Michael Moore: Big Fat Union Hypocrite

-By Warner Todd Huston

With the spotlight on Wisconsin's union thugs rampaging across the state, one wonders why it took propaganda filmmaker Michael Moore so long to put himself in front of the news cameras to take some of their publicity for himself. But this weekend, Moore finally glommed onto the cameras making himself out to be a great supporter of the union's efforts in the Badger State. Once again, though, Moore proves to be a hypocrite. It was Moore, after all, that excluded using union workers in one of his recent films. Some supporter of unions!

Filmmaker Moore attend a recent Wisconsin pro-union rally and regaled the crowd with an address saying, "Madison is only the beginning."

"We're going to do this together. Don't give up. Please don't give up," Moore told the protesters, who have swarmed the Capitol every day for close to three weeks.

Oh, he's a great supporter, right? But let us drift back only a few years to 2009 when he was filming his last bomb, Capitalism: A Love Story. During that production we found that Moore didn't hire union stagehands (the IATSE) for his film. According to his agent, Ari Emanuel, Moore claimed that he used non-union labor because the stagehands union doesn't "respect documentary filmmakers" or some such thing.

It made the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) mad enough that they refused all the free tickets Moore tried to offer them when the movie debuted. Yet here are these teachers in Wisconsin now falling all over themselves because Moore came publicity seeking in front of them. For shame that their institutional memory is so shallow, eh?

That wasn't the only time that Moore made a film snubbing union workers, either. Back in 2000 Moore directed a music video for the band Rage Against The Machine and non-union workers were also used in that production.

Just last year Moore made a stir by stealing the work of a newspaper and re-posting the entire thing on his own website as if it was his own work. He even took the video produced by the Knoxville News Sentinel, took the paper's logo off it, then reposted it as if it was his own work.

Moore has long been an opponent of copyright protection and thinks that everyone's work should be free.

In any case, Michael Moore is a supreme hypocrite, typical of a liberal, saying one thing and doing another.

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  • It's really easy to call someone a hypocrite from the comfort of your warm and cozy desk. Where are your union creds, sir? Frankly, your article is just the buzzing of the barflies who use character assassination at the bidding of their corporate overlords. BTW, in case you haven't noticed: there is a qualitative difference between choosing (or not) to use union help, vs. attempting to undermine the one power that unions have, i.e. collective bargaining. If you don't understand the difference, I suggest returning to school to brush up on your social sciences.

  • In reply to Brinna:

    "Social science" is as big a misnomer as "anecdotal evidence." Neither are legitimate.

  • In reply to Brinna:

    Once again attack the messenger and ignore the message. I knew this would happen when the vessel was Moore. If you can't dispute what he says attack him.

  • In reply to Beez:

    I've disputed his blather a hundred times over the last few weeks. Try reading more than one entry.

  • In reply to Beez:

    According to his agent, Ari Emanuel, Moore claimed that he used non-union labor because the stagehands union doesn't "respect documentary filmmakers" or some such thing.

    I have looked for details about this, and everyone is quoting the same couple of articles. Some such thing is a bit vague for the excuse. What precisely did he say the excuse was? The articles from 2009 about this always say the teachers union refused the free tickets to the movie until the "issue was sorted out." But there are no follow up articles detailing exactly what the issue was.

    Myself, I don't see any real hypocrisy here. He's used unions all the other times, and everyone else was union on Capitalism: A Love Story, and he's never had such issues before. To anyone doing a modicum of thinking, this would suggest a specific issue for this case. I think maybe you should quit using other blogs and old articles for your own blog. Strike out on your own, instead of accepting a role as an empty echo chamber. Think big. Be original. Be more like Michael Moore.

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