Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man

Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man

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by David T. Hardy, Jason Clarke

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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

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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 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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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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Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally! This book is just what is needed to show how M. Moore takes his liberal and often biased views and tricks 'mulit-millions' of people into thinking that he is portraying the truth, when in fact his subject matter is far from such a thing. Well done, good read for those who suspect Michael Moore might not be all he makes himself out to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this obviously isn't War & Peace, but it does do a very good job of documenting the pathological nature of Mr. Moore's mind; the petty histrionics and intellectual (I use that term generously) gyrations he goes through whenever he is challenged. You may still want to believe what Moore says but you would do well to pick a more honest and legitimate spokesman. God help the Democrats for having to suck up to this guy. He deserves his spot up there with Jesse and Al.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I question the validity of some of the arguments that the authors make in this book. In chapter 2, for example, the authors state that a good way to rate situations is by doing the opposite of what Michael Moore says. One of their examples is that after Roger and Me was made, GM had a record year of profits. Well, duh. Thats what Roger and Me was about, and all of the downsizing GM did to make those 'record profits.' How does that make any case against Moore? Also, I visited Moore's website to see the 'Wacko Attackos' section where Moore supposedly just calls people names who question him. It wasn't just name-calling however, Moore promptly addresses qualms people have with his work. I also looked Moore up in newspaper archives (the Indianapolis Star) and found that he has done things like stopped k-marts from carrying hand-gun ammunition, and helped people with their HMO's. Can this guy really be that evil? The book just seems to make nothing but moot points, and weird, drawn-out conclusions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If anything should be said about this book to start it is that the author while knowledgable doesn't know how to write. There was more than on instance when I was forced to read a passage again to figure out what he was trying to say. This being said however the book is a must for Moore's fans abnd his haters alike. It sheds light on so many things that the man has done in his work that it makes you wonder how he can be viewed as credible in any part of the world by anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing to point out about this book is that it tends to be repetitive. However it does serve its purpose, to expose the half-truths, convoluted arguments and imaginary world that Michael Moore lives in. I found parts of the book to be extremely interesting while others seemingly lacking in detail. Although this book has it flaws, mainly in that it can be repetitive and not all that well written, it does expose one of the most out of touch men in this country for what he really is. A liar, cheat and master manipulator.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this book is repetitive and frankly, not that well written. I'll admit, when I first read Moore's books, I believed everything he said. Later I began to have doubts, and this book pointed out the flaws in Moore's argument. One thing I don't like about this book is how the authors sometimes attack Moore's personal history. I'm not saying you should buy this book and become anti-Moore. But when you make a decision, you should atleast try to see from both point of views.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, this book waste too much valuable print and paper on personal attacks. And, yes, pop psychology is usually a poor to explore the views of another person. But Moore brought both of these on himself as the authors show. When Moore is not outright lying, deceiving, and abusive; he is usually sneaky and vacillating. He peppers his books and films with innuendo instead of taking a stand. When taken to task for his presumed positions, his defenses revolve around evasion (he tries to blame everyone else), equivocation (he claims that his critics misinterpret what he never actually states), diversion (he asks the media to stop reporting on his lies and focus on the lies of others), and good, old-fashioned mudslinging (and he digs deep for his dirt). That he is an entertainer does not excuse his slippery behavior. The good point of the book is when the authors straighten out the chronologies of the various stories Moore tells -- Moore evidently does not believe that causes come before effects. The bad point is when they try to apply amateur psychology to a man they have never met. (One man's arrogance is another man's confidence.) It is true that Moore tries the same on Bush in his books, but this is no excuse for anyone else to try the same. By using Moorean tactics, they have discredited themselves. Moore should answer the questions his critics have raised about his work, but he will have to if those questions are just personal attacks. Perhaps they will do better next time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a 'Feel Good' for conservatives who feel they need to justify themselves in the face of all the facts. It's a book for people who still believe there are ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda. It's a book for people who think that Bush's foreign policies are sound. It's a book for people who think criticism is unpatriotic. It's a book for people who think Fox News is 'fair and unbalanced'--NOT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first thought that this would be a shameless attack on Michael Moore with pages and pages of shameful, reiterated attacks. However, it is a very good read and well written. This book is not a blow-by-blow of what is wrong with Moore's work. It also includes essays from other authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read, and that's not only because I couldn't stop laughing, but also because it was all true. Finally a book that exposes the man who has spent a lifetime lying about others. The most informative part is how we see his personal vendettas becoming the source of his slanted films. The reason this book exposes the man is obvious to anyone who puts 10 SECONDS OF THOUGHT into the idea. For example: we discover his anger comes from actually being fired from places such as GM because he was a poor worker, and so he made a film in an attempt to hurt that company. This is not unlike the vindictive 7-year-old schoolboy who deflates the tires of his least favorite teacher because he failed a test he didn't even bother to study for in the first place. Or perhaps it's closer to the employee who is constantly late, does a poor job, is fired and then lies about the company to get even... all because they he was fired for not doing his job. This is the story of the fat kid in the back of the class with the pocket protector, who wishes he were a superhero so he could meet girls and be one of the cool kids, but instead spends his time mumbling to himself... 'I'll get them,.. I'll get them all!!!¿ Great Book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After watching Bowling for Columbine, I was a bit suspicious about some of Moore's assertions and implications. I did some internet research and was floored by how he had pulled the wool over my eyes (and probably many other people's too). This book sheds light on Moore's methodology. I know some devout Moore fans who have read it and were floored by how they were manipulated. I would recommend this book for Moore lovers and Moore haters alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A clear, in-depth look at the credibility of the supposed 'documentarian,' Michael Moore. The authors' work finally explains why Moore gives me that goose-pimply, ill feeling.