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Monday, November 08, 2004
Pennywit has blogged an open letter to Michael Moore that needs to be read by everyone still wondering "what happened?" PW has been a favorite liberal blogger of mine for quite a while -- mainly because he thinks things out, rather than feels things out! Read his letter here in its entirety. Thanks to Jack at Random Fate for the link.
A Letter to the Carnival Barker of the Apocalypse
Submitted by pennywit on Mon, 11/08/2004 - 10:13. Analysis/Commentary | Book Wars | Internet | Movies | Quality of Discourse | The Eternal Campaign
Dear Michael Moore:
Go away. Go far, far away. You cost us the 2004 election.
Because you decided to stir up the hornet's nest with Fahrenheit 9/11 and your ridiculous "Slacker Tour," not only did John Kerry lose the presidency, but the Democratic Party lost seats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. There's plenty of blame to go around in this election, and I focus the blame on you. Why?
Let's start with Fahrenheit 9/11. Spinsanity has documented your fabrications and exaggerations in that movie, from your mischaracterization of the Florida recount to your insinuations of a long-term financial relationship between the bin Laden family and the Bush family.
I'm very glad that you made a lot of money from that movie. You're living proof that a man with a camera and a shaky grasp of the truth can succeed in a capitalist society. I'm also sure that you enjoy rubbing shoulders with Democratic hoi-polloi and getting invited to all the best socially conscious parties.
Makes you feel real special, doesn't it? Michael Moore, the new Moses, leading liberals to the Promised Land of multilateralism, national health care, and every other utopian ideal you can think of. Sounds like a great place. I'd like to live there. But there is no liberal Promised Land, and you sure ain't Moses. The role is a poor fit for you, and most people, moderate liberals among them, see you for what you really are.
You're more like the carnival barker of the liberal Apocalypse. You rant about corporations, conspiracies, and nearly everything else that your audience will lap up. You pretend to be a populist crusader leading the charge against Evil Red America, but you're really a fraud. You've made millions of dollars with your movies. You've pocketed plenty of money from your books, and, you have made your money thanks to corporate America. Are those the same evil corporations that compelled the United States to invade Iraq?
But I digress. You have spent the past two years on a crusade against the Conservative, but you've mainly made a spectacle of yourself. With your deliberately shaky grasp on reality, you've also made a mockery of the very people you profess to support: your fellow liberals.
If I try to show my conservative friends that not all liberals are nutballs, I first have to disavow the nutball-in-chief. That's you, Michael. With your antics and the Democratic Party elite's willingness to embrace you, you gave the conservatives a ready-made boogeyman to wave in front of America. See these crazy liberals! They're all just like Michael Moore!
Thanks, Michael. Thanks a lot.
If you want to do your party -- indeed, all liberals -- a big favor, then take your movie cameras, take your Web site, take your millions in book and movie royalties, take yourself, and go away.