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Moore's Media Mania

Reported by Eleanor - June 25, 2004 -

June 24 at 11:17 p.m. ET on Jon Stewart's Daily Show, Michael Moore got a standing ovation, and said "keep doing it" to the right wing threats and harassment of movie theater owners, as well as law suits to stop the ads for his Fahrenheit 9/11 film, because it's increasing the interest in the film. CNN and CNBC also had something to say about Fahrenheit 9/11 today.

When Jon Stewart asked Moore if the film is "fair," Moore replied that his movie is full of "facts," but when he appears in the film, he's expressing his own opinions, and they are one-sided. Stewart commented that he admires Moore's honesty, "It's cynical to say you're fair when you're not fair." (Remind you of anyone?)

CNBC at 7:32 p.m. ET on June 25, the day the film opened nationwide, David Bossie of Citizens United, who is pushing a lawsuit against Moore, said that Moore is not above the law. Based on his lawsuit, the courts will stop the advertising of Moore's film after July 30. He ended with, "The FEC strengthened our case using the Campaign Finance Reform law." He said with this law, "The Supreme Court has deprived Moore of his first amendment rights, not me."

At 7:35 p.m., Michael Medved, Talk Radio Host, appearing on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, stated, "Moore's film has no balance. There are no right-wing documentaries coming out of Hollywood to balance it," indicating that movie makers are biased. Marc Green, author of "The Book of Bush," counters with an observation that the entire government is controlled by republicans, and "now they're screaming" about one film being unbalanced.

When asked if the film is full of distortions and manipulations, Green responded that it's not balanced, but full of facts. "Fair because what he (Moore) says about Bush is not covered by the establishment media."

Medved tried to interrupt by bringing up the issue of Saudi Arabia, but Green would have none of it. He said, "It's not about the Saudis. It's about Bush."

Also, the networks are showing a video of Moore being questioned about his knowledge of the prisoner abuse in December when he was filming in Iraq, and not reporting it to authorities. Moore said, "Report to whom? The Justice Department? I didn't trust them." (According to recent revelations about the duplicity of the Justice Department in the abuse, Moore was right.)

Comment: Moore might be rotund, verbose and unkempt, with little concern for social mores, that his detractors are using to discredit him, but he tells the naked truth with the pictures to prove it, and that sells.