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6/23/2004


The hysterical, empty threats of Michael Moore

How agonizingly idiotic can one person be? I mean, this guy is the pinnacle of American hate. And yet, America enriches him by buying his books and watching his crappy movies. Writing about him makes my fingers bleed. Here’s the article written up at Slate.com by Jack Shafer.

    'Any attempts to libel me will be met by force,'' Fahrenheit 9/11 director Michael Moore told the New York Times on Sunday (June 20, 2004). 'The most important thing we have is truth on our side. If they persist in telling lies, knowingly telling a lie with malice, then I'll take them to court.'

    The Times also reported that Moore 'has consulted with lawyers who can bring defamation suits against anyone who maligns the film or damages his reputation,' and that he's established a 'war room' to monitor attacks on the film. Lest anybody miss his threat, the filmmaker repeated it the same day on This Week With George Stephanopoulos and in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle, and will probably whistle the same libel tune all week long in publicity interviews for the film, which opens Friday. "
And how does Michael Moore deal with co-opting his own professional values as a journalist?
    The first peculiar thing about Moore's libel-mongering is that most American journalists disdain libel suits as a matter of principle. Even when they have good cause for a suit, most journalists refrain from filing, believing that libel threats keep topics of controversy from being aired. They'd rather contest hostile attacks on their work in the marketplace of ideas, not courtrooms. Why Moore, the former editor of the Michigan Voice and a regular purveyor of controversial journalism, has chosen to break with this tradition is anybody's guess. (One irony too good to pass up: Stringent libel laws, the sort that Moore appears to be advocating this week, have essentially blocked the publication of journalist Craig Unger's book House of Bush, House of Saud in the United Kingdom. Noteworthy only because Unger and his book are important Fahrenheit 9/11 sources.)
F-9/11 is a total piece of crap that has more to do with the land of Mordor than it does with reality.

posted by: Brian Scott


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