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Michael Moore Says Snipers Are Nothing More Than Cowards

by Kent Masterson - The Oregon Herald Tuesday January 20, 2015    9:33 AM

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has declared that snipers are not heroes in regard to the Oscar-nominated film about a former Navy SEAL sniper who existed mainly to snub the life of named enemy lists.

In a series of Tweets, Moore said, "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2," Moore wrote. "We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse."

Another tweet agreed, stating "America has proven it is backwards, does not stand for what it preaches, is cowardly and glorifies torture, bombing, invading other countries without just cause, has cartoon films for the juvenile masses instead of films with messages as they use to produce. American is lost, down the tubes, 31st in education, broke, has to borrow from China to pay its debt and still cannot do so. Its congress cannot agree on anything, is hypocritical and is NOT the best place to live in the world, unless you consider getting shot by cops for no reason because they have special privileges to kill and ask questions later. There are two America's one for the rich and the rest wallow in their dripping slime."

But this story is about what Michael Moore said. "But if you're on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who've come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor."

Although he did not directly name American Sniper or Chris Kyle, the real-life Navy SEAL upon whom the film is based, it is clear that Moore was referring to the project, which earned six Oscar nominations last week, including those for Best Picture and Best Actor, Bradley Cooper, who plays Kyle.

The backlash to Moore's tweets was nearly immediate. There was no surprise when conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity called Moore an "idiot."

"Hey Michael, when snipers like Chris Kyle are saving AMERICAN lives, that would be a good thing," Hannity wrote. "Even an idiot like U can get that."

Sean Hannity is a big TV show "24" lover, where the show seems to promote violence and torture.

Moore has long been an open critic of the Iraq War, and it was a major subject of his 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11, which analyzed the War on Terror, corporate America, and then-president George W. Bush.

One award season project that Moore is clearly a fan of is Selma, the film based on Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama.

"Try to see SELMA this weekend," Moore wrote last week. "Simply because it is a piece of brilliant filmmaking, the likes of which are so rare."

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