Michael Moore and Bill Clinton: Birds of a Feather
When a liberal complains about media bias, you know you’ve asked a question they don’t like. And they don’t like anything that challenges their dogma.
It’s understandable that Bill Clinton would want to discredit Fox News, but why would Michael Moore have harsh words for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer? Rarely is the mainstream media tipped from the left but Monday on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Blitzer stayed center and Moore wasn’t happy to be challenged. He exploded at Blitzer when his “truth” about the American healthcare system, portrayed in the new film “Sicko,” was questioned by a short video clip countering some of his ideas and claiming he had “fudged” his facts.
“Sicko” broaches one of the most divisive issues in America today and Moore expected a news program to welcome him unchallenged. Biased, as he claimed the segment was, would have been true only if another perspective wasn’t represented.
After Blitzer let Moore whine for several minutes about the “crap” put out by Dr. Sanjay Gupta (an expert on many aspects of healthcare), Blitzer tried to let Moore speak his peace but Moore continued to harp on an incident three years ago when CNN supposedly knocked his movie, “Farenheit 9/11.” He suggested an apology from Blitzer and blamed the media for “not doing their job” and stopping the Iraq war by refusing to “ask our leaders the tough questions.”
Moore called the report “biased” and asked, “Why don’t you tell the truth the American people?” Moore thinks his “truth” is unquestionable, so anything different must be “bias.” His tantrum echoed the behavior of former president Bill Clinton in last year’s infamous interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” Both Moore and Clinton’s calibrated and faux-angry responses to legitimate questions were unhinged.
Wallace, at the request of many viewers, asked Clinton why he didn’t do more to put Bin Laden and al Qaeda “out of business” when he was president. The inquiry produced an outburst of irritation and lashing out against Fox, conservatives and “all the right wingers who are attacking me now.” Clinton was at his best: he spun Wallace’s questions to make himself look persecuted . Wallace replied, “I’m asking you this in good faith sir, because it’s on people’s minds.” But if it makes him look bad, Clinton doesn’t care. And if it makes Fox look bad, Clinton is — in poker terms — “all in.”
Wallace let Clinton respond endlessly and belittle him in the process with finger pointing, knee jabbing, and condescension (“you’ve got that little smirk on your face, you think you’re so clever”) and claiming Wallace “didn’t format it in an honest way.” Clinton revels in the spin of most MSM (who buried and downplayed his incriminating actions in office) but flounders in the face of fair and balanced coverage that dares to point the finger at flawed leadership. When it comes to bin Laden, Clinton knows he carries some responsibility — he successfully rerouted that focus — an issues tactic he’s perfected for years.
Had Clinton stopped complaining and simply answered Wallace’s question, the interview would have proceeded to other matters. Instead, even as Wallace attempted on several occasions to change the subject, Clinton orchestrated an elaborate scene in which Fox played the bully to Clinton’s victim persona.
Moore and Clinton are masters of media manipulation, who have coined themselves casualties of bias. By projecting their faults on the media, they manufacture a different focus.
The public has a right to know why Clinton didn’t catch bin Laden and when “facts” in Moore’s documentary aren’t true. Moore and Clinton’s reactions prod the public to view skepticism and balance as biased attack. Clinton even called it “a conservative hit job” and that the public questions about his role in not stopping bin Laden were there due to “a serious disinformation campaign to create that impression.” Plenty of conservatives have been the benefactors of “liberal hit jobs” on NBC, ABC, and CBS but it happens so often, usually no one notices.
Moore and Clinton cried “bias” but they didn’t want it fair. To them, bias is anything that doesn’t accept everything they say