[Marxism] Eva Golinger on Michael Moore's lies about Chavez meeting

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Oct 22 08:08:20 MDT 2009

The (unfortunate) Lies of Michael Moore (about Hugo Chávez)

In an interview last October 9th on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 
renowned and award-winning documentarian, Michael Moore lied 
vulgarly about his encounter with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez 
during the Venice Film Festival this past September. In the 
interview, Moore responds to Kimmel's request for an explanation 
of a photo of Moore with President Hugo Chávez. Apparently 
embarrased about the encounter with one of Latin America's most 
prominent and influential heads of state, Moore proceed to 
completely make up a fairy-tale, attempting to pass it off as reality.

With a straight face, Moore stated he met President Chávez at 2 
o'clock in the morning, after he and his wife had settled into bed 
in their Venice hotel room and heard a scandalous noise coming 
from the floor above. Moore states that he called down to the 
reception to find out "what the hell was going on". "It's the 
president of Venezuela", the hotel clerk allegedly told Moore. 
Well, Michael couldn't believe it, so despite his wife telling him 
"don't go", Moore set out, determined to find out if the true 
source of the scandal was really the Venezuelan president, the 
polemic Hugo Chávez.

Incrediously, Moore says he went upstairs and knocked right on 
Chávez's door and a large man answered, who Moore claims was the 
president's "bodyguard". Chávez was right behind him and caught a 
glimpse of Moore and yelled out "Michael Moore, come on in!". 
Anyone who has ever traveled or been close to President Chávez 
knows very well that it is absolutely impossible to just "go knock 
on his door". Presidential security lines the hallways, elevators 
and all entrance points. Take it from someone who knows first 
hand. Moore's story is complete and utter fiction. Also the man 
Moore identified in the interview as Chávez's "bodyguard" is 
actually Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro, but hey, all latinos 
look alike!

The tale continues. Moore says he entered the room and a "bottle 
and a half of tequila later", he was writing Chávez's speeches! Of 
course, Michael, all of us Latin Americans drink tequila! Man, he 
couldn't even get his alcohol right in his fairy tale! Tequila is 
Mexican, Michael. Venezuela makes rum. Get it straight. And 
anyway, President Chávez does not drink at all and is well known 
for his anti-alcohol position. But in Moore's story, latinos are 
all a bunch of partiers! No work, just party, drinks and fun at 2am!

Moore is exceptionally full of himself towards the end of the 
interview with Jimmy Kimmel. He says Chávez asked him for advice 
about his upcoming United Nations speech. Moore sternly told the 
South American president to "say sorry for calling Bush the devil, 
"el diablo"" during his last UN intervention. And to say this time 
around it's all about the "hope"! Way to defend Bush, Michael! 
Wait, didn't you write, direct and film Farhenheit 9/11? Right, 
but when someone "non-US" tells it like it is, you get way 
patriotic. I get it.

The interview ended with Michael fully praising himself for yet 
another one of President Chávez's brilliant United Nations' 
speeches. "When I heard the first few lines of his speech", says 
Moore, "it was exactly what I had written for him!" Michael, 
Michael. Don't you know that Chávez doesn't use a teleprompter? 
Where we come from, speeches are made from the heart and soul, and 
not written by an elite team of 20 writers and then read from 
transparent screens. And Michael, do you really think that 
flattering yourself at this point, after you have lied so 
tremendously, is appropriate? Arrogantly, Moore joked that Chávez 
should give him a "year of free gasoline" for writing his speech. 
At least he didn't say bananas.

Michael Moore has been known for his documentary work; filming and 
telling "facts". But on this ocassion, Moore has turned into the 
worst of yellow journalists, a liar and story-teller on the big 
screen. Despite the fact that Moore insisted
"no cameras" document his meeting with President Chávez in Venice, 
the official Venezuelan presidential press snapped a few photos, 
and there were many witnesses. The photographs evidence a Michael 
Moore and a President Chávez serenly sitting in two chairs 
talking. No tequila, no parties, no scandals, just a normal 
meeting between a head of state and an invited guest. In fact, the 
real meeting lasted three hours, without tequila.

Michael Moore prohibited cameras in the meeting because, per his 
own words, it wasn't "convenient" for him to been seen with 
Chávez. Despite the fact that every presidential meeting has been 
documented by the official press, this time, they defered to Moore 
with respect. He was, after all, an admired figure by millions of 
Venezuela. But, the presidential press was able to capture a few 
photos of the encounter. These photos now are the key evidence to 
expose Michael Moore's vulgar lies about his meeting with 
President Chávez.

Moore's comentaries about President Chávez asking him to "help" 
write his United Nations speech demonstrate Moore's extreme ego. 
President Chávez is one of the most brilliant speakers in the 
world, with an immense capacity to bring together a variety of 
ideas while being coherent. Of course, Chávez nourishes his 
speeches and talks with ideas, experiencies and the writings of 
many, but for those of us who spend almost every day listening and 
watching President Chávez, we know that nobody writes his 
speeches, not even him! He speaks from his heart, and not from a 

Moore's declarations against President Chávez are offensive and 
insulting and a clear sign of his hipocresy and lack of ethic. How 
many times has we heard President Chávez acclaim Moore's books and 
documentaries? And most recently, Chávez announced that Moore's 
latest documentary, "Capitalism, a love story", would premiere 
here in Venezuela.

Moore's response to this admiration, acclaim and support is to lie 
and ridicule President Chávez and the people of Venezuela, and to 
attempt, lamely, to justify his meeting with Chávez. Because in 
the end, this whole ridiculous tale told by Moore about his 
"meeting" with President Chávez is an attempt to avoid admitting 
before the US media that he met for three hours with the South 
American "dictator". And he probably learned a lot, and liked it!

Michael Moore is a most unfortunate coward.

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