Filmmaker Michael Moore has been under fire (pun intended) by the right wing media, and politicians. Recently, Sarah Palin had Mr. Moore in her crosshairs, even though Moore’s background in supporting our veterans can be found through Google. Strange concept, huh?
On Facebook, Moore, who has an extensive history in supporting veterans, pushed back after the backlash that ensued over a comment he made on Twitter about military snipers.
Moore called on Fox News to “quit making sh*t up about me.”
As if that will ever happen.
It all began after Moore tweeted a response to the movie “American Sniper.”
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
Tom Boggioni at Raw Story reports:
Since that time Fox News hosts, television commentators Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, and other celebrities have hammered Moore, calling him “Un-American,” while pointing out that he never served in the military.
On Facebook, Moore detailed his extensive history of support for veterans, saying those who supported sending the troops into a “senseless war Iraq in the first place,” are the ones who should be apologizing.
“I would like to address this one insane mantra that the right-wing has twisted my tweet into: ‘Michael Moore hates the troops,’ ” Moore wrote on Facebook.
“Well, who would know better about hating our troops than those who supported sending them into a senseless war Iraq in the first place? And, for 4,482 of them, a senseless, unnecessary and regrettable death.”
In the lengthy Facebook post he continued to say, “Republicans and Democrats who backed this war, then you are the ones who have some ‘splainin’ to do. Not me. You.”
“Only “haters” of our brave young men and women would recklessly send them into harm’s way for something that had absolutely nothing to do with defending the United States of America. Nothing. Nothing to do with 9/11. Nothing,” he wrote.
Calling out Fox News, he wrote, “Here’s the truth they can’t or won’t report: I’M the one who has supported these troops – much more than the bloviators on Fox News. To prove it (and I know this is going to crush some of you out there), here’s just a partial list of all the things I do and have done for those men and women who serve — and I guarantee you, you’ve never heard any of this reported about what the real me does because, frankly, it messes up their little story of the fictional “Michael Moore” they’ve created for your hate and enjoyment (please feel free to cut, paste and send this to your conservative brother-in-law).”
Moore noted, “I am currently showing “American Sniper” at my theater that I helped restore and that I program and help run in Manistee, MI. Not because I like it, but because, unlike the other side, I’m not a censor. I trust smart people and people of good heart will know what to do. ”
How Moore has supported our troops:
** I have an aggressive affirmative action policy specifically to hire Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at my film production company, my movie theaters in Michigan and my film festival. I have asked other businesses in my town (and nationwide) to join with me on this. http://www.traverseticker.com/…/michael-moore-asks-business… . A vet was an editor on my films “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Sicko” and a vet (who served in both Iraq AND Afghanistan) is the projectionist at my flagship theater in Michigan (to name a few).
** I also ask people to post a sign I designed and have made available: “I Shop Where Vets Work”. Here’s my policy and the poster: http://www.statetheatretc.org/veterans#opening (Can someone at Fox News send me your posted affirmative action program to hire Iraq and Afghanistan vets?)
** Since I opened my movie theaters in northern Michigan, this has been my admission policy: “Admission to all movies at my theaters is FREE, 365 days of the year, for ALL active duty military and their families.”
** I allow local veterans support groups to use my theater to meet for PTSD issues, I host quarterly PTSD summits, and I’ve hosted a conference to start a jobs movement for vets in our town.
** I have raised tens of thousands of dollars through my website for groups that help veterans and wounded warriors: http://web.archive.org/…/20140829053240/http://fa…/soldiers/
** In the early years of the war I made all my books and DVDs available free of charge to all service members through BooksForSoldiers.com
** I produced and hosted a benefit for military families at the House of Blues that received national attention to their plight (raw clips here from the AP: https://vimeo.com/117687290 )
** I will NOT do business with vendors who don’t have a policy to hire vets.
** I gave voice to the troops who weren’t being heard by publishing a book of their letters from the front lines in “Will They Every Trust Us Again?” (NY Times bestseller for 4 weeks)
** I regularly post blogs from troops http://www.ivaw.org/blog/ivaw-featured-michael-moore and I show and support many movies about what they’ve gone through in the past 12 years at my theaters.
** I took vets, soldiers and their families on a 60-city tour of the country so their concerns could be heard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm3IsgoBNc0
** I helped Iraq Vets against the War with “Operation Recovery” http://www.ivaw.org/operation-recovery and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/how-bout-dinner-just-you_b_…
** My movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11” – #1 selling/#1 rental on all military base PXs
** My books were the #1 requested books by troops from the nonprofit BooksForSoldiers.com
** I sit on the Advisory Board of the Pvt. Bradley (Chelsea) Manning Support Network
** From the Dept. of Irony: I only hire Navy SEALS and ex-special forces for when I need security – such as this week, when so-called supporters of those SEALs want me harmed.
** When my father passed away this year, in lieu of flowers I asked that donations by made in my dad’s name to the veterans group, Veterans for Peace. Enough money was raised so that the Vietnam Vets chapter could build a home in Vietnam for a family still suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. It’s being dedicated in my dad’s name.
“So, Fox News and the other lazy media — quit making shit up about me! You look ridiculous,” he wrote. “If you want to have a debate with me about the ISSUES and the POLICIES, then let’s have it. If you want to debate a movie that’s trying to rewrite history, then let’s have that. But when you hide behind falsehoods and then use them to try and manipulate the public, then all you are is afraid.”
He concluded, “Only cowards have to lie. Be brave. Report the truth. It will feel good.”
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H/T: Rolling Stone.
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