Guess What? Even the Left is Turning on Michael Moore...
It's heartening to see that even the left is realizing that Michael Moore is just a huge liar. A new documentary, to debut on March 10th, looks at is various lies:
In part the “stuff” amounts to a catalog of alleged errors — both of omission and commission — in Moore’s films, beginning with his 1989 debut, “Roger & Me.” That film largely revolved around Moore’s fruitless attempts to interview Roger Smith, then the chairman of General Motors, after his company closed plants in Moore’s birthplace, Flint, Mich.: an interview that occurred, Melnyk and Caine said, although Moore left it on the cutting-room floor.
“I’m still a big proponent of ‘Roger & Me,’ especially for its importance in American documentary making,” said John Pierson, the longtime producers’ representative who helped sell the film to Warner Brothers and now teaches at the University of Texas in Austin. “But it was disheartening to see some of the material in Debbie and Rick’s film. I wouldn’t say I was crushed. I’m too old to be crushed. But my students were.”
Calling the Melnyk-Caine film “unbelievably fair,” Pierson said it asks what really matters in nonfiction filmmaking: Should all documentary-making be considered subjective and ultimately manipulative, or should the viewer be able to believe what he or she sees? “I found it encouraging,” he said, “that my students were dumbstruck.”
Pierson and students in his advanced producing class have even made a project out of promoting “Manufacturing Dissent” (a title that echoes “Manufacturing Consent,” the 1992 Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick film about Noam Chomsky). They have helped to publicize the Austin premiere with slogans that include: “Michael Moore doesn’t like documentaries. That’s why he doesn’t make them.” And “It’s never been so hard to get Michael Moore in front of a camera.”
In “Manufacturing Dissent” Caine and Melnyk — whose previous films include “Junket Whore,” about movie journalists, and “Citizen Black,” about Conrad Black — note that the scene in “Fahrenheit 9/11” in which President Bush greets “the haves, and the have-mores” took place at the annual Al Smith Dinner, where politicians traditionally make sport of themselves. Melnyk and Caine received a video of the speeches from the dinner’s sponsor, the Archdiocese of New York. “Al Gore later answers a question by saying, ‘I invented the Internet,”’ Caine said. “It’s all about them making jokes at their own expense.”