Michael Moore's America

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Documentary filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore talks about how he's doing this election season, and his being awarded the John Steinbeck Award, presented by San Jose State University.


Michael Moore

Comments [28]

Talleyrand from Basle Switzerland

You're wrong John from office.... Go back to work. Moor is invited because the guy has a very strong opinion and unlike the rightwingers in this country, he tends to research the facts. The guy has been pretty much on the money for a while.

As for the idea that a company should think less about sharholder value is a view that is held widely among perfectly "good" capitalists, Mr. Friedman. Sustainable business practices must include consideration for the workers in a large company. The Jack Welch school of business is out. Mr. Friedman, Read up about Nicolas G. Hayek who died this year. He was a great entrepreneur and he ALWAYS considered employees number one. And the man was a billionnaire.

Sep. 26 2010 05:07 PM
g.e.Taylor from Bklyn., NY

@Richard2024 ,

You are welcome.

In šāʾ Allāh
(إن شاء الله)

Sep. 22 2010 11:13 PM
Rami Friedman from Westfield, NJ

It is frustrating to hear Mr. Lehrer call Tea Party candidates such as Rand Paul and Sharon Angle extremists (earlier broadcast) and then bring on a guest such as Mr. Moore and defer to his suggestion that GM should seek something other than shareholder profit. THAT is an extremist view. THAT is a viewpoint which leads down the road of totalitarian collectivism.

I am a tea party conservative. Just because I read Milton Friedman, Tom Sowell and Ayn Rand does not make me an extremist. It makes me a passionate advocate of liberty, private property and individual responsibility.

If you could go back in time and ask James Madison or Samuel Adams or Benjamin Franklin if they would support "Social Security" or two years of unemployment benefits, do you really think they would have been enthusiastic supporters? Were they right-wing extremists?

I believe that our political class and our educational and media elites have become so accepting of collectivist ideals that many of the so-called moderate Republicans would be seen by our founders as left-wing extremists.

Mr. Lehrer, I listen to your show because I believe it is important to listen to a variety of viewpoints, and I can always hear people who agree with me on the AM dial. But your bias is visible and off-putting.


Rami Friedman

Sep. 22 2010 07:33 PM

richard2024 here. On 9/11 I lived in Chelsea, a mile or so to the north of the site. I walked to work that morning, and stopped at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway, in front of Trinity Church, to watch the smoke billowing up from the North Tower. The second plane hit the South Tower right before my eyes. Just so you know.
Muslims have every right to build a mosque wherever they please; I'm just saying they're being insensitive jackasses for doing it there. No offense to anyone.
Thank you g.e. Taylor.

Sep. 22 2010 06:07 PM
g.e.Taylor from Bklyn., NY

@john from office:

? "Steinbeck was a racist." ?
Where did you look that up?

I can't find it.

Sep. 22 2010 02:17 PM
g.e.Taylor from Bklyn., NY


Notwithstanding your name -
where is it that you live?

Do you think it would be fair to say that:
' most of the people who support this project don't live anywhere near the site, anyway.'

Sep. 22 2010 02:01 PM
g.e.Taylor from Bklyn., NY

Somehow listening to Mr. Moore champion the islamist "Arc de Triomphe" in downtown Manhattan, I get flashbacks to Norman Mailer's advocacy for Jack Henry Abbott
( ).
Are there any archived WNYC shows from then?
The multi-millionaire Moore has made a tentative commitment in the amount of his monthly pizza budget for a project being touted by two of the biggest "con" artists since Sante and Kenny Kimes.

Sep. 22 2010 01:43 PM

I have a friend who is married to an Iranian - they spend time in Dubai, are European, and say that between the two cultures one misunderstanding is that their culture doesn't value tact in the same way ours and European cultures do, and he thinks it is this lack of value for tact that has them insisting on that property.

Sep. 22 2010 12:39 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

richard2024: "bad taste" is not a reason to bar construction of the community center. if the entire area surrounding the former WTC is sacred (however "area" is defined), then why not sweep it clean of other businesses of "bad taste", like the strip clubs, souvenir kiosks, hotels with rooms that overlook the site, and other businesses that simply benefit their proximity to the site. surprise--all of them, including a house of worship for muslims, pre-existed the 9/11 tragedy.

the only people who should have anything to say about the plan exist within that community. community board 1 approved the use of that building, so accept it and move on with your life. if you think we need to invest in whatever "symbolism" that, supposedly, exists in a geographic area, then accept that your rejection of the legal development of a building within said area has its own, ugly "symbolism".

most of the people who object to this don't live anywhere near the site, anyway.

