Hat tip to Anna at The Right Place for quoting extensively from Peter Schweizer's new book: "Do As I Say (Not As I Do)"
"The year that Moore claimed in 'Stupid White Men' that he didn't own any stock, he told the IRS that a foundation totally controlled by Moore and his wife had more than $280,000 in corporate stock and nearly $100,000 in corporate bonds.
Over the past five years, Moore's holdings have 'included such evil pharmaceutical and medical companies as Pfizer, Merck, Genzyme, Elan PLC, Eli Lilly, Becton Dickinson and Boston Scientific,' writes Schweizer, whose earlier works include 'The Bushes' and 'Reagan's War.'
'Moore's supposedly nonexistent portfolio also includes big bad energy giants like Sunoco, Noble Energy, Schlumberger, Williams Companies, Transocean Sedco Forex and Anadarko, all firms that 'deplete irreplaceable fossil fuels in the name of profit' as he put it in 'Dude, Where's My Country?'
'And in perhaps the ultimate irony, he also has owned shares in Halliburton. According to IRS filings, Moore sold Halliburton for a 15 percent profit and bought shares in Noble, Ford, General Electric (another defense contractor), AOL Time Warner (evil corporate media) and McDonald's."
As Dennis Prager often points out: "Being Liberal means never having to say your sorry". As a conservative (especially a religious type) one takes moral stands. One sticks one's neck (and some times other parts of the anatomy) out and clearly states a position and passes judgement on others. The biggest petard the Liberals try to hoist us upon is that we are "hypocrites" whenever we are found to have a normal human failing.
Therefore, William Bennet's brilliance is irrelevant because he gambles. Rush Limbaugh's logic and persuasive abilities are discounted due to a pain-killer addiction, The entire Bush Administration is a "Crime Family" because Scooter Libby has been indicted for perjury. And on and on...
The beauty of being a liberal is that since they never seem to make any moral condemnation or judgement upon other's behaviours, they are free of the dreaded hypocrite label and seem to exist in an "above the fray" legitimacy in the popular media.
Yet now Mr. Schweizer has exposed the sanctimonious Michael Moore (finally) and thus the hypocrite shoe can be on the other foot now. If Moore had not been such a blowhard and claimed such moral superiority he could have avoided this situation, but he made the mistake of claiming a position of ethical grandeur and now he must pay.
I have to say I'm a little surprised by this as it is a bit sloppy and stupid. I mean...Haliburton? That seems a bit obvious, doesn't it? Of course, I'm not surprised he owns stock in MacDonald's... it looks like he's making fine use of his dividends by re-investing them at the drive-thru via a #2 combo with extra fries.