Saturday, March 03, 2007

Michael Moore vs. His old Followers

  • WND Article
  • I will definitely ad this to my collection of documentaries when it comes out. I suugest reading the whole article.

    ….While Moore has long been a favorite target of those on the political right, this new documentary – "Manufacturing Dissent" – comes from two left-leaning Canadian filmmakers who were once fans and who began their project expecting to tell a positive story.

    "When we started this project we hoped to have done a documentary that celebrated Michael Moore. We were admirers and fans," said Debbie Melnyk, who, with husband Rick Caine, made the film. "Then we found out certain facts about his documentaries that we hadn't known before. We ended up very disappointed and disillusioned."

    Caine and Melnyk discovered, early on, that the public persona they knew was not the Moore they encountered when they began to examine his work.

    "As investigative documentarists we always thought we could look at anything we wanted," Caine said. "But when we turned the cameras on one of the leading figures in our own industry, the people we wanted to talk to were like: 'What are you doing? Why are you throwing stones at the parade leader?'"

    Their first disillusionment came in Flint, Mich., where Moore had portrayed his efforts to interview Roger Smith, the former chief executive of General Motors, about the company's policies that led to closure of the city's auto manufacturing plants. In "Roger & Me," Moore failed to get Smith to talk to him. In reality, said Caine and Melnyk, Moore secured two on-camera interviews, but the scenes were left out, apparently for dramatic effect.

    "Manufacturing Dissent" includes a long list of alleged exaggerations or distortions in Moore's other films. ….

    I guess these allegations only count or stick if it comes from the left?