For the Love of Money

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, whose most recent film Capitalism: A Love Story was just released on DVD, talks about the economy, health care, and movie-making.


Michael Moore

Comments [78]

StewartIII from Ft Wash, MD

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Mar. 12 2010 08:23 PM

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Mar. 12 2010 05:04 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Williamsburgh, Brooklyn

Sorry. I think the person I mean, the one who also was duped is named Debra, not Michael. Eugenia Renskoff

Mar. 12 2010 03:31 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Williamsburgh, Brooklyn

Hello, Just like Michael (I think that was the poster's name) I was also duped into mortgage fraud and then foreclosure. Where do we go if we have lost our savings and cannotafford an attorney? This happened in Atlanta, Ga and it still hurts very much. Eugenia Renskoff

Mar. 12 2010 03:27 PM

OMG, Moore is a big fat idiot, his movie was a joke, and was a flop @ the box offices. He comments on Santellis Rant, but does he know that Santelli was against all the bank bailouts,AIG,FANNIE and FREDDIE and add in those people like Moore says himself, WE ALL KNOW. Santellis Rant was against the housing plan, because the plan sucked. Not unlike the healthcare plan. Santelli was right about the housing plan, Obama changed it within the week of Santellis Rant. Moore is out of touch with reality,or maybe the bloating has caused swelling on his brain. He should ban salt in his diet,or maybe cut down on those little children he eats.

Mar. 12 2010 01:33 PM

If Moore lived in Japan, would he be fined for being obese?

Mar. 12 2010 09:52 AM

To clown shoes, Reading Taibbis blog was a waste of time, that guy is a wannabe. He fudges his way along, I don't think he has a clue about what's really going on in the financial world. He seems to regurgitate other peoples work. I do have to say that the link on his comments page was juicey. Sounds like he is a nut job to boot, clown boots that is!!

Mar. 12 2010 09:42 AM
Jennifer from Queens

I'm a big admirer of yours, Mr. Moore (LOVED Capitalism: A Love Story and every other film you've made), but it's wrong to assume that disgruntled taxpayers are all right-wingers acting at Dick Armey's behest. It's exasperating to hear people (undoubtedly well-heeled, trustafarians) talk about how they're willing to pay more taxes. Ours are astronomical here in New York and we're barely making ends meet. Nothing offended me more than the ad campaign either the Bloomberg administration or the state government put out advising people to file their taxes so they could get their refunds. Who exactly is getting a refund? You'd have to be earning such a low salary to be eligible that you would not be able to afford the cost of living in this city. New York City taxpayers who rent are subsidizing homeowners who get incredible tax breaks. So, yes, some people like the Latina caller don't feel it's fair to have to subsidize people who made bad judgments. Sadly, that guy writing for the New York Times's business section is one of the first who comes to mind. Of course, no one wants to be mean-spirited, but it's also a little mean to allow irresponsible people to persist in their delusions.

Mar. 11 2010 07:48 PM
Ana from Manhattan

P.S., that was comment #37 I responded to.

Mar. 11 2010 06:04 PM
Ana from Manhattan

@(38) A.G. from Hudson County-
This is Ana, the caller. I'm saying there are smart, researched people out there, including Latinas. I'm proud of my good investments and always aim to help others (of all backgrounds...) do the same!

Mar. 11 2010 06:03 PM
kai from NJ-NYC

@ James H. - Very enlightening.

I presume Obama's handlers are (in no particular order): Unions, Wall St. financial industry, populists, health insurers, trial lawyers,
big pharma., ACORN, the military industrial complex, NARAL, environmentalists, big oil, and Kenyan tribes people. Am I forgetting anyone?

Kudos for your thoughtful analysis!

Mar. 11 2010 02:48 PM
James Hellmens from New York

Obama is turning our to be a useless puppet of his handlers

Mar. 11 2010 02:26 PM
Selma Julius from NYC

I'm a fan of Michael Moore's work. The last film was right on the mark. A suggestion for the next one: Lobbyists and their influence on the political system; a cancer that's destroying our democracy.

Mar. 11 2010 12:50 PM
g.e.Taylor from Brooklyn

". . . Moore's style has also come under fire from those who claim that when making his films, he unfairly edits and re-sequences events in order to twist or misrepresent the words of his targets or interviewees. Dave Kopel has compiled a list of alleged deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11, and's Christopher Hitchens compiled a similar list. . . "

I'd bet that the Stephen Moore quote was the type of "docu-lying" that Michael Moore is well known for.

