Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man

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Watching Michael Moore in action?passing off manipulating facts in Bowling for Columbine, spinning statistics in Stupid White Men and Dude, Where's My Country?, shamelessly grandstanding at the Academy Awards, and epitomizing the hypocrisy he's made a king's fortune railing against?has spurred authors David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke to take action into their own hands. In Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man, Hardy and Clarke dish it back hard to the fervent prophet of the far left, turning a careful eye ...

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Overview

Watching Michael Moore in action—passing off manipulating facts in Bowling for Columbine, spinning statistics in Stupid White Men and Dude, Where's My Country?, shamelessly grandstanding at the Academy Awards, and epitomizing the hypocrisy he's made a king's fortune railing against—has spurred authors David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke to take action into their own hands. In Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man, Hardy and Clarke dish it back hard to the fervent prophet of the far left, turning a careful eye on Moore's use of camera tricks and publicity ploys to present his own version of the truth.

Postwar documentarians gave us the documentary, Rob Reiner gave us the mockumentary, and Moore initiated a third genre, the crockumentary.

How, they ask, does Moore pull off a proletarian, "man-of-the-people" image so at odds with his lifestyle as a fabulously wealthy Manhattanite? And how large of an impact do his incendiary, ill-founded polemics have on the growing community that follows him with near-religious devotion? Loaded with well-researched, solidly reasoned arguments, and laced with irreverent wit, Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man fires back at one of the left's biggest targets—politically and literally.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060779603
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2005
  • Edition description: New and Updated Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

After ten years of service as an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., David T. Hardy returned to Tucson, Arizona, where he has handled everything from death penalty appeals to First Amendment cases. He is the creator of Mooreexposed.com.

Jason Clarke has been at different times a telemarketer, proofreader, and an unemployed American. He is currently a website developer and writer living in New England. He founded Moorelies.com following the 2003 Academy Awards, and has since become one of the loudest voices answering Michael Moore's every public outburst.

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Table of Contents

An open letter to Michael Moore 5
The prophet of the left is never right 13
First offense : Roger & me 17
Michael Moore, humbug 29
Stupid white men : the gospel according to Michael 37
America's left surrenders itself to the giant sulk 59
Searching for truth in Bowling for Columbine 65
The awful truth? It's a crock 97
Questioning the documentary 103
Moore money 117
Michael Moore's last days in office 123
Dude, where's your integrity? 127
Michael Moore's truth problem 143
And the Oscar for acting out goes to ... 151
Fahrenheit 666 : truth goes to hell in a handbasket 165
Moore and terrorism 181
Moore stories 189
Libel suit 9/11 199
Unfairenheit 9/11 203
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First Chapter

Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man

An Open Letter to Michael Moore

Dear Mike,

Here we are again, a year or so later.

What, you don't remember us? We understand how we might've slipped your mind -- what with your hectic schedule composing wildly arrogant letters to presidents and other people who actually do things for a living. Or touring Europe to preach resentment of the United States (before jetting back to enjoy the good life here). And, of course, there's the significant amount of time you must spend laughing all the way to the bank.

But we're your "wacko attackos," as you've so affectionately dubbed us. We're among the many who've been keeping an eye on you -- and piping up -- over the years. And well, we thought you deserved a response to the many unanswered letters you've sent to the high and mighty ... so here goes.

It all started in March 2003 as we were sitting in our respective homes on opposite ends of the country. While watching the Academy Awards, we saw you take the stage to accept the Best Documentary Feature award for Bowling for Columbine. And like many of the millions of Americans who had also tuned in, we were disgusted and appalled by your shamelessly self-aggrandizing and ironic acceptance speech.

Everyone was waiting for you to thank your team and family, to share the limelight for a moment. But you didn't have it in you. "We live in fictitious times," you bellowed from the stage, knowing that it would make the moment, and indeed the entire ceremony, forever about Mike. Then you summarized your political views: "We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it is the fictition [sic] of duct tape or the fictition of orange alerts, we are against this war, Mr. Bush! Shame on you, Mr. Bush! Shame on you!"

The reaction to your calculated "outburst" -- just one episode in a long line from your factory of carefully plotted spontaneity -- was immediate and irate, beginning with the audience you addressed. You were roundly and quickly shooed from the stage. This must have been an especially difficult pill for you to swallow, given that you were surrounded, in large part, by your ideological peers. But you had made a foolish, grandiose mistake: You imagined that a few polite handshakes and back pats from L.A. liberals gave you carte blanche to make a spectacle of yourself as a grandstanding, blathering, leftist idiot. Understand, Mike: It wasn't that the audience thought your views were wrong. How many Bush supporters and war hawks were there in that Hollywood audience, anyway? It isn't about politics. It's about being a pompous ass.

Outside the Kodak Theater, across the rest of the country, the thundering dismissal of your screed was amplified many times over in offices, at family dinner tables, and around bars.

