June 28, 2007
Musings On Michael Moore
By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily
y That is where Moore "interviews" Charlton Heston about the NRA holding its annual meeting in Denver shortly after the massacre. (The NRA was obliged to do so under the rules of its charter, and much of the convention was, in fact, cancelled.) About the time this interview was conducted, Heston had announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and it was obvious in his reaction to Moore's badgering that he was exhausted, uncomprehending, and unable to defend himself. Finally, he got to his feet and walked wearily away.
Heston came in for much liberal ridicule for his presidency of the NRA, and for his "cold, dead hands" speech. But it's also worth remembering that he marched with Martin Luther King in the 1960s, and spoke out against the violence and profanity in hip-hop entertainment, and made a classic speech at Harvard condemning political correctness. "Tyranny with manners," he called it. Heston's insistence on speaking out for what he thought right cost him popularity and it cost him money. He was a man who was entitled to respect, regardless of your political viewpoint.
I'm sure that Moore knew this. He's not stupid, and he does his research. Probably he was possessed by his own self-righteousness. It was one of the cruelest moments I've ever seen on the screen, and it was perfectly in keeping with Moore's methods of operation. He picks on people who can't defend themselves.
Moore's heartlessness was equaled shortly thereafter by the actor George Clooney, who said that because of Heston's association with the NRA he deserved Alzheimer's. We are lucky these people are liberals and therefore filled with compassion for mankind. Otherwise they would be monsters.