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