Or at least their media minders. In the New York Post, Kyle Smith writes, “Who denies that Michael Moore is a communist? Not Michael Moore”:
I gave him the opportunity to stake out a position for himself as a non-extremist at Alice Tully Hall on Monday night.
After a screening of “Capitalism: A Love Story” at this sparkling palace of capitalism (cocktails in the Morgan Stanley lobby, little black dresses in the Citi balcony), Tina Brown brought Moore onstage for a Q&A.
She posed a series of questions about his skill and daring, then invited the audience to query the filmmaker. I went to a mike and said (I am paraphrasing our chat), “I couldn’t help noticing that you use the Bolshevik anthem [‘The Internationale’] on the soundtrack at the end of your film. Wouldn’t you agree, though, that communism was far worse than Clinton-Bush era capitalism in the US?”
I thought this a softball question that any reasonable person would answer in the affirmative. I was surprised when I was hustled away for asking it.
We don’t have video of this incident, but I suspect it looked very much like this: