Saturday, June 26, 2004

Michael Moore, King of All Media

Reading this post by Matthew Yglesias it occurs to me that Moore is once again breaking a barrier for left-wing thought in America.

He first did it with the publication of Stupid White Men at the peak of 9/11 hysteria. At the time, the book industry was convinced that it would be a suicide to publish an anti-Bush book at a time when Dubya was pulling down 80+ approval ratings. Moore eventually managed to get the publisher to ship the books and, to the industries' surprise, it became one of the best-selling non-fiction books of the year and has remained in or close to the New York Times Top Ten ever since.

As a result of the success of Moore's book, the floodgates have opened for the publication of left-wing, anti-Bush books. Just go to your local Barnes & Nobles or Borders and look at the Politics & Current Events section. I did just the other day and counted no less than 20 obviously anti-Bush books and, at best, three that were pro-Bush.

The success of Fahrenheit 9/11 (and it will be successful) has the potential to do for the movie industry what Moore's book did for the book industry.

I wonder if he might consider tackling TV again?


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