Fred Barnes has written an article to directly confront Michael Moore on an interview that Barnes said never took place:
“Fred,” he quoted himself as saying, “tell me what The Iliad and The Odyssey are.” I started “hemming and hawing,” Moore wrote. And then I said, according to Moore: “Well, they’re . . . uh . . . you know . . . uh . . . okay, fine, you got me–I don’t know what they’re about. Happy now?” He’d smoked me out as a fraud, or maybe worse.
One, I’ve never met Moore or even talked to him on the phone. And, two, I read both The Iliad and The Odyssey in my first year at the University of Virginia. Just for the record, I’d learned what they were about even before college.
I can honestly say I’ve never seen a Moore film or bought one of his books, but I have read some of his articles. My personal belief is that he’s an extremely left-wing polemic who is interested more in making a name for himself and verbally flaying his opponents than actually doing anything about the issues he sputs on. To be fair though, he represents the antithesis of those on the right-wing (Fred Barnes is relevant example) who act in the same manner, not that either is worth embracing.
Both of these guys spew venom, and I know I speak for a lot of people when I say that the polarization of this country is due to the personal vendettas of men like these two. They have these ideologies which they hijack in order to slander and libel anyone who disagrees with them, and then they say that the other guy hates America because he’s wrong. How about they get a clue and realize that we don’t need them, and the only people taking them serious anymore are in dire need of psychiatric help to de-program them.
Frankly, I think Barnes and Moore should have a televised grudge match to the death. Then, when one of them rises victorious (covered in blood and badly wounded, perhaps an eyeball protruting from it’s socket), the floor should open up and drop them into a room where the Declaration of Independence is read at 10,000 decibels, forcing their head to explode. Voila, problem solved!
Michael Moore and Me [Weekly Standard]