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In Face of ‘Capitalist’ Criticism, Michael Moore Remains Silent for Now

MMFlintTwitterPoint Web browser to @MMFlint… Refresh after seeing no recent tweet(s)…. Repeat.

That’s been our intermittent routine here at FishbowlNY HQ (a.k.a Chris & Me) as we await Moore’s comeback to a massive amount of media and public criticism. The details of the filmmaker’s messy divorce battle, first reported by The Smoking Gun, were picked up with a vengeance this week. It turns out MM owns many more homes in Michigan and New York than most people were aware.

The right-leaning press especially has been relishing this news. For example, the headline over at United Liberty reads: “Socialist Weasel Michael Moore Hates Capitalism So Much That He Owns 9 Homes.”

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PolicyMic Has Trouble with Photos of Flint, Michigan

Deadline Detroit columnist Alan Stamm this weekend was all over a sloppy bit of reporting about Flint by PolicyMic writer Laura Dimon. There were a number of issues with the article, including a couple of egregious photo errors.

WrongPhoto1The first photo mistake, rectified late Friday (without a correction note) via the removal of the offending image, had the Israeli street at-right framed as being in Michigan:

An uncredited photo of a street in Ramla, Israel, accompanied the article until after 10 p.m. Friday. A Redditor named Sam first noted that incongruity Friday afternoon. He proves the error with a Google Street Maps image and posts:

“I thought I was hallucinating at first, but this picture is not actually from Flint. I know this because I lived in the place pictured almost my entire life. It’s a city in Israel called Ramla. I’m really confused as to why this picture is featured in the article and I’m a little creeped out.”

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Samantha Bee Pays a Visit to the New York Times

Why haven’t other media outlets picked up on the incredible October 22 Bloomberg Businessweek story about some shady, profitable Wall Street maneuvers involving NYC equity firm Blackstone and Spanish gambling outfit Codere? That’s what Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee wanted to know last night on The Daily Show.

And so, Michael Moore/Roger and Me-style, Bee marched over first to the New York Times, where she spoke with reporter Gretchen Morgenson. Together, they engaged in a hilarious ten-second test. Ultimately though, the story fell victim to being “just another day on Wall Street.”

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Searching for a Great Sugar Man Follow-Up? Rolling Stone Has It

Before Argo, both in real life and at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, there was Searching for Sugar Man. The winner of the Documentary Feature prize is just about the most entertaining in-search-of doc since Michael Moore was in his GM, George W.-tracking prime.

Rolling Stone associate editor Andy Greene delightfully keeps the vibe going with today’s “10 Things You Didn’t Know…” feature. God love Sixto Rodriguez, a guy who opted not to attend the Oscars and then nonchalantly skipped his moment of Academy triumph from afar:

“I was asleep when it won, but my daughter Sandra called to tell me,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t have TV service anyway.”

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Former Boss Comes to the Defense of Embattled BuzzFeed Reporter

Before Tessa Stuart joined BuzzFeed, she worked at LA Weekly. Today, that publication’s editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske has done what very few elsewhere in the media have dared to up to this point: firmly take Stuart’s side.

The crux of Fenske’s argument is that she feels there’s no way, under any circumstances (logged by the CPB or not logged), that Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat could have been detained for the amount of time Michael Moore first claimed (1.5 hours). From her op ed:

The Atlantic revealed that Burnat’s plane arrived at LAX at 4:59 p.m. , fourteen minutes behind schedule. Even if the plane was blessed with a relatively quick deboarding, it’s hard to imagine that Burnat could have possibly first encountered federal agents any earlier than 5:20 p.m.

Weirdly, The Atlantic lets Moore suggest otherwise: “In the half-hour between Burnat’s arrival and the first log entry cited in BuzzFeed’s post, Moore says Burnat and his family had already been taken to two other holding areas.” Oh really? So the plane landed at 4:59, and somehow magically everyone was ushered into various holding areas within just a few minutes, only to be detained and shuffled to room after room in just 29 minutes?

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Michael Moore Brands BuzzFeed Report a Lie

Newly installed BuzzFeed LA reporter Tessa Stuart is causing a commotion on Twitter with her story about Michael Moore. But not necessarily the good kind of commotion.

The above tweets were rattled off by Moore around 4:45 p.m. PT this afternoon. He is taking issue with Stuart’s claims that an LAX incident last week involving Oscar-nominated Palestinian director Emad Burnat (5 Broken Cameras) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel was wrongly characterized as “racial profiling.” From Stuart’s piece:

A source working at LAX familiar with the situation said when Burnat wasn’t able to produce that document [Oscar invite] on the spot, he was taken to a secondary inspection area where he found the ticket, showed it Customs officers, and was immediately allowed to proceed to the baggage claim. This source insists the whole process took no longer than 25 minutes total, and was standard practice for anyone entering the country.

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Kathryn Bigelow Joins Rarefied TIME Cover Group

At the recent Golden Globes, Kathryn Bigelow and Jodie Foster commingled on stage and off; Bigelow as a Best Director nominee, Foster as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

By gracing the cover of the February 4 issue of TIME magazine, Bigelow joins Foster once again, this time as only the second female film director to adorn the publication. Foster did so back in October 1991.

The cover shot was taken by Paola Kudacki, the accompanying interview-profile conducted by Jessica Winter with help from Lily Rothman. Female power all around for this one.

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Michael Moore Comments on Colorado Shootings

In a brief email to TheWrap’s Steve Pond, Bowling for Columbine Oscar winner Michael Moore commented with a heavy heart but still some level of hope about this morning’s horrific events in Aurora, CO:

I believe anthropologists and historians will look back on us and simply conclude that we were a violent nation, at home and abroad, but in due time human decency won out and the violence ceased, but not before many, many more had died and the world had had its fill of us.

The first reader to react to Moore’s take vehemently disagrees.
Writes dinosferrari:

Listen Michael – I respect your right to say what you want but I must stop you when you assert that my country is a violent county. These awful tragedies happen. Not long ago a deranged man went crazy and started shooting people on an island in Norway. He killed 80 people! Violence is not confined to America or Colorado nor is it confined to the 21st Century. Earlier civilizations were routinely far more violent than anything we see revolving today…

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Citizen Journalist Inspired by Breitbart Readies Summer Documentary

It has always struck FishbowlLA that a more productive reaction to Michael Moore from those sitting at the opposite end of the political spectrum would be to adopt some of his clever, humorous filmmaking tactics. Someone who seems to have realized the value of this approach is Ellen Hubbard.

Per an interview on bighollywood.com, Hubbard enlisted Kansas City KCMO AM morning radio host Greg Knapp as her Moore stand-in. His mission: to solicit federal funding for the titutlar Museum of Government Waste.

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Media Still Getting Elvis Presley First-Kiss Facts Wrong

If this year’s Oscars are anywhere near as entertaining as a piece on TheWrap today about Documentary Short Subject category attendee Mother Prioress, we’ll be happy campers around about 8:24 p.m. PT Sunday.

Awards season expert Steve Pond fact-checks the topic of Prioress’s oft-repeated Hollywood PR. As actress Dolores Hart, it is said that she previously presented at the 1959 Oscars and was responsible for Elvis Presley‘s first on-screen kiss. Wrong, and… not quite right. Pond notes that the bit about the Elvis kiss was put forth about a decade ago by ABC News’ 20/20 and has been lazily repeated ever since:

It’s uncertain the order in which the kisses were filmed [for 1957's Loving You], but Elvis kisses Jana Lund about 50 minutes into the film, and Lizabeth Scott half an hour later; it isn’t until the movie’s final scene that he finally locks lips with Hart.

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