"Documentary" maker Michael Moore left the truth of the Iraq war on the cutting-room floor? No!
Well, now the complaints just got serious:
A double-amputee Iraq-war vet is suing Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming the portly peacenik recycled an old interview and used it out of context to make him appear anti-war in "Fahrenheit 9/11."
Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America's invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie, which trashes President Bush.
In the 2003 interview, which he did at Walter Reed Army Hospital for NBC News, he discussed only a new painkiller the military was using on wounded vets.
"They took the clip because it was a gut-wrenching scene," Damon said yesterday. "They sandwiched it in. [Moore] was using me as ammunition."
Damon seems to "voice complaint about the war effort" in the movie, according to the lawsuit.
Loss of reputation. The suit says that, because Moore’s film falsely implied Damon opposed the liberation of Iraq, Damon suffered "loss of reputation, emotional distress, embarrassment, and personal humiliation."
I doubt this lawsuit will succeed, but it does put the spotlight on Moore’s dishonesty.
"Fahrenheit 9-11," a masterpiece of fascist propaganda, was a stream of falsehoods. Here’s just one other example:
The partial quote. In the movie, Moore promotes the idea that Bush blamed the Sept. 11 attacks directly on Saddam Hussein. As evidence, Moore shows Condoleezza Rice, then Bush’s national security adviser, saying:
"Oh, indeed there is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9-11."
That’s all the film shows her saying. But what did she really say in that Nov. 28, 2003, television interview? This is her whole statement:
"Oh, indeed there is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9-11. It’s not that Saddam Hussein was somehow himself and his regime involved in 9-11, but, if you think about what caused 9-11, it is the rise of ideologies of hatred that lead people to drive airplanes into buildings in New York."
War profiteer. As a public official, Condoleezza Rice would have a smaller chance than Peter Damon of winning a lawsuit against Michael Moore. That doesn’t make Moore honest. It just means Moore profited from the war by calling fiction fact.