(BTW: Is that Jessie Ventura I hear talking up his "9/11 Truther" nonsense? What's next? Hulk Hogan discussing "Birther" Theories about Obama?)

Mar. 11 2010 12:48 PM
kai from NJ-NYC

@Benito. Like you said about M.Moore and his alleged love of certain _socialist_ models, like Cuba: Looks like you are a lover of corporate authoritarianism. Singapore, China, good luck.

How about a more balanced models that don't have the extremes that you either seem to love or hate: Canada, Denmark, Sweden, etc.

"Free markets" don't guarantee any personal freedoms. I guess you don't care about that.

Mar. 11 2010 12:13 PM
benito from Harlem

JK - thanks for making point better than I did. Americans would be better off not chewing gum vs. shooting up each other on the streets at post offices anat schools, and with millions without healthcare, in poverty and homeless or soon to be

but, whoops, but we'd have to trade that for the pleasure of being racist and smoking and other "pleasures"

Mar. 11 2010 11:54 AM
jk from NYC


I lived in Japan for three years and visited Singapore. You're right in saying Singapore is a company. It's Disneyland with the death penalty, as Bruce Sterling famously said.

Some laws you should know about:

Smoking in public, chewing gum, spitting in public, littering, jaywalking. Failure to observe these laws will result in stiff fines.

The fine for forgetting to flush the toilet in a public convenience is S$500.

Racial harmony is carefully promoted. Racial slurs, such as those you might hear in football chants could actually wind you up in jail, or getting caned.

If you have a balcony or garden, be aware that if you have flower pots, or anywhere that collects water and mosquito larvae subsequently breed, you risk being fined as a result.

Don't even think about drugs. They will hang or shoot you. Pornography is a no-no. And you'd be surprised what is considered pornographic in Singapore. Drunk driving is bad, too. You will go to jail for 10 years if convicted.

Have fun!!

Mar. 11 2010 11:46 AM
Richard from NYC

Correction to my comment 49:

The banks made it easy for people to do this because of their own greed, but for the same reason they should *NOT* be bailed out either.

Mar. 11 2010 11:42 AM

You would get more donations during pledge week if you didn't censor comments.

Mar. 11 2010 11:41 AM

Hey,Michael Moore Lobbies are the plague.Foreign loobies even more.
AIPAC the 900 lbs. Gorilla in Washington has got a sranglehold on Congress.It's not registered as Foreign agent and should be.In the past they were content with funnelling ISRAEL BILLIONS of US Taxpayer AID:
Now AIPAC who pushed HARD for the Invasion of Iraq is now strong-arming the US Congrass to attack Iran.
Interesting to note that THE 1978 Sinai agreements,Henry Kissinger GAURANTEED Israel fuel supplies no matter what.
So another war oil shoots sky high Israel is imune.Taxpayer gets to foot the bill.
How sweeeeeeet 'tis!!


Mar. 11 2010 11:40 AM
RLewis from bowery

Lopate does a great job of including questions from online commentors in his interviews. BL Moderator: Why doesn't Brian ever ask anyone a question from our comments? Are we wasting our time (not)participating in this way?

Mar. 11 2010 11:40 AM
Connie from NJ

Even atheists have morals? I guess Mr. Moore won't be making any documentaries about the misconceptions surrounding atheism.

Mar. 11 2010 11:39 AM
benito from Harlem

Michael Moore sounds like a real phony - does his documentary film company operate as a democracy?

Does he make an equal amount as all the other employees?

Share with us how you share the money and take of your employees

progressiveism shouldn't be giving away other people's money....Moore is good at doing that

Mar. 11 2010 11:39 AM
Pablo from Harlem

Brian, love you, but that was truly a disappointing softball interview.

Mar. 11 2010 11:39 AM
Abdul Smith from Brooklyn

Michael for consumer advocate?

Would love to hear you revisit your earlier discussion of broadband for all and ask Michael Moore about the bigger picture of capitalism as it relates to monopolies, etc with content service providers. Barriers to entry because of cost are due to monopolistic practices by those service providers who divide up turf and conquer (i.e. instead of having the option of cablevision/time warner/etc in my hood, I can only get time warner)

Also the recent abc/cablevision and fox/time warner battles where the customers are put in a stranglehold by content providers is another form of how those monopolies are affecting citizens on a daily bsis.

