March 28, 2002
By Generic Other
Stupid White Men, Michael Moore's book just hit #1
on the New York Times bestseller list, quite a feat
for a book that was due to be pulped and recycled a few short
months ago, its author told to revise and remove all references
to Bush. As Moore enjoys his sudden literary celebrity, the
marketing people at HarperCollins scratch their heads and
try to figure out why so many people bought the book corporate
management wanted so badly to destroy.
Like the publishing industry, the media also seem to be having
difficulty understanding why Moore's book is selling. Market
demographics and profitability are the bottom line, however,
so Moore is the flavor of the day even if his ideas make them
nervous in corporate boardrooms--very nervous. Wasn't it Marx
who said that capitalists would sell their enemies the weapons
that would destroy them?
So, now the counterattack comes. In the past week, I have
read several hack writers accuse Michael Moore of lying. The
tactic is to focus on some minutiae in his words and use any
minor deviation to question his credibility. So-called reporters
howl with derision and label Moore a pathological liar for
saying that the roadkill he spotted on the side of the road
was a poodle when it turns out to be a terrier. Whatever.
It's still a dead dog just like Moore said.
Propagandists are launching attacks to discredit Moore because
apparently too many of us are listening to him. No matter
what some think of him, he is getting the Left's opposition
message out. Moore's book is furiously debunked. Accusations
of disinformation fly. Otherwise limp reporters gangbang Moore
and other liberals every time they open their mouthes. What
is he saying that they don't want me to hear? Too many ugly
questions. Not enough answers. When some of these aggressive
reporters step forward to provide some, let me know. Do I
believe Moore is a white liar? Hardly. Hated by yellow journalists?