In Moore's favor, he did an admirable job sparring with both NBC morning show hosts. My favorite moment came when Couric asked Moore why he spent so much time showing "ordinary people" in Iraq. Why the children at the playground, the people on the street, she wanted to know. "You didn't say anything about what a ruthless tyrant Sadam Hussein was. Wouldn't your film have been more balanced if you had bothered to mention anything at all about that?" To which Moore replied, "You guys did such a good job at that, I just didn't feel I needed to do that."
He went on to remind Couric that the corporate media droned on about what a despicable tyrant Sadam was 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as they led us by the nose to a war based on lies. Moore said he felt a better "balance" was to spend 2 hours on the other side of the story. And so he did. Katy was caught off guard, and became visibly angry at Moore. She concluded the interview by asking Moore what he does with all the money he earns from the film. He noted that he's been having benefits for victims of 911 and the Iraq war all month -- an answer Katy clearly didn't anticipate. He then sarcastically added, "And the rest, I think I'm just gonna buy a lot of mansions and yachts with that." Katy replied, "Well you're certainly not spending it on your wardrobe." Ouch.
Tonite, NBC continued their attempts to discredit Moore. They devoted a long segment on their evening news broadcast to something they laughably called "truth squad." "People are flocking to Michael Moore's new film. But is it accurate?" They trumpeted. The segment went on to question Moore's veracity on a few issues, but no evidence was presented to suggest he had not been honest. In one instance, they suggested he had lied about the jet taking off with the Bin Lauden family during the time when all planes in the country were supposed to be grounded. "But officials on the 911 commission stated that no one whom the FBI wanted to interview left the country," they said. As if that answered their own question. It did not. In the first place, no one can miss the pulled punch there. They didn't say the Bin Laudens did not take off, they only said "no one WHOM THE FBI WANTED TO INTERVIEW" had taken off. In the second place, the phantom saudi jet has already been confirmed by the Tampa airport where the jet briefly landed.
In any event, it's certainly curious that NBC felt obligated to devote an entire segment in a busy schedule to the task of attempting to discredit a film. (They actually referred to it as a "so-called documentary" at one point.) Could it be that NBC, owned by GE, one of the largest arms dealers in the world, is feeling pressure to squelch a possible challenge to the administration that's done so much for sales? Nahhh. Is it possible that they felt challenged enough to take time out of their almost constant commercials on the prowess of the weapons their parent company builds to take on Moore? Nahhhhh.
Let em try. I think Moore can take em on. But shit, it makes me so angry to see how obviously they're trying to manipulate me and you and everyone. Fuck! How stupid do they think we are? How do they get away with this shit?
THIS is why indymedia is so important. WE need to take back control of our own stories. We can no longer allow GE or any other corporate whore to control what we know about the world and how we react to it. We've seen where that road takes us. They lied to us about weapons of mass destruction, they lied to us about the last election, they lied to us about everything. And hundreds of thousands of people died because of those lies. Hundreds of thousands of people. No more. See them for what they are, enlighten those who inexplicably cannot yet see it, and turn your back on them for good. Liars. Cheap liars.