| Michael Moore has a new movie out and he has set his sights on American capitalism, banks, and the recent bailout of the economy. Moore is a provocateur, and a very good one - his Fahrenheit 9/11 is still the best grossing documentary of all time. This movie looks amazing and is sure to be well-done (his movies always are - Roger & Me is one of the best documentaries of all time).
Unfortunately, according to recent reports, the most recent movie misfires at one point when it repeats now-discredited attacks on Senator Dodd's mortgage deal.
Now, given the fact that movies take a long time to shoot, edit, print, and distribute, it could make sense to assume that Moore didn't have access to this:
The Senator and his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, negotiated interest rates and terms widely available in the marketplace when they refinanced the two homes. That's not special treatment.
- Hartford Courant Editorial, July 31, 2009
... [T]he ethics panel acknowledged that Mr. Dodd didn't ask for preferential treatment or even get the best deal Countrywide had to offer.
The committee's finding ... should restore constituents' faith as well.
- Hartford Courant Editorial, August 9, 2009
... [A]fter 18,000 pages of documents and a yearlong investigation, the Ethics committee is saying these "sweetheart" loans weren't even all that sweet.
- Politico, August 7, 2009
I could go on and on but I think you get the point.
Either way, its a shame that an otherwise powerful movie will include a discredited right-wing smear.