The Un American
This documentary is by one of his high school classmates, who decided to do a documentary documenting who Michael Moore really is, and just a few of the deceptions he did. He points out that he would defend Michael Moore's right to free speech and to say what he wants... but that doesn't exempt him from consequences or being exposed. I've followed Moore's dishonesties, both then and since -- so little in this movie was a surprise (though it did cover some material I didn't know), it was just nice that someone put it all down. Of course it would take 10 hours to document the frauds and mistakes in any one Moore film, let alone all of them, or of the hypocrisies of his personal life -- but this at least went over some of the low-lights
The documentary follows the people that worked on or were in his films (or books) and their views of him or his techniques, and how he deceived them (including duping illiterates into signing movie releases for $100), about lawsuits filed (and lost), or how his movies were used as anti-American propaganda by Osama Bin Laden, Hesbola and Iran -- all to make America look bad. Or how Castro subsidized and helped spin the falsehoods in "Sicko". It seems the enemies of the U.S., (both foreign and domestic) are Moore's biggest fans, or at least they are gullible rubes.
The film-maker does some of Mike's jerkiness back at him like, "looking for Mike" in the places he claims to reside, and throwing a "surprise birthday" party for him... but alas, Michael evades him in the exact same ways that Roger Smith did in Roger and me. (Who knew famous people might avoid interviews from kooks?)
The documentarian is a CPA, so he shows how Michael Moore cheated on his taxes, was registered to vote in more than one state, held stocks in Exxon, Halliburton, drilling companies, Private Healthcare companies and other evil corporations that he's railed against in his movies. And Moore has claimed, "he doesn't own one share of evil corporate stocks", and stuff like that. Of course Michael's holdings might be to get their annual reports and explore them -- but it goes against what he's said. He shows Michael Moore's violations of environmental law: like disrupting wetlands, stumping trees or using heavy machinery without a permit. Again, holding him to the same standards he wants to hold others.
Probably not a completely balanced piece, nor the most comprehensive. But an amusing counter-balance the myths he portrays.
Of course I never heard of this documentary... because it's better and more honest than anything Michael Moore has done. It turns out this was part of an earlier work that was also suppressed (in at least some venues) because they claimed the title "Shooting Michael Moore" was too edgy. It's on Amazon now.
This documentary probably won't change anyone's mind -- those who don't like Michael, will just get a dose of confirmation bias, and fanboy's won't be convinced by mere facts -- but if you're in between, or just want to get both sides of the story, this movie does a pretty good/entertaining job of layout a small subset of the reasons why Michael Moore is a bit of a douche-nozzle, and definitely not what he claims.
The Un American on-line (Amazon):
Shooting Michael Moore (2009):
- Interview (2007): https://www.c-span.org/video/?199850-1/qa-kevin-leffler
- Original Domain: http://www.hypocrite.com - http://web.archive.org/web/20091208091857/http://hypocrite.com:80/
- Also: http:shootingmichaelmoore.com -https://web.archive.org/web/20100330011312/http://www.shootingmichaelmoore.com:80/
- Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e00d8RFXwU&feature=youtu.be
An earlier (and simpler) piece by a different film maker is Michael Moore Hates America:
- More on: Michael Moore