Your truly noted yesterday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) how Michael Moore tweeted, in part, that "We were taught snipers were cowards." Earlier today, Geoffrey Dickens at NewsBusters observed that Seth Rogen, whose "The Interview" movie was at least partially salvaged financially by freedom-of-speech supporters on the left and right who watched it online and in person in select areas, tweeted that "American Sniper kind of reminds me of the (Nazi propaganda) movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds."
Tonight, both Moore and Rogen are in keister-covering walkback mode. Predictably, both are pretending that they didn't imply and say what they really implied and said.
Here's Moore's original tweet:
Here's what he tweeted today:
No, Michael. Your original tweet “just so happened” to appear on the day the runaway box office success of “American Sniper,” the story of Chris Kyle, became too obvious to ignore. It clearly upset you, especially considering that over a decade ago you were calling Islamic fundamentalists attempting to expel those who had just liberated Iraq from the terrorist regime of Saddam Hussein the equivalent of the American Revolution's Minutemen.
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Update, Jan. 20: I could find no record of Moore backing down from his "Minutemen" characterization, even after his newfound heroes attempted to disrupt Iraq's first legitimate elections in January 2005 by bombing polling stations, or even after it became obvious that Al Qaeda terrorists posing as "insurgents" were diametrically opposed to anything resembling democracy or representative government — "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi condemned democracy as 'the big American lie' on Sunday and said participants in Iraq's January 30 (2005) election are enemies of Islam" — something the real American Minutemen fought and died for.
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Really now, "American Sniper" somehow caused Rogen to think about Nazi progaganda movies, but he "wasn't comparing the two." I didn't think anyone could weigh in more weakly than Moore, but Rogen certainly accomplished that seemingly impossible task.
In both examples of cowardly passive-aggressive behavior, today's twin tweeting twits are communicating their belief that those Americans who learn of what they originally said are dumber than a box of rocks, and will actually buy the "I wasn't referring to the movie" crap they're trying to sell today. Not a chance, guys.
Sadly, though, the two will probably be successful at keeping their disgraceful posts out of most establishment press outlets, and thus away from most of the American public.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.