Mar. 11 2010 11:38 AM
Kate from Fort Greene

A study that came out yesterday showed that the amount of millionaires increased by 16% in 2009.

Mar. 11 2010 11:37 AM
TJ from NYC

I love Brian, I'm a donor to the station. But these moments always trouble me, he will fawn all over liberal guests like Moore to no end and challenge the few conservatives he has on (Leonard does exactly the same) much more strongly. Why doesn't Moore ever have to back up his charges of racism? Couldn't Brian ask for some evidence? And the WSJ guy answered a direct question from Brian about contrasting two countries, he didnt say he wants dictatorships. He was absolutely right saying free markets have done more to improve the quality of people's lives than the right to vote. He wasnt endorsing dictatorships. But of course they laugh it up and accept that charge as being completely accurate. If you disagree with a liberal it's always because you're a racist or fascist. So sad.

Mar. 11 2010 11:37 AM

Michael should go live in a Communist country for a while. He would change his tune.

Mar. 11 2010 11:37 AM
Richard E from long island/nyc

The world need people like you! I have followed you from the beginning. (I am the man who gave you $100.00 to help someone in the movie, 'Roger and Me' ) was in Queens NY, keep up the good work.!

Mar. 11 2010 11:36 AM
Richard from NYC

The people who took out loans they could not afford to pay back and/or lied about their income do not deseved to be bailed out. The banks made it easy for people to do this because of their own greed, but for the same reason they should be bailed out either. There is not enough personal or corporate responsibility being exercised in the housing crisis. To repeatedly cite, as Michael has done, that the FBI has established that the banks are responsible for personal irresponsibility during the housing crisis; is like saying drug abusers are really not responsible for their actions, but rather it's the fault of law enforcement for not getting rid of all the drugs.

Mar. 11 2010 11:36 AM from UWS

We didn't have sex after watching your film. It's good however.

Mar. 11 2010 11:34 AM
a. g. from hudson county nj

yeah, and republicans wear their hypocrisy as if noble suits of distinction-john.

Mar. 11 2010 11:34 AM
RJ from brooklyn

One problem with the transfer of energy from the Obama election campaign to the issue-focused campaigns necessary now is that they need *very* different organizing approaches, strategies, tactics, and structures. There are organizations that have been working on each of the most pressing issues we face now for years--on health care, on anti-corporate corruption, on improved foreign policy. But bringing them all together into one kind of organization, with structure, priorities, long-term planning, funding .... That's an incredibly difficult thing to do, and post-campaign organizatiuons simply haven't been able to create that from that energy.

Mar. 11 2010 11:32 AM
benito from Harlem

Singapore is a functioning company with good healthcare and extremely low poverty rates, not sure what's so horrible about that...

I guess from the safety of Moores 8 figure wealth, it's easy to be a limousine liberal

Mar. 11 2010 11:31 AM
Debra Foley from California

I was "duped" by a mortgage co. I even worked for that Co. We got a "modification" but where do we the "little guys" go for help on the fraud issue?? We KNOW our mortgage is fraudulent. Where do we go??? Can''t afford an attorney. Thanks Michael...LOVE your work!!

Mar. 11 2010 11:31 AM
Yazmin from Norwalk, CT

Michael, Thank you for doing what you do. You are my hero- the true model of what a patriot should be, and I work to try and emulate your example in my scholarship, activism, and art. Thank you! You're awesome!!!

Mar. 11 2010 11:31 AM

"@SM, most people wouldnt want the salaries that corporations pay in India and China."

That is the objective of outsourcing. How do you place a value on your labor? I don't know what you do, but do you feel that minimum wage (or lower) is sufficient?

Mar. 11 2010 11:30 AM
Jackie from from Waterloo, Canada

Mr. Moore: I appreciate all the work you do to show the social results of the upper-level move to extreme capitalism. I am currently reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.... probably the scariest thing I've ever read about how money has worked in our world in the last 30 years.

Mar. 11 2010 11:29 AM
Mike L from Chelsea, NYC

Michael - to your point on having never heard Moore's philosophy discussed in the media -- there is a broader point here.

The media outlets focus on the daily horse race, the daily news, but we need so much more discussion of the underlying political philosophies at play and how they fit into the day's issues.

