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Moore's Big Night Out

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Last night was the D.C. premiere of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, a movie that has, among other things, caused one-time sworn enemies Howard Stern and the French to line up on the same side of the barricades (metric conversion question: What's Fahrenheit 9/11 in Celsius?).

Here's the Wash Post's account of Moore's Big Night Out.

And here's a slamma-jamma article from an equally reputable source, Newsmax, which previews many of the charges in the forthcoming book Michael Moore Is A Big Fat Stupid White Man, by David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke. A snippet, courtesy of Newsmax:

Moore can't get along even with his fellow travelers.

Hardy and Clarke disclose how the radical magazine Mother Jones fired the "arbitrary" and "suspicious" Moore; how he started his feud with his replacement, David Talbot, who later founded Salon; how Ralph Nader's organization fired Moore; how he attacked Pauline Kael, Harlan Jacobson and other prominent critics who exposed the deceits of his schlockumentaries; how he lost a lawsuit for betraying fellow lefty activist Larry Stecco in "Roger & Me," etc.

Nor can the elitist Moore tolerate those lowly working classes and students he claims to represent.

"Big Fat Stupid White Man" gives details of how he abused the staff during a speaking engagement at London's Roundhouse Theater; how he castigated a student who dared question his hefty speaking fee; how he attacked a young documentary maker who had the nerve to give him a taste of the "Roger & Me" treatment, and so forth.

That sounds like fun reading, though none of it is as damning as the substantive shots fired by critics such as Christopher Hitchens.

Update: Fahrenheit is now spelled correctly.