Michael Moore: A Criminal Profile
By: Paul A. Ibbetson
There is little doubt that Michael Moore is one of the most public anti-American propagandists of modern times. Without fail, his lengthy lists of so called documentary works have all encompassed his varying visions of the shortcomings of the United States. What many Americans take issue with Moore, is the deceptive means by which he collects his information and the even more deceptive way he portrays this information to the public. When lamenting about Mooreâ€™s last work Fahrenheit 9/11, Christopher Hitchens would say, â€œTo describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excrementalâ€¦Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of â€œdissentingâ€ braveryâ€ (Hitchens, 2004, 3). The Hitchens observation is important to the profiling of Moore for two reasons. First, it encapsulates a general feeling of many Americans, and more importantly, it shows that even the most godless among us realize that there is something fundamentally wrong with Michael Moore. Dave Kopel, of the Independence Institute, who appears in the Michael Moore rebuttal film Farenhype 9/11, has chronicled fifty-nine falsehoods within Mooreâ€™s documentary.
Hitchens and countless others have been able to touch upon the modus operandi of Moore which includes an overabundance of lies and trickery. Examples of trickery include ambushing politicians trying to make their way into government buildings, and the lowly deception in Bowling for Columbine of pretending to be a second amendment advocate to get into Charlton Hesstonâ€™s home to verbally attack the aged actor for his kindness. Moore has used his abilities in â€œcut and pasteâ€ respondent editing to make a mockery of the truth and cater to the far left anti-American crowd. It should also be mentioned that he has made a fortune in the process. However, realizing that Michael Moore is an America hater who lies, is only observing the symptoms of what truly makes the man what he is. To have an adequate profile of Moore, a person must understand why he does what he does. First, it must be understood that Moore is not a dupe or lackey. To compare Moore with dim-witted pawns of the Democratic Party, such as Cindy Sheehan, is to make a serious under-estimation of Mooreâ€™s intelligence. For everything Moore is, he is not stupid. While this may sound like a compliment, itâ€™s far from it. Mooreâ€™s full mental capabilities exempt himself from the forgiveness that some will extend to the Sheehan types of the world. While it is no doubt true that Moore benefits from the socialist movement within the Democratic Party, he is also not a gun for hire. Moore and the Democratic left simply have similar aims at the moment and this is a point of confusion for many people. When we see Michael Moore sitting in the place of distinction with Jimmy Carter at the 2004 Democratic convention, we are not seeing Michael Moore the faithful soldier of the Democratic Party, what we are really seeing is Michael Moore representing Michael Moore Inc. It is here that we can observe the beginnings of the true sociopathic nature of Moore.
Whatâ€™s confusing to most people is that when we think of the sociopath, visions of stone cold killers like Ted Bundy come to mind, not plump loud mouths from Michigan. However, it is the nature of the sociopath that makes Moore a perfect Goebbels style propagandist. The sociopath is void of a standard conscience and is not limited in personal action due to feelings of guilt. If this individual can attain what he/she wants, the means to that end have no relevance. Being seen as a hypocrite or dishonest carries no weight past what formal sanctions can bring. When Michael Moore attacks Dick Cheney for his affiliation in Haliburtan, while owning stock himself, there are no pangs of guilt or remorse, only frustration at being exposed. Moore, as a sociopath, is free to attack the war effort as well as the survival of the country for his own personal gain with impunity. Sociopaths are highly functional, while they do not feel bound to general moral codes, they do realize that to stay free in society, to continue the quest for their personal gratification, they must appear to conform to societal norms. Sociopaths are often identified by the public by their personal indulgences that are so deviant from societal norms they require incarceration or elimination. For instance, Ted Bundy was highly functional and blended well in the society until his desire to destroy the flesh eventually identified himself as a sociopath. In contrast to Ted Bundy, Mooreâ€™s personal indulgence is simply to line his pockets by undermining the country. While the damage Moore brings to the U.S. in lowering national morale, reinforcing the warped conceptions of America by socialist countries around the world, and encouraging Americaâ€™s enemies, may in the long run cause a loss of life greater than Bundyâ€™s, its immediate effects are less obvious. The point that people should be brought to understand is that if the fates had placed Moore in a communist country, he would most likely be undermining that system for his personal gain by any means he could muster. Ironic isnâ€™t it? There is no doubt that the public will receive another large dose of the same old same old with Mooreâ€™s new labor of love, Sicko. However, as Moore promotes Cubaâ€™s communistic medical program, people should be armed with the knowledge that what they are seeing is not the work of a naÃ¯ve communist convert but the cold calculations of a sociopathic mind.
Hitchens, Christopher. (2004). Unfairenheit 9/11, The Lies of Michael Moore. Retrieved on June 2, 2007, from http://www.slate.com/id/2102723
Kopel, Dave. (2004). Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11. Retrieved on June 3, 2007, from
Paul A. Ibbetson is a published author and lecturer on the Patriot Act. He is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelorâ€™s and Masterâ€™s degree in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and is currently completing his PhD. in Sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of the book â€œLiving Under The Patriot Act: Educating A Societyâ€ that is available for purchase at www.patriotactresearch.com, amazon.com, as well as other major book outlets. Paul is a regular writer for the Conservative Crusader as well as several other online websites.
Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of several books including the 2011 release “The Good Fight: Why Conservatives Must Take Back America.” Paul is also the radio host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association’s 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 award-winning radio program, Conscience of Kansas airing on KRMR The Patriot 105.7 FM, www.ibbetsonusa.com. For interviews or questions, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org