Enter our web sites -- Moorelies.com and Mooreexposed.com. Just two small examples of the many Internet sites where you can find highly critical analyses of your award-winning "documentary," Bowling for Columbine.

Thanks to the Internet, the steady stream of insight into the true nature of your work began to pass effortlessly between the mainstream and the underground, between media big shots and regular folks who were sick and tired of standing by while your legend grew unchecked. Seemingly overnight, conventional wisdom about you came under question for the first time. No longer the media darling of your Roger & Me days, now much of the coverage about you became more accurate -- and thus more angry.

You weren't about to take a hint though.

Instead, your reaction was to dismiss us all -- and with malice. You labeled an entire movement looking critically at your work as "wacko attackos," and rather than address our charges, you dismissed us out of hand as "henchmen" of the president or tools of the right wing.

We can get over the almost hilarious paranoia reflected by your response. See, Mike, after the years together, we're aware of the well-worn pattern: People organize and present facts that expose the fallacies of your work, and you reply by characterizing them as "henchmen" and "wackos," whether in interviews, speeches, or on your web site.

The pattern since last year's Oscars is only a heightened version of your longtime modus operandi. You've been loudly condemning a long line of your critics for quite some time now, in exactly the same way, since your Mother Jones days in the mid-1980s. You're the King of Deflection and always have been, no matter how long the chorus of criticisms last.

And while your true nature has been revealed several times over your career, like a Democrat caught in a sex scandal, you continue to come back into vogue, stronger than ever. By now, of course, you've got millions on hand (in both cash and acolytes) to keep you afloat.

With your debut film, 1989's Roger & Me -- a comedic look at the downfall of your hometown -- you were savaged by two of film's most respected critics, Harlan Jacobson and Pauline Kael, but it was too late. By the time your misleading editing of the movie was exposed, you were already too deeply insulated by a wave of positive press to suffer any real damage. That didn't curb your reaction (or should we say reflex?) and you were soon shrilly accusing your critics of being part of a General Motors (GM) conspiracy against you.

In 1992, you survived the critical drubbing of your followup movie, Pets or Meat -- which was dismissed as a short and unoriginal rehash of Roger & Me -- and you even managed to refrain from lashing out at anybody for it. We'll chalk up the silence on your part to a sophomore slump.

It wasn't long before you got your wind back. Your propensity for altering reality served you well in your break into TV. Of course, you had to go to work for NBC, and then Fox Broadcasting -- two of the world's largest corporate media conglomerates -- but you seemed oddly unperturbed by the hypocrisy. Had you forgotten so quickly that rallying against the scourge of corporations is what made you famous?

Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man. Copyright © by David Hardy. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    FACE THE FACTS

    THE BOOK AS A WHOLE IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME, MOORE SAYS SOMETHING IS THIS WAY, BUT HERE IN THE REAL WORLD IT IS THIS WAY. FEEL GOOD LIBERALS WILL HATE TO FACE THE FACTS THIS BOOK BRINGS UP.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    To all Moore haters and lovers

    No matter what your feelings are toward Michael Moore, this is a must-read. It gives you a different perspective that is needed to be heard by all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2006

    I wish someone would make a movie out of this

    This is a great book that exposes Moore as the evil person that he is. He is as dishonest as Saddam, I think they'd be good buddies. My only regret is that this is only a book that fewer people will read than who saw Moore's propaganda 'documentaries'.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2005

    Great Read if you would like to know the truth behind his movies

    I read the book in one sitting and could not put it down. I have seen a number of Mr. Moore's movies and I did not care for them because to me they were not believeable. So when I read this book it all made sense, His movies are mostly fake and so is he, Most of Roger and Me was staged and this book has the facts to prove it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2004

    Is anyone surprised this would get some poor reviews?

    Personally, I think this is a SUPER book! Then again, the TRUE sour grapes belong to those who are seeing their hero getting his just desserts. The rest of us are saying 'It's about time!' This may not be Shakespeare, but it IS justice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    An Interesting Approach!

    I stumbled onto this book recently and bought it on a whim. I am not a fan of Michael Moore...I believe he's allowed to express his 'opinion' (often expressed as fact), but I also believe that I don't have to listen to it. This book did something that Mr. Moore has yet to try - use actual FACTS (and references to said facts) to back up their position. It was very enlightening to read what Moore depicted in his movies, and then the facts to discredit it, or at least show how the events were twisted to fit Moore's preconceived ideas of what happened. Very interesting read, and an eye opener. I've already bought 4 more books for friends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    Valid but weak

    The book, to speak in the vernacular, is ok. I mean they are more interested in bashing Mike Moore then actually discussing the political questions Moore raises. This book is just liberal bashing. Also anyone with a pulse can tell he has his own agenda but the tricks he pulls compared to the Thief in Chief are pale in comparision. Also he wasn't born rich or lived like a moviestar he made that wealth through his own hard work which is the american dream

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    Sad, sad propaganda for the even sadder Conservative masses

    With the release of the magnificent Fahrenheit 9/11, the Bush administration has been reeling. Knowing full well that the sheer brilliance of Michael Moore has let the truth about Dubbya be known, they've gone so far as to make an otherwise PG-13 movie R rated to deter people from seeing it. This is their desperation. I'm glad I didn't buy this garbage, but read it in the library. Mature title, too. Did Dubya come up with it? It's really sad that people fall for these lies about 'editing' and 'camera tricks', when in reality they simply can't accept that their leader is a brainless egomaniac who cavalierly starts wars with other countries and tries to strip people in his own of their natural liberties. Bring on the election, when we'll finally be able to oust this incompetent sap from Presidency and maybe with a new leader I'll no longer be ashamed to call myself an American.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    So?

