March 21, 2003
Guns, Lies, and Videotape

In yet another example of a media darling getting caught with his underoos showing, a real documentary film maker takes some time out to fact-check Michael Moore's latest film, "Bowling for Columbine". The results are startling to say the least:

The bottom line: can a film be called a documentary when the viewer cannot trust an iota of it, not only the narration, but the video?

Read it all, especially if you think you agree with Mr. Moore's views and politics, enjoy his films, or if you like reading a particularly well-done takedown of a media primadonna.

I don't like Michael Moore, but for awhile I tried. Everyone kept going on and on about "Roger & Me", his film about his attempts to interview the chief executive of General Motors after the company closed a plant in Flint MI. I didn't see the movie, although I can't tell you why I kept passing on it, but I did try and watch "TV Nation", another critic's darling, this time on network TV.

I found Moore to be obnoxious, elitist, virulently left wing, and so completely unreasonable in his attempts to "display hypocrisy" he set my teeth on edge at nearly every turn. How can anyone really expect an enlightened interview from a corporate executive when the purported "journalist" is dressed in a giant chicken outfit? Nowadays the MTV show Jackass does some of the same stuff, but at least they make no attempt to pose it as real journalism.

Posted by scott at March 21, 2003 10:41 AM

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He sources Ben Fritz, a clumsy Moore hater.

Jackass has long been cancelled.

I like your blog for the science content, but damn, it makes you look bad to disregard accuracy.

And--go see it. I'm sure your faith is strong enough to withstand the onslaught of liberalism.

Posted by: Barney Gumble on March 21, 2003 11:14 PM

He didn't just source Fritz, and he did a whole lot of dissection himself. It would be nice to see some sources to back up your claim that the original article is at all inaccurate. We're all for fact-checking around here.

I have no particular wish to view the movie, for the reasons I listed above. I don't hate Moore the way some do, but I can say I dislike him. Not because of what he "stands for" but because of the way he does it.

Posted by: scott on March 22, 2003 08:14 AM
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