Written by Dominic Dezzutti

Filmmaker Michael Moore came to Denver on Thursday night, primarily to sell books, but he took a break between book signings to tell the Occupy Denver protesters that he supports them and that the rest of the country is watching.

Michael Moore is already a polarizing figure, without going into his Occupy Denver stance, but examining his 20 minute appearance with the protesters can help bring to light the hypocrisy that continues to dog the entire movement.

Let’s start with Moore’s arrival. According to the Denver Post, Moore arrived one hour and twenty minutes late for his twenty minute speech. The report didn’t say if Moore was late for his book signing, but I’m wondering who Moore held as a higher priority, people who bought his book or people standing in the cold.

If we only have his arrival time to judge, I think we know who was the priority. Again, I have no way of knowing for sure, but usually only Presidents get to arrive 80 minutes late and not look like they couldn’t care less about the crowd.

When we look at Moore’s speech, first we get the offensive lunacy.

In one of his comments, Moore compared the Occupy protests to the civil rights and gay rights movements. I was never a part of those legendary movements, but if I was, I would be offended with the comparison.

People who took part in those legendary movements were focused on solving an injustice in the world, they weren’t simply camping out to protest bank bailouts. Comparing civil rights movements to a protest that is looking more like a homeless campground by the day is offensive and insulting.

Later in the speech, we get treated to height of hypocrisy. Moore criticized Corporate America, saying “they overplayed their hand” with their “five mansions.”

That would seem like a fair critique if we ignored one glaring detail. Michael Moore was in town promoting his new book. The publisher of that book is Hachette Books, whose parent company, Hachette Livre is the second largest publisher in the world and based in New York.

So are we to believe that all corporations are evil, except for the second biggest publisher in the world? If Michael Moore, an award winning filmmaker, really felt aligned and in touch with the Occupy movement, wouldn’t he pick a smaller publisher for his memoirs?

Maybe I simply just don’t get it. Maybe it’s okay to take a short break from a book tour paid for by a corporation, to speak out at a protest against Corporate America, and then leave said protest to attend a book signing to sell more books. Maybe I am the one that’s behind the times.

But then again, maybe we’re seeing a big problem with the Occupy movement and why it so desperately needs to focus if it intends to make a true difference. Without a focus, the Occupy movement is a magnet for this kind of hypocrisy.

The Occupy movement needs to know what they want and move towards that change, not simply be a group of contrarians against rich people.

Maybe a few more speeches from millionaires taking a break from their corporate sponsored book tours will get the folks with Occupy Denver focused. If it doesn’t, they are in for a very long winter.

About The Blogger

– Dominic Dezzutti, producer of the Colorado Decides debate series, a co-production of CBS4 and Colorado Public Television, looks at the local and national political scene in his CBSDenver.com blog. Read new entries here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Dezzutti writes about federal, state and local matters and how our elected leaders are handling the issues important to Colorado. Dezzutti also produces the Emmy winning Colorado Inside Out, hosted by Raj Chohan, on Colorado Public Television.

Comments (16)
  1. BC says:

    Spout off about anything but how Wall Street by its actions and buying of politicians are destroying our country.

  2. Carl Weathers says:

    George are you too stupid to stay on the actual topic? Or does your i.q. challenged brain not have the intellect to debate what was actually brought up. Love the usual “faux news” type of taunts. Hey if you’re gonna try and be a smug self righteous lefty at least come up with some original material ya zombie.

    So about how much does Moore pay his “gaffer”….maybe 1%….

    Love these logic challenged idiots who benefit TREMENDOUSLY from profits even like Moore to the point of having mansions while pretending to be a working class stiff. Hey truth is truth-if you can only dish it out but can’t take it, go wahhh wahhing back to your watching of “the daily show” for news. You’re not convincing anyone of anything.

  3. End User says:

    By the way, Moore wants his taxes raised? Well there’s absolutely nothing stopping him from giving the government more than he currently pays. So it’s really not that he wants his own taxes raised, he wants *your* taxes raised.

  4. End User says:

    Moore tells the reporter “you lie” when he say’s Moore’s worth $50mil. Looks like he needs to sue celebritynetworth.com


  5. JBM says:

    If Michael Moore actually acted in accordance with what he says he believes, he would put his book on the internet for free.

  6. Joseph Hutchison says:

    Dezzutti and Cassimy are mere mouthpieces of the corporate media. Cassimy’s question—a form of push-poll in its attempt to elevate rumor to fact—was and remains meaningless. Whatever Michael Moore’s net worth, he is pouring his time and his money into supporting the 99 percent, calling for policies that would cost him even more money. The stink of hypocrisy here arises from Dezzutti and Cassimy, who pretend to be journalists when they are nothing but lackeys.

