Thursday, June 21, 2007


Did corporate "down-sizing" ravage towns like Flint, Michigan and make CEOs filthy rich? Does our country have a culture of violence, a foreign policy of violence, and extremely lax gun laws that contribute to events like the Columbine shooting? Does the health insurance industry make money off depriving people of needed treatment and profit off of human suffering?

Instead of debating the core assertions of Michael Moore's body of work, NPR uses the upcoming release of his newest movie Sicko to quibble with the most irrelevant details of his movies and to basically savage him.
Kim Masters is the snide hitwoman assigned the task this time. Last time it was the unctuous Scottie Simon.

Here's an examples:
Moore: “The polls show it’s the number one domestic issue.” Masters: “Actually independent polls including ones by Gallup indicate that health care isn’t number one, but it’s up there.” Interesting because back in March 2007, health care WAS the number one domestic issue - with Iraq being the most crucial issue overall. Yes, there seems to be a slight shift in the latest Gallup poll - but it is irrelevant to Moore's overall argument.

Masters went out of her way to find every critical comment she could from reviewers: "a piece of Gonzo demagogery," "lowered the bar for documentaries," "appalled by his confrontation with Heston." Of Moore's first movie Roger and Me she states,
"instantly critics attacked Moore for fudging his facts to strengthen his case." She fails to mention that many critics instantly raved about the movie too!

The piece ends with Moore noting that this attacking report shows that "This is the typical, you know NPR, afraid of being accused of having liberal bias — so, let's make sure we attack him enough in this piece." To which Masters snidely responds, "Did we, Kim Masters, NPR News."

Actually I think Moore was wrong. It's not that NPR is afraid of having a liberal bias; it's a reflection of the basic center-right, pro-business slant that is at the core of NPR's values.


Anonymous said...

Jesus! Kim Masters really had to dig deep and quote dead movie critics to do her hit piece.

Porter Melmoth said...

It's always interesting to see how high the pop media goes with its Moore hatred. Or, fear, rather. Kim Mathterth, known for her softy approach, made the fatal error of trying to invalidate Mike as a whole. What was the reason for that, other than trying to put a containment around the terrible Mr Moore as a protection against his truthfulness (not 'truthiness')? She completely botched an opportunity to manufacture a meaningful interview with the man himself. Once again, the gentle listeners of NPR were spared an onslaught of unpleasantness, that might have threatened their dainty but tenuous lives.

The Boss of You said...

I just wanted to praise your use of the word unctuous for Scottie-wotty-doo-doo. I have always called him smarmy, but unctuous is great, too.