Monday, July 12, 2004

Dude, where's my objectivity?

I couldn't stop laughing while watching Matt Lauer go through this painful interview with Michael Moore several weeks ago. The otherwise sunny Matt was trying to grill Moore over his facts and fell flat on his face.

Lauer: "Disney decided they didn't want to distribute it. And basically, you accused them of censorship. Why?"
Moore: "Well, because they had made this movie. I mean for a year they sent me a check every month so I could make this film. And this was all with the intent of, you know, this film's going to be distributed. To find out just weeks before it's supposed to come out, after Disney sends an executive here to New York, sits in my office, watches the movie and he's like, 'whoa,' you know, and then reports back. Then they have a board meeting the next week, and they say, you know, 'No. There's no way we're going to distribute this.'"
Lauer: "It's their right, though. They're a distribution company."
Moore: "That's right."
Lauer: "You know what? They paid you? The checks cleared and they can look at it and say, you know what? This is not the kind of movie we want to distribute right now. Maybe it's too political. Maybe it won't attract a wide enough audience. It's their right."
Moore: "It's their right. Except here's the difference. It's not government censorship. It's censorship by a corporation. And we're at a point now, Matt, where we have fewer and fewer companies owning all our media. I mean here we are at NBC, which just bought Universal, which is owned by GE. As you have fewer and fewer voices in a democracy, in a free society, it's not good to limit the number of voices."

Indeed. What Moore didn't mention is that GE is under contract by the military to help build planes and other weapons of war. So Matt Lauer, the good old guy, profits from this war. The war does good, Matt does good; Moore does good, Matt... doesn't do so good. And it's when you've got major media outlets controlled by Republicans and their ideals that objectivity goes out the window and the evening news becomes propaganda time. It's amusing how pundits like O'Reilly, Coulter, Cavuto, and Hannity can claim an "unfair bias" against Moore with straight faces. The past 4 years, their Chimp in Chief has been calling the shots and they've been serving up propaganda on a silver platter at Fox News (owned by News Corp., a very very very right wing evil empire headed by Satan a.k.a. Rupert Murdoch). They've been in fundamentalist right wing HEAVEN and they have the cojones to accuse Moore of being disingenuous. They've had their chance, and now the progressives are fighting back, and they don't like it. Had Matt Lauer and his not-so-esteemed coleagues grilled President Bush the way he tried to grill Michael Moore, there's about 12,000 people that would still be alive right now.