Michael Moore Gets His Facts Right

Michael MooreTime magazine recently interviewed Michael Moore (h/t to NewsBusters) and made this gem of a comment (emphasis added):

Every fact in my films is true. And yet how often do I have to read over and over again about supposed falsehoods? The opinions in the film are mine. They may not be true, but I think they are.

I have two things to say about this. 1) There are lots of places that have show that the “facts” Moore uses are not actually true. Check the post by NewsBusters for some great links. 2) Here is the kicker: his statement is actually completely accurate! What? I am siding with Moore? No, not so much. As noted in the most factual of all online sources, Wikipedia (heh), a fact, scientifically speaking, is defined as “an objective and verifiable observation.” Using this definition, of course Moore’s movie facts are, by definition, true. Unfortunately for him, he just don’t use many facts. I suppose they could be using a more common usage definition where in investigations a fact could be “an item of information that can be verified as either true or false.” It that’s the case, well then see point 1 and we will see how his facts have been verified. I tend to like the scientific definition of fact. Either way, Moore has nothing good to say.

I feel like I have been writing too much lately, is it hard to keep up with it all?

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  1. May 18th, 2007 at 03:56 | #1

    Moore’s statement is a tautology. A “fact” is (by definition) “true.” So, on the rare occasions that “facts” appear in his films, they will be “true.” Unfortunately, they don’t make many appearances in his crocumentaries.

  2. May 18th, 2007 at 07:47 | #2

    Writing too much? Never!

  3. salmypal
    May 18th, 2007 at 10:07 | #3

    Fact: Bears eat beets. Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica!

  4. May 18th, 2007 at 12:19 | #4

    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

    /too much, phsaw.

  5. May 18th, 2007 at 13:05 | #5

    The picture covered up the first paragraph

  6. May 18th, 2007 at 13:30 | #6

    Moores definition of fact is 10% of reality combined with 90% distortion.

  7. May 18th, 2007 at 13:46 | #7

    @ Catron: exactly my sentiments!

    @ Amanda: Thanks :) I will be gone this weekend, so I am providing a balance, right?

    @ sal: Michael!! haha, oh is there anything The Office can’t do?

    @ Kirstin: wow, is that a Jetson’s reference?

    @ Wayne: yeah, my blog is not optimized for 800×600 resolution so the picture with push the text below it (at least it is supposed to, IE6 still does things screwy). 1024×768 (or larger) and running Firefox is ideal (think tend to look like they are supposed to in IE7… but not perfect in IE6).

    @ Tony: Exactly! What is scary is that he actually believes his “facts” are actually true.

  8. May 18th, 2007 at 15:06 | #8

    Would it kill you to spell my name right? :p

    Jetsons ftw. You can never go wrong with the Jetsons.

  9. May 21st, 2007 at 19:07 | #9

    Ummm… I was just seeing if you were paying attention… shut up, sorry!

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