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Please NO MOORE!, 1 Oct. 2004
Having previously met Michael Moore at a speech at the Oxford Union I must admit I gained some respect for his arguments standing up for the little man, and some fines points he normally makes concerning corporate America's drive for profit. Yet after watching Bowling for Columbine and reading some of his books it seemed that what he was claiming was simply too absurd to be true. And it was!
This book systematically (and unlike Moore using independently verifiable data), demolishes the majority of his work in order to show that time and time again whether on film or in print he has manipulated interviews, footage and data in order to lie to the general public. The pure cheek of the this 'man of the people' in splicing together films, cutting out important statements and misusing context is unbelievable.
Rational statements and logical argument are thrown out the window to make emotive and clearly untrue points.
I should admit that I agree with many of his general arguments and side with him on the issue of gun ownership, higher wages and corporate greed, yet I feel betrayed by a man who has the potential to enact serious changes yet does so in a dishonest and vindictive way, not only bending the truth but ignoring it at crucial junctures.
I would prefer reading someone who is honest and open to me about all sides of the argument and thus might have to work harder to win the point than a blatant liar whose use of misinformation makes him as bad as those he rants and raves against.
This book shows that it is not just the right-wing media than can be overly devious and nasty, liberal writers are quickly losing the plot and becoming more fraudulent in their methods.