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?
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.