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Michael Moore on Osama bin Laden: He was a millionaire, not a Muslim

Michael_moore I'm convinced that Twitter has caused more public humiliation and embarrassment for celebrities than booze and cocaine ever possibly could.

The latest example: Michael Moore, who pretty much taught Donald Trump everything he knows when it comes to stirring the pot and manipulating the media. The right wing media have started using Moore as a punching bag after the controversial filmmaker began working his Twitter feed overtime, lobbing out a string of eye-popping conspiracy theories after the news arrived Sunday night that our special forces had killed Osama bin Laden at his cushy hideaway in Pakistan.

Moore started out by striking a reverent note, saying, "A moment of silence for all who died in 9/11." But he quickly veered off in a different direction, reminding his followers that they shouldn't be celebrating the killing of a thug who was, ahem, their country's own creation, saying, "Which reporter has the courage to say it? 'American-armed terrorist from the 80s, Osama bin Laden, was killed earlier today by America?' "

After pausing to raise an eyebrow over the news that Bin Laden was buried at sea according to Islamic law ("Yes most Muslim funerals I've attended we got in a chopper & tossed the deceased in L. Erie"), Moore revved up his engines Wednesday with a complex new conspiracy theory: Pakistan actually had Bin Laden under house arrest, but only after cutting a deal with the U.S. to keep him in a safe place as long as he promised not to undertake any more terrorist attacks. When Bin Laden went back on the deal, Pakistan said to the U.S.: "he's expendable, u guys can have him. And they looked the other way." Moore went on to say: "WH [White House], just say it. He was executed."

Later Wednesday, Moore was trying out a new line of attack, arguing that the media were misleading everyone by constantly referring to Bin Laden as a Muslim, when he should be more accurately described as a millionaire. Hence the tweet: "How come no headline ever read 'Multi-Millionaire Murders 3,000?' It would have been correct. No, best to focus on OBL being a 'Muslim.' "

For my money, Moore's best tweet of all came a little later, no doubt after he received a barrage of noisy criticism for his bizarre characterization of Bin Laden. He wrote: "Just because OBL said he was a Muslim, that made it true?...If I say I'm a Martian 2morrow, will the press just start calling me a Martian?"

No, but someone just may start calling Moore a loony crusader from another planet. I'm usually a vocal critic of the right-wing media, but when it comes to Moore's ravings, I think we've found plenty of room for agreement. Of course, you have to give Moore credit. Like Trump, he knows that the media can't resist giving unlimited attention to any celebrity who makes a spectacle of himself with preposterous blather. So let's give Moore the last word, shall we: "Somebody was reading my tweets. He texted. I said yes. '@piersmorgan Michael Moore will b my special guest tomorrow night live for the hour.' "

Ah, the sweet smell of success.

-- Patrick Goldstein

Photo: Michael Moore speaking before a rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol in March in Madison. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images


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Hmmm. You protest too much, Mr. Goldstein. Michael Moore is no Donald Trump. He is an earnest man, at best. Donald Trump is a character.

And what a coincidence? As I'm writing this, a commercial announces Michael Moore is going to be interviewed tonight on Piers Morgan. Thanks for alerting me that I need to be considering what he's talking about.

Let's step back a minute and push any emotional feelings we have on Moore to the side and just look at what he's saying. He has a very valid point. In this very Christian nation, it makes sense that the higher ups would want to sell another religion as bad, therefore they concentrated on Bin Laden being a Muslim to make the poor uneducated red neck middle America who vote fear Muslims, instead of who they really should be fearing, the ultra rich.

@O'Really: Michael Moore "an earnest man"? That's a chuckle. He's as much of an idiotic blowhard as Trump. It's also a tie as to which of the two is more disturbing to look at.

As far as his comments on Osama being wealthy being just as much of who he was as being Muslim: You criticized his point without once mentioning what was false or misleading about it, or making your own case as to its irrelevance. Does this paper even employ an editor? That wouldn't even fly in a high school newspaper. As far as the rest of these opinions on one man's opinion go, I'll wait til I hear from one of those fellows like Greg Palast, who goes out in the world and investigates things and reports on them... what ate they called? Oh yeah, journalists.

Also, the digital headline or link for this article clearly claims in a blatant falsehood that Moore denies that Osama is a Muslim. He merely questions whether the seriousness of ones purported faith should be taken simply at their word. You either did not read the remarks with any serious attempt to understand them as intended, or are cynically hair splitting and spinning them to suit your hypocritically sensationalist goals.

It's funny to hear progressives dismiss Moore as a crank here in the Obama Era when they spent the whole period from 2000-2008 lionizing him as the Conscience of Liberalism. But never fear: As soon as we get Obama out of the White House and a Republican takes his place, Michael Moore's criticism of the administration will once again be courageous and perceptive to the liberal media establishment.

And it's a laugh riot when Moore moans about the "very rich." Do you suppose he is doing that from his $1.3 million Manhattan apartment, his $2 million Michigan lake house, or from the palatial offices of his attorney, with whom he is plotting a $2.7 million lawsuit for what Moore claims are unpaid royalties from one of those films he makes in which he lays all the problems of the world at the feet of the "very rich."

He actually brings up some valid points which I've wondered about. The possibility of him being under house arrest has crossed my mind, too. The US may have been monitoring him a lot longer than they say in order to scope out the network. I wouldn't put anything pass the CIA.

"I'm convinced that Twitter has caused more public humiliation and embarrassment for celebrities than booze and cocaine ever possibly could."

I'm convinced that you are a petty-minded individual. Prove me wrong. Please.

funny, because according to the muslim faith all you need to do in order to convert to Islam is declare yourself a muslim.

Bin Laden not a Muslim? Is Moore implying that there are no millionaire muslims? Does this portend the possibility that Moore might be a Pakistani ISI secret agent peddling disinformation among gullible Westerners? Just asking.

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