Mar. 11 2010 11:29 AM
benito from Harlem

lol, if Stephen Moore would've said our model should be Cuba, Michael Moore probably wouldve agreed...

Brain, please ask him

Mar. 11 2010 11:29 AM

@SM, most people wouldnt want the salaries that corporations pay in India and China.

Mar. 11 2010 11:27 AM
a. g. from hudson county nj

your first caller just might be a not so wise latina,whodoes nor know she is not so wise.
in other words,i was 'down' and figured out the dirty thing,so those other idiot latinos should get screwed. gee,that's deep hermanita!

Mar. 11 2010 11:27 AM
jawbone from Parsippany

Please ask Micheal how sure he is Obama is not doing what he Obama thinks is the right thing for him to do.

Either Obama is being led around by the nose -- or Obama is doing what he ran for office to do. For example, Obama brought a Baucus former chief of staff, Jim Messina, who worked on health insurer issues for Baucus, into the WH to insurer issues. Baucus's special aide who WROTE the Senate health insurer's bill was, for two years, a VP for Wellpoint, one of the Big Health Insurance Parasites (BHIP).

No one from Kennedy's staff in the WH, afaik. The emphasis was on keeping the BHIPs PROFITABLE, with, apparently, a few sops to the people being used as hosts. Oh, and now there will be mandatory host status for us all. A larger pool of hosts to sucked of their financial life's blood.

IF Michael Moore could get Obama to be the Obama of his public (not the corrections given out at private fundraisers) promises,,,,OH! Be still my heart!

Mar. 11 2010 11:26 AM

Michael, please let us know where we can find that FBI report?? what is the name? where available?? thanks

Mar. 11 2010 11:26 AM

"Hundreds of millions of jobs in China and India that should be here. "

Why aren't we at least offering companies tax incentives for companies keeping their jobs here, or cutting off corporate welfare for those that outsource??

Mar. 11 2010 11:25 AM
Robert from NYC

That reminds me of the day my mom first used her EBT card at a butcher shop and he said "oh yeah, we take the welfare card!". It was intended as an insult but unbeknownst to the man my mom fortunately has lived to reach 88 year old healthy but ran out of the savings and retirement she had saved all her working to age 75 years of age. With scorn and derision he said what posted above to this person who worked from age 11, worked for WW2 effort and owned businesses standing on her feet breaking her back and out lived her retirement savings and needed assistance from a government program she contributed all those working years. The Welfare Card!!!

Mar. 11 2010 11:24 AM
john from office

Brian, you admire Mr. Moore, so you interview him favorably. He is a hypocrite and you will not approach any hard subjects.

Mar. 11 2010 11:24 AM
Henry from Katonah

Michael Moore sounds so reasonable. The mainstream media is complicit with him being characatured all the time since they never listen to him.

Mar. 11 2010 11:24 AM
Jordan Green from Brooklyn, NY

I just saw the film recently- and I was actually surprised to see how poignant "Capitalism: A love story" was- esp. the section about Reagan, and what was dismantled by insiders from finance... why do you think no one's embraced some of the revelations that you pointed out in the film, or held 'crossfire' style debates about some of those points, undercutting the pedestal that people tend to Put Reagan's legacy on??

Mar. 11 2010 11:24 AM

A crystal ball? Please.

Mar. 11 2010 11:24 AM
Matthew from Astoria

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RAHM EMANUEL who knocks heads together, kicks butt and takes names? He's still doing it, but he's been doing it TO HIS OWN SIDE - the left wing of his own party, and major supporters of Obama in 2008 and '09 - not to the Republicans who are supposed to be the enemy.

Mar. 11 2010 11:23 AM

Michael, please devote your next movie to the history of the student loan industry!!

Mar. 11 2010 11:23 AM
hjs from 11211

peter from suset
I guess it depends on which side u are on, whether or not someone is a "terrorist"

Mar. 11 2010 11:23 AM
will in Chelsea from chelsea

Michael, could there ever be a "good old fashioned" Civil Unrest movement to bring change?

Mar. 11 2010 11:23 AM
sophia canellos from new rochelle

There is no "new Rahm". This is the same old Rahm. He's an enforcer, but he's a DLC enforcer, which means his first instinct is always, ALWAYS to stomp on liberals, and that's why Obama picked him.