  7. Linda Fisher says:

    Hypocrisy? What are you trying to imply here? That M. Moore is somehow hypocritical because he may have a lot of $? You have missed the point entirely. The 99% are NOT, and I repeat, are NOT against those who have mucho bucks. The problem comes in when these people do all the things that once lead to the “American Dream” and are no longer able to get there. Aside from the fact that they’ve graduated from college and quite possibly have two degrees and still are unable to find a job with a living wage. Homes are being foreclosed on after their mortgages blew up, an illness or injury can mean the difference between homelessness and NOT. M. Moore’s success is not what the 99% have an issue with. The problem is in the unregulated business on Wall St. and their deliberate lawlessness and the lack of accountability regarding the 2008 crash. Americans were left w/o the pensions they were counting on, depleted bank accounts, joblessness, home foreclosures and totally disappointed in their government, the country they loved and grew up in. M.Moore is not their enemy or the problem and I think you know that. If you don’t…you’re not paying attention.

  8. J. Fraser says:

    I never realized how much like Fox news your channel has become. Are you also owned by Rupert Murdock, or someone just like him? You are not representing the 99%. I’m very disappointed with you. By the way, I am 74 years old and am retired. I’m planning to march with the Occupy Denver people. Michael Moore was there to lend support. I want to do the same.

  9. Stephen says:

    Why was Michael Moore late? I don’t know. Maybe there were more people at his previous engagement than were expected. Maybe he had a flat tire. Maybe he helped an old lady across the street. To assume he was deliberately being disrespectful is, well, disrespectful.
    Additionally, these protestors believe they are trying to right an injustice as important as the lack of civil rights. They do not believe corporations are evil. While these protestors do believe the bank bailouts were wrong, this is not their raison d’etre.
    They seem to believe their lack of focus is a big asset to their protest. The galvanizing idea in the protests seems to be that too few corporations and individuals hold too much power.
    Perhaps if they were organized by former members of Congress, bankrolled by millionaires and promoted by a powerful media empire this author would find them more pleasant. Or maybe they just need to carry guns like Tea Party protestors.
    I fail to see the hypocrisy in a wealthy person viewing the protest favorably.

  10. OWS people Are Losers says:

    Here is the truth:

    These government teat suckers are too blind to see that they are the reason the USA is bankrupt.

    These idiots are among the 47% of non-federal tax payers.

    Somehow or another these math-challenged trashpots think that they’re among the 99% of taxpayers left over when you take the top 1% aside as scapegoats for the problems caused by the gullibility of those who sold their votes for the promises of irresponsible politicians.

    Remember, people: Obama just said these are “his people” and fully endorsed the protests.

    Moore – maybe you should think about occupying a gym?

  11. george says:

    CBS already has that completely covered.
    Hey, tell us some more lies,
    like WMDs in Iraq,
    or Killing a million people, spending trillions of dollars, when there have never been more than 1,000 al queda in the entire world is ‘patriotism’ & not psychopathic profiteering & treasonous stupidity?
    Or how about the mythical ‘City of Marjah; a city of 80,000″ that in FACT does not even exist.
    Or parroting Patraeus’s lie about thousands of killed & captured taliban when in fact more than 80 percent were civilians & the taliban NEVER left their country and NEVER attacked the United States.
    Or that old worn out line: “Tax breaks for corporations & the rich create jobs in America”
    How about that fraudulent ACORN video.
    And telling us you are ‘educating & informing us’?!?
    Yeah, Hypocrisy & lies, you are the reigning experts in that.

    1. Mike says:

      So true! Making comments and then asking about said rumors is just inept reporting, just like Fox “Noise” and teabagger comments. There are too many uneducated people in the reporting business and including producers that give the go ahead to air such inuendos without any competent research. The sad part is that even giving them the correct information and references, these idiots refuse to change their stance or make corrections.

    2. R.W. Wilson says:

      George,, “fraudulent acorn video”??? You really are ignorant! Is it by choice? Or were you born that way? Get a clue dude! And please, don’t vote!

      1. GG Kate says:

        I’m with you on that R.W. Wilson! Those make all the most noise are usually the ones that are uneducated, yet claiming/thinking they are!

      2. george says:

        If you are dumb enough to be completely spun by FAUX news,
        you are dumb enough to be spun.
        What an embarrassment to your parents you must be.
        But never forget that right wing liar traitors still love you.

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