Urbin Report

Monday, September 08, 2003

From another listing of Michael Moore's failings.

Roger Ebert, Movie Answer Man, takes Michael Moore to task. Sort of. It almost gets apologetic towards the end, and generally allows Moore to get the final word. But there are some zingers.

As a reporter, I was offended when Moore walked into the backstage press room and immediately started spin control. Instead of acknowledging he had been booed and dealing with that, he lectured the press to "tell the truth--don't say it was a divided house because five loud people were booing." Everyone in that room had heard a lot of booing ("at least half the house," The New York Times reported). To paraphrase a famous Richard Pryor line, Moore was asking us, "Who you gonna believe? Me, or your lyin' ears?"

By the next day, he was quoted that the boos of his enemies were somehow amplified, that the boos came from a claque in the balcony, that stagehands were behind it. Everything but boos from the grassy knoll. He even said some of the booers were booing the other booers. If anyone knows that you cheer in order to drown out boos, it's the Academy.