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The AP Tries To Cover Up Moore’s Latest Lie

From his lickspittle fans at the Associated Press:

Moore says he didn’t interview Smith for “Roger & Me”

Jun 16, 2007


BELLAIRE, Mich. – Michael Moore says he hasn’t seen “Manufacturing Dissent,” a film that accuses him of dishonesty in the making of his politically charged documentaries.

But he denies one of its most explosive allegations: that he did interview Roger Smith, then-chairman of General Motors Corp. and the subject of Moore’s 1989 debut “Roger & Me,” but left the footage on the cutting room floor.

“Anybody who says that is a … liar,” Moore told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday after a showing of his new film, “Sicko,” in the northern Michigan village of Bellaire.

Toronto-based filmmakers Rick Caine and Debbie Melnyk released “Manufacturing Dissent” in March. It includes a clip of a question-and-answer exchange between Moore and Smith during a May 1987 GM shareholders meeting.

Caine and Melnyk say it undercuts the central theme of “Roger & Me” – Moore’s fruitless effort to interview an evasive Smith about the effects of GM plant closings in Flint, Moore’s hometown.

In the AP interview, Moore acknowledged having had “a good five minutes of back-and forth” with Smith about a company tax abatement at the shareholders’ meeting, as reported by Premiere magazine in 1990. But that was before he began working on “Roger & Me” and had nothing to do with the film, Moore said.

Besides, he said, the film wasn’t primarily about interviewing Smith, but getting him to observe the economic devastation in Flint.

“If I’d gotten an interview with him, why wouldn’t I put it in the film?” Moore said. “Any exchange with Roger Smith would have been valuable.” And GM surely would have publicized it in response to the movie, he said.

“I’m so used to listening to the stuff people say about me, it just becomes entertainment for me at this point,” Moore said. “It’s a fictional character that’s been created with the name of Michael Moore.”

Once again note how in typical fashion the AP only reports any negative news about one of its heroes when it can present their side of events.

Note too that the AP cut out any references to the multi-millionaire propagandist’s notoriously foul mouth with their ellipses:

“Anybody who says that is a … liar,”

Also note that the article seems to say that the anti-Moore documentary claims Mr. Moore filmed the interview and left it on the cutting room floor. But it does not provide direct quotes.

Given that Mr. Moore works in video, this statement would perforce be technically untrue. But it is clear that the more significant charge is that (like Cindy Sheehan, who was inspired by him) Michael Moore had indeed been able to address the subject of his stalking — though he claimed otherwise.

The article accepts Moore’s claim that this exchange occurred before he began his project. But why then was he at a GM stockholders meeting if he wasn’t already working on his “documentary”?

Lastly, notice how the AP carefully fails to mention anything about the background of the people who made the “Manufacturing Dissent” film, who are devout leftists who were appalled at Mr. Moore’s dishonest actions.

And while we are on the subject of accuracy, Mr. Moore propaganda piece is regularly presented at such places like Wikipedia as having been funded “by Michael Moore’s mortgaging of his home and partly by bingo games.”

In fact, a major source of money was the left-wing magazine Mother Jones. Mother Jones had fired Mr. Moore after only three months of his services because he had put one of his friends on the cover.

Mr. Moore sued the company and rather than go to trial Mother Jones gave him some money in an out of court settlement. Moore then used this money to make “Roger & Me” — his evisceration of personal greed and lack of responsibility.

And speaking of lawsuits (and honesty) Michael Moore was successfully sued for another misrepresentation in his epic. His “former friend,” Larry Stecco successfully argued that his portrayal in the movie was not an accurate reflection of his character and won.

Stecco was interviewed attending a society fund raising ball and was made out to be a high-society fat cat who partied while people where starving outside. He was actually a lawyer who worked pro-bono for the poorer residents of Flint.

But anyone who still has any doubts about Michael Moore being a pathological liar need only explore his claims about the Katrina Relief work of the Veterans For Peace, for which he shilled relentlessly in the aftermath of the storm.

In fact by their own admission the VFP did next to nothing to help the Katrina victims. But Michael Moore claimed they had elaborate food kitchens and medical clinics, all to help them raise money that could have gone to helping the victims.

But the truth has never mattered to Michael Moore.

He makes documentaries.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 17th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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