Sep. 22 2010 11:17 AM


I am surprised you didn't challenge the "What's good for GM is good for America" myth; you are usually on top of these things. Here is the context and the exact quote:

Wilson's nomination sparked a major controversy during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee, specifically over his large stockholdings in General Motors. Reluctant to sell the stock, valued at more than $2.5 million, Wilson agreed to do so under committee pressure. During the hearings, when asked if as Secretary of Defense he could make a decision adverse to the interests of General Motors, Wilson answered affirmatively. But added that he could not conceive of such a situation "because for years I thought what was good for the country was good for General Motors and vice versa." This statement has been misquoted endlessly in the inverted form of "What's good for General Motors is good for the country" as an example of the self-centered business attitude. [Wikipedia]

Sep. 22 2010 11:15 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Michael Moore is a talented filmmaker and mostly makes good point, albeit a tad melodramatically but when is he going to wake up and see the UAW and more importantly the public sector unions in this country are destroying its competitiveness and ruing public finance. They can't all be "boom times" mike, as you so pointedly spelled out in your last movie "Capitalism". We're all going to take a hit and along with a more progressivde tax structure we need to cut government employee benefits, negotiated at the point of a knife. Let's face it, most of the unsafe working conditions and vilolent employer coercion unions were founded to challenge are no longer possible given our present laws. The dream of viable "Anarcho-syndicalism" the likes of which we sometimes see in European countries is not possible in our country at this time, especially when the average worker can barely understand Algebra - and I include the hoards of graduated liberal arts majors in this category as well!

Sep. 22 2010 10:53 AM

Yeah Michael!
Holding obama/emanuel's feet to the fire!
If the Dems go down - they go down due to their own inaction. Please have this man on again (and again and again).

Sep. 22 2010 10:50 AM
D@@SH myself

and what do you need john

Sep. 22 2010 10:49 AM
john from office

Steinbeck was a racist, look it up. Maybe the idealist Mr, Moore should reject the award. But no, he needs the attention. He is sooooo humble.

Sep. 22 2010 10:45 AM

why do teapartiers and the mullahs in asia hate and fear science?

Sep. 22 2010 10:43 AM
John from office

Brian, call spike Lee in next for his economic opinion.. Mr. Moore is not an economist, accountant, or history expert.

Sep. 22 2010 10:41 AM

Thank you, Michael, for helping Middle East zealots fund bad taste at the World Trade Center site. The legality of constructing the mosque was never in question. Just the bad taste of the thing.

Sep. 22 2010 10:41 AM
Heidi from Ft. Greene from Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Mr. Moore: Thank you for your support of the Islamic Center near the former WTC site. I think you are absolutely right- the Islamic Center should be seen as an opportunity for reconciliation and peace as well as for greater mutual understanding among cultures that clearly need it. You are a voice of reason in a pile of bigotry and hate. Thank you, thank you.

Sep. 22 2010 10:40 AM
KarenOtten from Westchester County

If the the vast majority of Muslims don't believe in terrorism, they do believe that America is the Infidel, not so different from what Christian fundamentalists believe about contemporary sinful culture. My point is that those who would not want to fly the planes into the Twin Towers, nevertheless have negative wishes for the future of Israel, and as much as we are Israel's ally, for us too. The problem between the U.S. and Islam isn't just about "terrorism". That's a convenient point on which to base the current argument in favor of the mosque. I'm not against the mosque near Ground Zero, but let's me more honest about the underlying conflicts and hatred.

Sep. 22 2010 10:38 AM
Juli from Skillman, NJ

The GM story here seems to further exemplify the fact that supply driven economic theories really do not work.

Sep. 22 2010 10:38 AM

By saying that the 9/11 terrorists committed their actions for religious reasons, aren't you ignoring their political motivation? The attacks were certainly heinous, but they aren't a reason to turn a blind eye to the American policies that rubbed these people the wrong way --- and blaming their actions on fanatical religious belief does that.

Sep. 22 2010 10:36 AM
john from office

Mr. Moore, go back to your breakfast.

There is no reason for you to get involved in this, you just want attention, Bush is out of office, no one is asking you for your opinion.

Sep. 22 2010 10:36 AM
nota sheep

& i would move to new zealand except that it is the wife and child beating capital of the western world

Sep. 22 2010 10:34 AM
Robin from Queens

Go Michael Moore! Thank you for truth-speaking.

Sep. 22 2010 10:34 AM
john from office

Mr. Moore is aa attention hound, thereby Brian invites him on. A self promoting, obese left wing zealot. He has no idea what is occuring, he just wants attention.

Sep. 22 2010 10:30 AM
Jeff Pappas from Ct.

Hi Mr Moore,
Thanks for your great films and exposing critical issues ! Just be careful on your facts , there is no need to twist them or bend them to fit your view. This is how the Right wing crazies and Fox news works. It gives them ammo to fire back at you , while you have Reason, Justice and Common Sense on your side !

Sep. 22 2010 10:09 AM

more likely an all american perón

Sep. 22 2010 08:50 AM
Jonathan from New Zealand

I grew-up in Caracas, Venezuela. From childhood to adulthood I saw many corrupt governments create poverty and economic crisis eliminating the middle class and my father's retirement plans; then Chavez came to power. I lived in California for 10 years, now I live in New Zealand. The reason we left USA: it reminded me of Pre-Chavez Venezuela :( Question: Is USA going to have their own all-american Hugo?

Sep. 22 2010 07:06 AM

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