    Everyone is biased in politics. That includes the news. You can hate Michael Moore if you want but he's just a guy who actually voices his political opinions and argues his point in a smart way. Anyone can trash someone else but not necessarily in a way that uses facts of shocking truths.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2007

    A reviewer

    The title and the entire contents of this book are the author's shameful attempt to ride to coat tails of Michael Moore and gain popularity as a Moore basher. Before making judgments about Moore's belivablity try reading his book 'Stupid White Men...' in which he fesses up about his Manhattan lifestyle and the fact the he does have a political agenda...just like everyone else, over the age of 18, that actually pays taxes. The honest truth is that Moore documentaries offer the public facts draped in Moore's own opinions and wrapped in his beliefs. But, that is more than Americans can get from their local news or even CNN- they omit the facts and only give very biased information! If you want facts and less biased views try watching the BCC but please remember that all media is biased in some way,shape, or form. -Written by a 28 year old army veteran, female, african american, working as a foreign humanitarian in Iraq and South Korea.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    everyone's got an agenda

    this book is just as bad as its subject. Hopefully everyone knows that Michael Moore has an agenda and is not objective about his work. The writers of this book are no different. They're using him in the same manner he used Bush, to lambast the left. Take the time to find the real facts and avoid biased trash.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    Hmm....Is it getting really childish or is it just me?

    I personally don't really like Michael Moore because he twists the truth as well to serve his conservative bashing views. Although this book critisizes him, it is very poorly written without enough substantial facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2004

    Michael Moore fan hears the other side.

    I too admit that when I watched michael moore films I believed everything he said. But after reading this book I am able to look at Moore a bit more objectivly, it was intresting to hear about all the flaws in his movies and he edited stuff to reflect his opinons. I will see the movie Michael Moore Hates America which is mentioned in the book at some point, just so I can hear about the things Moore talks about from a different perspective. Good Book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    BORING

    This book just pointed out moore's flaws not much of their points on the government. What moore is saying is correct and these people just can't handle it, i bet their envious that moore got to his standing before they did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    LET THE TRUTH BE BE TOLD FOR ONCE

    WOW MY HAT IS OFF TO THESE TWO WRITERS FOR HAVING THE GUTS TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT MOORE AND EXPOSE HIM AND HIS LIES AND HALF TRUTHS IN THIS AWSOME AND FAST READING BOOK.THIS BOOK IS WELL WRITTION AND VERYWELL DOCUMENTED AND VERY WELL RESEACHED AND VERY HARD TO PUT DOWN.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004

    Sour Grapes

    Michael Moore has stepped on a lot of toes bringing to light unjust activities of the elite. This book attempts to discredit Mr. Moore by twisting the facts.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    This book sucks!!!

    After indulging in my curiousity, I have found this book to be nonsense. It is something that I think that people should look at in order to take a multiperspective on Moore, but not take seriously.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Dishing it back to the King of Deflection

    This is a must read if you believe Moore has anything good to say. Also a good read if you want to fully refute Moore. I've just started reading it, but just briefly browsing through it it brings to light the lies & half truths of Moore. Well worth a read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    This book is not worth your money

    Like many people I was watching the Oscars the night Michale Moore gave his anti-Bush speech. Like many people I reacted the same way 'BOOOOOHHHH' . After watching Bowling for Columbine I started to look into his literature. I also spend many hours in the library doing my own research in alot of his topics. Many of them are true. I also just got done reading this book and let me tell you that it was an exact example of what Michael Moore talks about in his movies and books. The right wing era is on us and they should be happy because they control all aspects of gorvernment. But the minute someone decides to speak up against all the wrong doing of our head government, out comes a book like MICHAEL MOORE IS A BIG FAT STUPID WHITE MAN trying to twist and difuse all of his research. Like all great journalism and research the truth is always controversial and people that wish not to see it are the ones who rather be told that everything is well and everything is okay when it isn't. This book was a good reading to see how the RIGHT thinks about expressing yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Wow!

    This book has it all. It tears into all of Moore's lies and backs it up with fact after fact. All documented in the notes in the back of the book. Everything from the use of editing to camera tricks in his movies, including his inexusable attacks on Charlton Heston. Immaculately researched! Moore is going to be furious about this one, I wonder how he will childishly attack it's authors.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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