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Moore misbehavior
Michael Moore has been bashing Pete Townsend in interviews for refusing to allow "Won't Get Fooled Again" to be used in Fahrenheit 9/11. (It would have been used in place of Neil Young's "Rockin In the Free World" at the very end of the film, following Bush's "Fool me once..." quote.) But according to Townsend, that wasn't what happened. Townsend says he was initially concerned because he felt Bowling For Columbine was a "bullying film," and points out that "Won't Get Fooled Again" is neither an anti-war song nor a rallying cry for an election. (And Moore himself expresses discomfort with the line, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.") Townsend concludes,
I greatly resent being bullied and slurred by [Moore] in interviews just because he didn’t get what he wanted from me. It seems to me that this aspect of his nature is not unlike that of the powerful and wilful man at the centre of his new documentary.
Is it inevitable that anyone capable of expressing appropriate outrage about what's going on must also indulge in some of the sins of the people who make us so angry?

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From: shunn Date: July 15th, 2004 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope not. As far as I can tell, Richard Clarke avoided that sin in his book.

I liked this paragraph from Townshend's site:

I wish him all the best with the movie, which I know is popular, and which I still haven't seen. But he'll have to work very, very hard to convince me that a man with a camera is going to change the world more effectively than a man with a guitar.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 28th, 2004 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Clarke vs. Moore

Imagine the response to this poll question:

Is Richard Clarke
a) A game show host
b) A former member of the Bush administration
c) A misguided liberal
d) Don't know

Moore oversimplifies, blusters and, well,is a bully. Hence, he is popular and his message is heard.

He is our Stormbringer, the evil tool by which we might be able to slay a greater evil.

Okay, that goes too far, but I only like what he has accomplished, and not what he has done to accomplish it.

Philip F.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: July 30th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Clarke vs. Moore

But that's not the comparison; you don't have to be a policy wonk to be honest. You could be as biting and popular as Moore is without distorting facts and taking cheap shots that leave you open to criticism from your enemies. To paraphrase Hillary's husband, "Honesty and humor are not opposing values."
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