Bark for me dogboy!

by Mitch on 9/09/2004

About two weeks ago I spoke to my friend about Michael Moore. He swore black and blue that Michael Moore’s writing would save the world some day and hailed many of his books as a gospel. Unfortunately, the conversation went down hill when I asked if they knew who Jason Clarke (author of “Michael Moore Is A Big Fat Stupid White Man”) or David Hardy (owner and operator of Moore Exposed). In fact, the conversation went as follows:

Friend: Dude, have you read Stupid White Men?
Me: Nah, sorry, not yet, but it’s on my to-do list.
Friend: Man, he is the best author ever, he knows everything!
Me: Cool, you read any of the websites or books that are anti-Moore?
Friend: No, why should I?
Me: Because unless you get all the facts, you are basically letting Michael Moore make your mind up for you.
Friend: What do you mean?
Me: Well moron… Well, the fact is, Michael Moore is well-known for manipulating facts to his own story. Sure you might agree with what he says, but until you’ve seen evidence against his points-of-view you are naively believing the propaganda he shovels you.
Friend: Well, errrr, he still rocks! Hard!
Me: Maybe you should read Michael Moore Is A Big Fat Stupid White Man or check out Moore Exposed on the internet before you begin humping his leg.
Friend: Who are they?
Me: Okay, I think my point is proven.

I walked away in disbelief. While after I saw Bowling For Columbine I was deeply moved and believed everything the tape said, after a week of casual chats and google searches, while I still agreed with him, I started to see a lot of facts he left out. I don’t really want to go into it too deeply, but I just think that anyone who takes on board what he says, should also question everything they hear from him. I think much of what he says is gold, but I do know that he is very unlikely to site down and put forward facts that would turn his readers/viewers against his point-of-view.

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  1. 10/09/2004The Backflipboy says:

    I have recently looked at a few anti Moore sites myself and listened to other people talk about the whole Moore vs the universe and I have stepped back a little from taking as gospel everything that MM says.

    It has been proved on the anti Moore sites and in other media that he has at times manipulated interviews or exaggerated the full story to get a point across, but his films and books do tend to make people stop and think – that is a good thing.

    On the other hand, the anti Moore sites have been known to play that game as well at times. It’s the same game that every media outlet in the world does to sell newspapers or get higher ratings – look at the recent pasting that train drivers got in the press in Sydney because the media believed the lies told to them by RailCorp and ignored every attempt of the real story being told because that wouldn’t have sold papers.

    On another similar subject of bending the truth, this site gives a different point of view of the “attack” on the Pentagon 4 years ago.

  2. 10/09/2004Mitch Malone says:

    See, my point is right there, at least you bothered to read both points of view and have a decent understanding of the truth now.

    It really is a war, they all manipulate the facts, it’s just a matter of letting them both do what they do and then deciding for yourself. Anyone who lets either party decide for them isn’t doing themselves, or anyone else, any favors.