Originally created 12/29/04

The propagandist

Filmmaker Michael Moore is about as much of a documentarian as was Leni Riefenstahl.

Riefenstahl, if you recall, was Adolf Hitler's favorite filmmaker. Her greatest work, Triumph of the Will, extolling the "virtues" of Nazism and the Aryan race, was hailed then, and still is, as a masterpiece - a masterpiece of hateful propaganda.

Riefenstahl was proud of being a propagandist. She made no pretense of being a documentarian; Michael Moore does, and he shouldn't be allowed to get away with it.

His movies - the most notorious being the hate-George-Bush screed, Fahrenheit 9-11 - are just as full of lies, misrepresentations, distortions and omitted truths as anything Riefenstahl ever produced. Sadly, it's a testament to ignorance or naivete that so many Americans actually believe Moore's cruel nonsense.

Moore is different from Riefenstahl in one respect: However wrong and misguided, Riefenstahl's movies did demonstrate a love for her country. Moore's does not; in fact, he's actively anti-American. His propaganda movies drip with contempt and loathing for the country in which he was born and raised - and which protects his freedom to speak out so venomously.

Now, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, he plans to focus his camera and disinformation campaign on the health-care industry, including insurance companies, HMOs, pharmaceutical firms and the Food and Drug Administration.

This isn't the first time Moore has gone after an American industry. His first film of note was Roger and Me, a hatchet job on U.S. automakers with a particular focus on General Motors. Hollywood, which swallows any zany left-wing propaganda that comes its way, awarded Moore a best-documentary Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, in which he ludicrously "linked" Colorado's 1999 Columbine High School massacre of 12 students and a teacher by two deranged students to the National Rifle Association.

At least six of the nation's major pharmaceutical firms have reportedly sent memos to their employees urging them to be wary of talking to "a scruffy looking guy wearing a baseball cap" - Moore's signature look.

There can be no doubt the health-care industry could use some investigative journalism. But Moore is no journalist.

Shunning him is good advice that other targets of his propaganda film - as well as unwary consumers - might want to follow.

Fair warning, though: This zebra can change his stripes. Lately, Moore's been showing up on TV shows shaved, well-coiffed and in a business suit.

The modus operandi, however, is the same. And no amount of showers or cologne can cover its smell.


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