MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell brought on radical filmmaker Michael Moore to offer his “Last Word” of liberalism on Thursday night. Moore said “maybe Mr. Roberts is a man of conscience. And part of that conscience says that it would be immoral to upend this bill.” Moore still felt insurance companies should be surgically removed and single-payer statismshould be installed: “we’re 65 years behind the rest of the Western industrialized world.”
But online, in their “Very Last Word,” MSNBC wanted Moore to repeat his charge that the country is being led backward by religious idiots who believe in the Biblical account of Creation:
MSNBC PRODUCER: I read on your blog today that the fight wasn’t between red state and blue state any more, but rather between —
MOORE: Yeah, I think when they say it’s a divided nation, it’s about liberals and conservatives, or Republicans vs. Democrats. The real divide in the country is between those who believe that Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs six thousand years ago – and all the rest of us. That’s the divide. Between the people who’ve been fed a lot of misinformation, and fear, um – and those who operate with facts, who believe in science. Um, I think that that’s – for that divide to come more together, we have to have better education and better media so that so many million Americans don’t believe what they actually believe.
Remember Michael Moore selling his last film as a Catholic believer? That must have been rhetorical fraud. Now evangelicals are more likely to be tried-and-true “young earth creationists” than the Catholics, who are more flexible on the chronology of Creation. But it certainly sounds like Moore is mocking Christian conservatives in general, and then their news sources, starting with Fox. This is how he wrote this attack on his actual blog:
And that, I've come to believe, is the true divide in this country. It's not blue state vs red state, liberal vs conservative, Democrat vs Republican. The split we have in America can be boiled down in its simplest form to this: On one side are the people who believe Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs 6,000 years ago – and then there's everyone else. On that first side are the people who've been fed a diet of fear and lies and hate. And who is feeding them? The 1%. The richest people in the country, the ones who aren't done with us yet because they still don't have enough wealth, have done their best to dumb down the population through destroying our educational system and using media to provide them with a vastly distorted sense of reality. The rich's only obstacle is that they only hold 1% of the votes in the country. So they have to try to get a slim majority of Americans to vote their way. And fear, plus keeping them stupid, usually works.