Mar. 11 2010 11:23 AM
tom from qns

What about the deeper reason sor forclosures: Hundreds of millions of jobs in China and India that should be here. There is a cause that would bring together all types of Americans

Mar. 11 2010 11:22 AM
Peter from New York City

Brian: You haven't been watching Rachel Maddow. The "tea party" protests of last summer were NOT "spontaneous" "grass roots" protests. They were organized by Dick Armey's Washington PR firm. Mr. Armey is neither "grass roots" nor "spontaneous."

Mar. 11 2010 11:20 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

John from the office,

I agree. For a more nuanced look at Michael Moore, try this great Slate article titled "The Lies of Michael Moore."

Mar. 11 2010 11:20 AM
AJ from Brooklyn

He is speaking the truth!

Mar. 11 2010 11:19 AM
john from office

Thankfully, Mr. moore will not be remembered in history.

Mar. 11 2010 11:19 AM

hjs # 13 .. your questioned is seconded

Mar. 11 2010 11:19 AM
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Mar. 11 2010 11:17 AM
Jerome from Manhattan

Michael's point about people sharing an experience of film viewing reminds me of a subway ride where I encountered 2 people who had that very same experience; they had just come out of a screening of "Bowling for Columbine", and were passionately discussing it...

Mar. 11 2010 11:16 AM
jk from NYC

Rick Santelli is clown shoes. See Matt Taibbi blog re "You Can't Cheat An Honest Man".

Mar. 11 2010 11:16 AM
the truth! from BKNY

Funny clip

Mar. 11 2010 11:16 AM
RCT from NYC

Michael, I attended a party for lawyers/bankers in the middle of the crisis and listened to a managing director at a major bank talk about "working class people who have cars and TVs already-- and now they want houses," and describe those who were being foreclosed upon as having "low iqs" or being "greedy."

He was earning millions and I can't help hoping that he falls out of an airplane someplace. It was horrible.

Mar. 11 2010 11:16 AM
Kathy from Morganville, NJ

Thank you Michael for keeping our eyes wide open.

Mar. 11 2010 11:12 AM
Tigersfan from Brooklyn


I am a progressive pro-labor Democrat from Michigan who loves the Tigers. So you'd think I'd be your biggest fan, but the tone of some of your films kind of turns me off. Especially your use of the "ambush interview". How do you distinguish yourself from someone like Bill O'Reilly who uses the ambush as a weapon against people who dissagree with him or embarass him? What criteria do you use to determine who gets that treatment?

Mar. 11 2010 11:11 AM from UWS

I think this last film - "Capitalism- a Love Story" is the best film he has ever made and should have been in wider release that I believe it recieved.

Good Work

Mar. 11 2010 11:11 AM
john from office

Brian, I hate this guy, I am going to a pod cast of Left Right and Center.

Mar. 11 2010 11:07 AM
antonio from park slope

How about Howard Dean for COS?
Or maybe Samantha Power?

Mar. 11 2010 11:05 AM
Peter from Sunset Park


No, I am talking about Rachel Corrie, the woman who acted as a human shield to protect terrorists. Some would go as far as to say that protecting terrorists is terrorism. I wonder what Michael Moore thinks on the issue?

Mar. 11 2010 09:56 AM
hjs from 11211


are you talking about Rachel Corrie, the human right activist?

Mar. 11 2010 09:42 AM
hjs from 11211

a lot of red states are against "socialism" and such. would this be a good time to end corn subsidies and other red state welfare?

Mar. 11 2010 09:34 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Michael Moore dedicated his book “Dude, Where's my Country?” to Rachel Corrie. Ms. Corrie was either a misguided woman or a supporter of terrorism who was killed when acting as a human shield to protect Palestinian terrorists. Does Mr. Moore advocate or support the use of human shields against Israel?

Mar. 11 2010 09:28 AM
Merrill from NY, NY

Ask him about his recent letter to President Obama to replace Rahm Emanuel where he writes: "Let me be clear about one thing: The Democrats on Election Day 2010 are going to get an ***-whoopin' of biblical proportions if things don't change right now."

I know the letter is largely tongue in cheek but there is alot of truth in his tongue.

Mar. 11 2010 09:07 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Michael Moore used non-union members to make this movie. I thought Mr. Moore was a union guy?

Mar. 11 2010 08:09 AM
Robert Bach from Toronto

Michael, I agree, the best film last year was Troubled Water. Why do you think it wasn't nominated for best foreign picture?

Mar. 11 2010 01:12 AM

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