Moore the Scarier
Bush, Cheney, and Ashcroft the "real axis of evil."
He blamed 9-11 attacks on too many White people and not enough
Black men on the planes.
And in his Oscar
Night diatribe, film-maker Michael Moore used his win of an
Academy Award to rant against a "fictitious" President
Bush, "fictitious election results," and the War
on Iraq, which he claimed was for "fictitious reasons."
"We live in
fictitious times," he said when picking up the award
for best documentary for his anti-gun film "Bowling for
And Michael Moore
should know. Because everything from his "working-class
Joe" persona to his so-called documentary, for which
he won the award, is largely fictitious. Michael Moore is
the master of the truly fictitious.
His public persona
is that of an anti-corporate crusader from working-class Flint,
Michigan, who wears a constant uniform of slouchy jeans, a
plaid shirt and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap. But the real
Michael Moore rides in limos and lives in a swanky $1.2 million
Manhattan apartment. Moore's "blue collar bonhomie"
to Detroit Free Press film critic Terry Lawson, Moore's first
and Me" featured manipulated facts and the breaking
of established documentary rules.
Then there's his
latest "documentary," "Bowling for Columbine."
not be the best word for this manipulative piece of cinematic
celluloid. "Fictitious," Moore's current term of
choice, would be more accurate.
That includes the
title. Moore says he chose "Bowling for Columbine"
because Columbine High mass murderers Eric Harris and Dylan
Klebold attended a bowling class the morning of the massacre.
Reality check: Jefferson County Sheriffs, who investigated
the killings, say they skipped the class that day, and have
the attendance sheets and blank bowling scoring sheets to
prove it. Had Moore bothered to check the official report
of the police investigation, he'd have known that. But why
bother with the facts when you're the fictitious Michael Moore?
anti-war ideology gets the best of his fact-checking capabilities.
His film implies Harris and Klebold had violent tendencies
because of "weapons of mass destruction" produced
by a Lockheed Martin assembly plant in their hometown of Littleton.
"Bowling" actually features footage of giant rocket
assembly to make the point. But, according to Daniel Lyons
in Forbes magazine, Lockheed Martin's Littleton plant makes
space launch vehicles for TV satellites, not weapons.
And Moore's anti-gun
fervor also trumps the facts. He stages an event at North
Country Bank and Trust in Michigan's Traverse City, claiming
that opening an account would entitle one to walk out of the
bank with a gun in hand. The film shows him doing just that.
But the key word is "staged." In reality, the bank
does not provide guns for opening accounts, and you can't
walk in or out of the bank with one—unless you're a
security guard employed by the bank. The gun is one of several
"giveaways" that can be chosen by customers in exchange
for opening a CD account. In order to qualify for the gun,
customers must open a 3-year CD with at least $5,000 and then
must pass a background check for the gun, which can only be
picked up at a licensed gun dealer.
Arguably, the worst
fiction in Moore's documentary is visited upon Hollywood producer
Dick Clark of "American Bandstand" fame. Moore confronts
Clark, trying to ask him questions and accusing him of responsibility
for the fatal shooting in 2000 of 6-year-old Kayla Rowland
of Mount Morris Township, Michigan, by her classmate, at Buell
Moore blames the
shooting on Michigan's work-to-welfare program, which he claims
prevented the shooter's mother, Tamarla Owens, from spending
time with him. And he blames Clark, because Owens work-to-welfare
job was at his "American Bandstand" restaurant at
an area mall.
But Clark and the
work-to-welfare program had nothing to do with it. Owens,
who had three children with three different fathers and was
once charged as a drug dealer, married a convicted drug dealer.
Before the shooting, she abandoned her son, turning him over
to her brother, who lived in a flophouse rife with stolen
guns and ammunition, where drug deals went on at all hours.
Michigan's Family Independence Agency reported that she was
a poor mother, and she later lost custody of all three children,
two of them permanently.
Blaming the shooting
of a classmate by Owen's son on Dick Clark is outrageous.
But that's Michael
Moore. A fictitious man living in a fictitious time. With
a fictitious, Academy Award winning "documentary."
As Brian Rohrbough, whose son Daniel died at Columbine, said,
"This is just a guy trying to capitalize on the tragedy
latest best-selling book is "Stupid White Men. . . and
Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation," As
they say, it takes one to know one. But the stupidest and
sorriest are not Moore and those he writes about, but those
who fall for his propaganda.