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RIGHT-WING EDITORIALIST SHOWS DOCTORED PHOTO OF MICHAEL MOORE DOUBLE-FISTING HOT DOGS; FALSE LIGHT
I work for a station that is owned by a pro right-wing corporation...Sinclair Broadcast Group (the same infamous corporation that banned all of its ABC affiliates from airing Ted Koppel's Night Line showing photos of servicemen and women who died in Iraq).
Every night at 11pm, our station, along with the other 64 stations owned by Sinclair must air a mandatory editorial entitled "The Point", performed by one of their head guys, Mark Hyman. They are usually commentary that is favorable to President George W. Bush and eat a valuable minute and a half out of our news-time.
So, one night, he decided to attack Michael Moore and his movie. He passively bashed it...saying "Everyone knows this film is purely political speech and has no artistic or entertainment value", which is untrue -- in my mind -- because it is REALLY entertaining and I don't know what his sources are to prove that "everyone knows" that this film has "no artistic or entertainment value"...other than just because he SAID that "everyone knows" that, it's true.
He goes on to say "The absurd allegations and fabrications put forward by Moore in his film are no worse than the absurd allegations and fabrications put forward by slanted media outlets." First, MARK HYMAN is slanted, which is okay because it's commentary...but so is Michael Moore's movie, YET happens to also provide proof of his claims, something Hyman hasn't done thus far in this "The Point". He just says it's full of "fabrications"...doesn't prove why...he just says it.
That's the basic theme of what makes his editorials so credible: he just SAYS it is so -- with a man-childish/mama-boy's stance.
Maybe we'll all find out someday that everything Michael Moore has said in his film is nothing more than a pack of lies, but you can say in retrospect that at least Moore gave something of what could be considered sources. Mark Hyman just SAYS it...LOUDLY and ARROGANTLY, and, unfortunately, awkwardly.
Actually, he BARKS it at YOU, the viewer. And that's his only source: loudness and arrogance...barked at you. You (the viewer) are immediately imposed to play the role of the disobedient child. That's the basic feel of these "The Point"'s. He's telling you how it is. Don't dare think otherwise you disobedient children!
HERE'S THE PART ABOUT MICAHAEL MOORE FISTING HOTDOGS....
Mark Hyman ends his Michael Moore commentary on what is quite honestly a trashy note....
"And finally. No reasonable person would take seriously anything said by someone who has so little respect for himself that he allows himself to look like this."
While he is saying this, a series of unflattering photos of Michael Moore are shown. I watched them as I screened it before it went on air...they were all not the best photos, but the last one...the one Hyman ended on just as he was saying "allows himself to look like this" was a clearly doctored photo garnered from the internet of a grossly overweight Michael Moore with hotdogs in both fists, mustard stains on his shirt, and an unnatural, pixilated white background --> click here (or copy/paste URL) for doctored photo www.gravett.org...
I didn't think it was real, mostly because it obviously wasn't. So, I showed the producer, the producer agreed, because it was OBVIOUS. So, he called the news director. The news director said we couldn't really do anything about a purported doctored photo unless we found the original.
A few minutes later, on blessed Google, I found the original --> click here (or copy/paste URL) to see original www.dailyillini.com...
The ORIGINAL shows Michael Moore fisting a microphone and his other hand clenched into a fist in front of a podium...and may I add, not as cartoonishly overweight as the doctored photo of Moore fisting hotdogs used by Sinclair.
Short story, producer called back news director and told them I found the original, news director called corporate headquarters and told them I found the original, corporate headquarters called me (and my co-worker who suggested the Google search) "heroes" and sent out an e-mail to all the 64+ stations it owns that are mandated to run the editorial "The Point" to edit out the part that visually defames Michael Moore.
So, everyone wins: Sinclair avoids a potential lawsuit, I satisfy my personal need to stop this reckless lying and distortion in the media, whether it be intentional or not.
In my mind, the question remains: How could people who run a corporation as successful as Sinclair NOT have the sharpness of perception enough to realize how obviously doctored this photo was? Could it have been deliberate?
Yet, the website still has the original editorial, which you can watch at www.newscental.tv and click on "The Point" icon. Go to the July 8th editorial entitled "More on Michael Moore". In fact watch all of them. See for yourself how unintentionally funny he is, then ask yourself "what's 'The Point'?"
Thanks for reading!
Posted by Teddow at 07.13.2004 03.50 AM
Originally posted by ThePrankMonkey
well thats the first time i've ever seen the photo on THIS board and its the first time i've seen that picture at all.
Originally posted by curme
Last night I saw a Jacques Cousteau documentary on whales, in the Atlantic. In this one scene, he showed stock footage of the Calypso II sailing, in the Pacific! When will these 'so-called' documentaries stop using DETs?
Originally posted by ThePrankMonkey
moore has admitted even before it opened the movie is basically his opinion on everything he covers oin the movie.
Originally posted by RANT
I'm just thrilled to see people saying DET's. Saves alot of time.
And gives new meaning to "the hunt" for said DET's being played out in the media.
Originally posted by earthtone
Of course it is. His political stance is quite clear throughout. Your point? Isn't it about time all the F-9/11 bashers started actually disproving the facts that are in this movie instead of just moaning about how biased it is. I'm sick of hearing it!