Michael Moore

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Michael Moore (born April 23, 1954) is a left-wing[1] demagogue, a filmmaker and a conspiracy theorist. Moore is critical of the U.S. government, as can be seen in his reply to the question "You do not seem to like the U.S., do you?"

I like America to some extent. … Americans are simple and clear. They are charming people. You will understand how good an individual American is. What I am not satisfied with America is that the nation cannot control the government and economy. Only a handful of people have the power to control the country. [2]

Moore's films and television programs represent some of the most egregious examples of deceitful liberal propaganda in contemporary American political discourse. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become the most high profile international proponent of the theories of Michael Moore.

Moore is an Eagle Scout and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

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Manufacturing dissent

He is a hero in liberal Hollywood and to booksellers who tend to agree with his politics. Moore's films and commentaries are often based on themes of alleged "capitalist" greed. Though a multi-millionaire, Moore frequently appears on television and in photos dressed like blue-collar workers with whom he attempts to identify.

Moore produced a movie portraying President George W. Bush as part of a massive conspiracy, named Fahrenheit 9/11. The contents of the film were systematically shown to be untrue, maliciously edited, and bordering on treasonous by an independent study [3].

Moore was the producer and host of the television series "The Awful Truth," which was typified by a type of sketch-comedy activism that was often directed against large corporations and government agencies.

Moore's movie "Bowling for Columbine", which used the Columbine school massacre as a starting point, won the Acadamy Award for Best Documentary. Some of his other work includes the anti-corporate film Roger and Me and the books Dude, Where's my Country, Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American and Stupid White Men.

Moore also directed the anti-war music video for "Boom!" by System of a Down, which was released to coincide with the beginning of the Iraq war.

His production company which produces feature documentary-style films is Michael Moore Films.[4]

Michael Moore was the subject of the 2004 documentaries Michael Moore Hates America[5], Fahrenhype 9/11[6] and the 2007 documentary Manufacturing Dissent.[7] He was also the subject of books including Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man by David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke[8] and Forgive Us Our Spins: Michael Moore and the Future of the Left by Jesse Larner.[9]

Movies

Sicko

Main article: SiCKO

In his comedy documentary, Sicko, Michael Moore argued for the revamping of the American health care system, and supported that of Canada, Britain, Cuba, and France. Sicko was released in late June 2007. In this documentary, Moore argues for a nationalized health care system, citing the supposed positive effects from the health care systems of the aforementioned countries, and the supposed negative effects stemming from the health care system of the United States. [10][11] Sicko received much criticism for dishonestly ignoring the problems with, in particular, Britain's National Health Service. [12]

Earnings

Michael Moore's films have grossed worldwide in excess of $200,000,000.00. A breakdown for just the United States of America is below.

Michael Moore's Gross US box office film earnings[13][14]
Film U.S. Gross $
Roger & Me $6,706,368
Canadian Bacon $178,104
The Big One $720,074
Bowling for Columbine $21,576,018
Fahrenheit 9/11 $119,114,517
Sicko $24,540,079
Capitalism: A Love Story $17,436,509 TOTAL $190,271,669

Treasury investigation

According to Reuters in June 2007, Moore is reported to have hidden assets in Canada in reaction to an official investigation. Moore was operating offshore in Cuba allegedly as a "journalistic endeavor." The United States Treasury Department does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations. [15]

Criticism

Christopher Hitchens said of Fahrenheit 9/11, and Moore's work:

To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental…Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of 'dissenting' bravery." [16][17]


In 2004, Moore warned that if Bush was re-elected as President: "...he's going to bring back the draft. He will be forced to. Because, thanks to his crazy war, recruitment is going to be at an all-time low. And many of the troops stuck over there are NOT going to re-enlist. The only way Bush is going to be able to staff the military is to draft you and your friends. Parents, make no mistake about it - Bush's second term will see your sons taken from you and sent to fight wars for the oily rich."[18] Over four years later, the draft had not been reintroduced.

Moore says that corporations are "terrorists" and has said "I don't own a single share of stock" but IRS records showed he owned at least several hundreds of thousand dollars in stocks in Pentagon contractors like Boeing, pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lilly, and even Halliburton, the company most vilified by Moore in Fahrenheit 9/11.

Co creator of South Park, Matt Stone, was very critical of Moore's Bowling for Columbine because of animated segment which was played shortly after Moore's interview with Stone, which featured a similar animation style to South Park. Stone alleged that Moore was trying to make it seem as if he and fellow South Park creator Trey Parker had created the cartoon, which they did not. Matt Stone criticized the short as being "anti- American".

Moore uses a private jet on his book tours and stays at the Ritz Carlton hotel when in London, but conducts press interviews in a cheap hotel nearby to give reporters the impression he is staying there instead. Moore calls himself "an Average Joe from Flint, MI" and says, "Once you’re working class, you’re always working class". The reality is that hypocrite Moore lives a luxury-class lifestyle out of reach of most Flint residents.

Moore says that Americans who live in white neighborhoods are racist, but lives in a town (Central Lake, Michigan) which according to the 2000 Census, had a black population of zero.

Speaking of the Afghanistan war, Moore wants to end the war and give victory to the Taliban. In a letter addressed to Obama, Moore writes, "It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do." [19]

Wikipedia controversy

Michael Moore's official website [1] put an image and name of a Wikipedia editor on its main page with links to edit both Wikipedia's article on Sicko and the Wikipedia editor's user page. Wikipedia policy explicitly states,

"A website that engages in the practice of publishing private information concerning the identities of Wikipedia participants will be regarded as an attack site whose pages should not be linked to from Wikipedia pages under any circumstances."[2]

Wikipedia Dispute Resolution policy stated aim is to "primarily investigate interpersonal disputes" [3] and not content disputes. Policy further states,

"Links to attack sites may be removed by any user...Deliberately linking to an attack site may be grounds for blocking." [4]

Wikipedia Conflict of interest policy states, "Adding material that appears to promote the interests or visibility of an article's author, his family members, employer, associates, or his business or personal interests, places the author in a conflict of interest." [5] and "Campaigning. Activities regarded by insiders as simply "getting the word out" may appear promotional or propagandistic to the outside world... may have a conflict of interest."[6]

Protection of Wikipedia editors from activities targeting editors for harassment also states,"Any user, including an administrator using administrative powers, may remove or otherwise defeat attempts at harassment of a user. This includes harassment directed at the user themselves."[7], and finally, "It is unacceptable to harass another user."[8]

Unequivocally, Michael Moore's official website, michaelmoore.com, engaged in egregious violations of multiple Wikipedia policies warranting blocking of users from Michael Moore's website, and editors linking to it. Further, official Wikipedia policy states all links to Michael Moore’s website from Wikipedia must be removed.

In discussion of the case, harassment and intimidation of a Wikipedia editor was excused, whose expertise on the subject of healthcare was characterized as "an attorney, who is a Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank." [9] The interpersonal nature of the attack was ignored by Wikipedia's rule making body, in favor of,

"a bunch of considerations. One is that Sicko, finally, brings to public attention information which has not been generally presented by American media. This is right up our alley... we and whoever runs Moore's website look ridiculous. ..."

Wikipedia's Neutral Point of View (NPOV), laid down by founder Jimbo Wales allegedly is "absolute and non-negotiable."[10][11] Wikipedia Arbitration Chairman stated,

"Obviously we need to make an exception for prominent people whose viewpoint we support."

When asked what he learned from the Michael Moore experience, the Chairman said,

"If a powerful leftwing celebrity attacks a rightwing Wikipedia editor on his website, his supporters on Wikipedia should be able, as a practical matter, to prevent removal of links to his site."

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