Monday, March 24, 2003
More about Moore

A couple more thoughts about Mr. Moore.

First, his little "anit-war" message is so lost in his anti-Bush rhetoric (ficticious elections?) that it's really hard to take him seriously. And I personally don't consider him to be a peacenik at all, not with his finger-wagging, angry "acceptance" speech. You really just need to read his open letter to Bush to realize that the guy is a friggin' idiot. He claims to speak as "we", when he really just speaks for himself and the sheep that are his fans.

Second, I thought it would be helpful to share the definition of "documentary", from Merriam Webster:

Main Entry: 1doc·u·men·ta·ry
Pronunciation: "dä-ky&-'men-t&-rE, -'men-trE
Function: adjective
Date: 1802
1 : being or consisting of documents : contained or certified in writing
2 : of, relating to, or employing documentation in literature or art; broadly : FACTUAL, OBJECTIVE <a documentary film of the war>

Objective? If anybody who has seen Bowling for Columbine considers it objective, or even truthful, then I would suggest digging into many of the claims made in the movie for some clarity. Also, I would urge people to look at his website to see how utterly "objective" this guy is. As I've said, he is anti-capitalist, anti-Bush, anti-Republican, anti-personal responsibility, anti everything. To continue our lesson plan for this fine Monday:

Main Entry: pro·pa·gan·da
Pronunciation: "prä-p&-'gan-d&, "prO-
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin, from Congregatio de propaganda fide Congregation for propagating the faith, organization established by Pope Gregory XV died 1623
Date: 1718
1 capitalized : a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions
2 : the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
3 : ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect

(emphasis mine)

So you be the judge. Is his film a documentary? Or is it propaganda?

And an example of his passionate pursuit of "truth", observe his comments to reporters backstage:

He dismissed the jeers he received, telling reporters: "Don't report that there was a split decision in the hall because five loud people booed."

So there he was, speaking as "WE", when video clearly shows hardly anybody applauding his tirade, and the boos equaling, if not drowning out, the cheers. But in his perfect world, he would have control over all media for 24 hour broadcast of his truthful little world.

I feel for the guy, though. How miserable a life he must lead. Then again, he's so convinced of his untruths that he's probably quite happy living in his la-la land, where he can bash capitalism and then go home and count his greenbacks. Ah, the beauty of these United States.

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