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Moore in Deutschland
Author: Lee
The following article was originally published at NewsMax.com.
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Multi-millionaire Michael Moore, described by the Wall Street Journal as "a sloppily dressed bearded type wearing a baseball cap" and clad in jeans, an untucked shirt and brown jacket, showed up in Germany to peddle his new book "Dude, Where's My Country?" and explain to the German people what an awful country America has become.

"There should be a rule," he told an overflow crowd, "that you're not allowed to bomb another country unless you can find it on the map," a point he emphasized by noting a National Geographic study that showed that 70 percent of us ignorant war-mongering Americans couldn't find England on a map.

And just to be sure that his Berlin audience understood that he really is as rabidly anti-American as many of them are, he told them "And please, stop this God bless America stuff."

Speaking at Columbia Halle, normally a site of raucous rock concerts, he began with the greeting "Welcome, old Europe!" mocking Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's scornful description of such rapidly decaying anti-war European nations as France and Germany.

And that was just the beginning. "It has not been the easiest year in America to stand up and voice your dissent," he said, playing the martyr. "It makes a lot of difference to have friends overseas supporting me."

According to Germany's DW-World, Moore spent the next hour bashing Americans in a manner that would have made the Dixie Chicks proud. "Don't be like us. You've got to stand up, right? You've got to be brave," he told his admiring audience.

The paper noted that nowhere has Moore's brand of anti-American rhetoric been more successful than in Germany. Moore's book "Stupid White Men" sold 1 million copies in Germany before it did in the United States, it said, adding that "Bowling for Columbine" drew in half a million fans in the first two months after opening last year.

Gushed Tarek Ahmia, 37, a music technician, "I think Germany is sick of the whole Iraq war thing, and they're starting to see they were right," she told DW-World after the show, "and finally an American comes along and confirms that."

But not everybody has fallen for Moore's bombast. The German publication notes: "Moore's alleged creative handling of the facts in his books and films, a standard criticism in the United States, is beginning to make its way across the Atlantic.

"German journalists, professors and critics have begun to take off the gloves when talking about the bestseller. Even devoted fans left feeling empty-handed after an appearance they felt was more entertainment than substance."

"I thought it was almost like a kind of cult. He says somebody is crap and everyone cheers," said Max Klemmt, a truck driver. "I thought he would bring a few more examples and a bit more context."

Unfortunately, Herr Klemmt, with Moore all you get is what you see - an overstuffed millionaire making believe he's just an ordinary Joe, dressed like a penniless slob and peddling left-wing snake oil deceptively bottled as the common man's common sense.



Posted by: Lee on Nov 18, 03 | 11:31 pm (profile) | Permalink
COMMENTS
Posted by: Offside on Nov 19, 03 | 2:13 am
I came to this site to check on some of Moores' "facts"... and what must I find?
Nothing but pointless remarks - does Moore's success hurt your feelings? Tough luck, start weeping! - not the least little proof, that e.g. his example of 70% not finding England on a map is completely removed of its original context or that it was 70% of those 89% who would not even find their own country.
Your post was very disappointing. It was in no way better researched than many of Moores' facts.

Posted by: Rann Aridorn on Nov 19, 03 | 3:09 am
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Posted by: Wheels on Nov 19, 03 | 3:11 am
... 70% of those 89% who would not even find their own country...

What country can't be found on a map by 89% of their people? You criticise other research jobs, when you cannot read the facts and make sense of them. How is anyone meant to take you seriously?

Although, I suppose they take Moore seriously in some corners of the globe, so hey! Maybe you still have a chance.

Posted by: Cigarskunk on Nov 19, 03 | 6:28 am
I came to this site to check on some of Moores' "facts"... and what must I find?


Tons of facts to be found if you're just willing to take more then two minutes to actually read and poke around a bit.

Nothing but pointless remarks - does Moore's success hurt your feelings? Tough luck, start weeping! - not the least little proof, that e.g. his example of 70% not finding England on a map is completely removed of its original context or that it was 70% of those 89% who would not even find their own country.


Assuming this stat is even remotely true, this is more of a repudiation of the unionised teachers and the liberals who back them and refuse to hold them to any types of standards then an illustration of dumb Americans.

The fact that you seem totally incapable of finding any of the tons of info rebutting Mike's various lies on this site or any other site is a testement to how poorly the liberal education establishment prepared you for the real world.

And just to be sure that his Berlin audience understood that he really is as rabidly anti-American as many of them are, he told them "And please, stop this God bless America stuff."


If you hate America SO much Mike, then WTF don't you just leave??? Oh wait, that's right - if you became a citizen of one of the socialist countries you love so much, their "caring" governments would take 50-75% of your millions of dollers in income every year and you, not being a money grubbing capitalist, but just a regular Joe, could never accept giving up that much of your income - then you wouldn't be able to afford your $1.25 million apt, you limo, etc.

Posted by: Michael Esslinger on Nov 19, 03 | 7:08 am
That stupid moron does not know what he is talking about. He probably does not even know half of the FRICKIN United States. Where does this idiot come up with his crap?? He ought to be sent over to Iraq if he loves Sadaam THAT much. He is probably Sadaam's BITCH.

Posted by: Craig on Nov 19, 03 | 7:36 am
I'm an American and not only can I find Iraq on a map or nautical chart, but
I've even been there.
Moore should confine his critisisms to the braindead morons who buy his books and watch his movies. Evidently, they don't possess enough scholarly inquisitiveness or intelligence to question the propaganda which he peddles, much less stay awake during a geography lesson.

Jerkoffside,
Moore's disinformation, factual inaccuracies, selective ommissions, inconsistencies, and outright lies have been extensively chronicled on this site. Why don't you see if you can find them, right after you take your AAA roadmap and spend several hours trying to find Iraq.

Did anyone else notice in the article that the gushing "German" Moore-admirer was named "Tarek Ahmia"? Doesn't exactly sound like a Teutonic name, huh?
Do a search and you will find that a "Tarik Ahmia" writes articles for various German publications, including; "Die Tageszeitung" and "STMagazine". (Reporters taking comments from other reporters? Hmmmm...suspicious, to say the least.)
Tarik Ahmia is also mentioned in a perlentaucher.de article. My German is not real great, but from what I can gather; this person is further associated with Moore in some way and describes him as "a Noam Chomsky with humor). I'm suspicious that this interviewee was not just a random fan picked from the audience.

Posted by: Craig on Nov 19, 03 | 7:48 am
Well, Moore wouldn't be the first lying/foreign-born demagogue to inspire admiration for himself by telling the Germans that they are superior to other people.

Posted by: Darkwing Dork on Nov 19, 03 | 8:07 am
From the beer halls to the rock concert halls, eh Craig? lol

Posted by: barry on Nov 20, 03 | 12:36 pm
...to the new world order...sitb...(squirming in the background)
Fuck you you sick fuck.

Napoleon?
Alexander?
Ghengis Khan?
Nefertiti?
The Sex Pistols?
Some texan ndw (ne'er do well)



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