Michael's Dispatches

Michael Moore Lawsuit

Due to many meetings and holiday travel, I am still working on pieces about the incredible U.S. soldiers who took me on some dangerous missions in December.  Also, my trip with Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, harvested important information.  I can say this about Gates, as someone who will spend a lot of time on the battlefields this year, I am very happy that both President Bush and President-Elect Obama tapped Gates on the shoulder.  Gates is a winner who is watching out for our service members as well as the United States.  I also had a long and important meeting with General (ret.) Barry McCaffrey.  His trip reports from Iraq and Afghanistan have been brutally honest.  I have great respect for this American warrior.  I had other important meetings in Washington with thought leaders such as David Kilcullen, Ph.D., and I met with Fred Kagan, Ph.D., in Bahrain.  I saw Fred Kagan on an elevator and immediately asked for a meeting, which proved valuable to me.  Over the past few weeks I’ve also talked with very high-ranking U.S. officers about Iraq and Afghanistan.  My confidence on Iraq continues to grow.  Still, there is much concern about Afghanistan-Pakistan.

During my trip to Washington, D.C., I had a chance to catch up on some matters neglected while I was overseas.  My attorney may have to file a lawsuit against Mr. Michael Moore.  In May we contacted Mr. Moore, through his counsel, about Mr. Moore’s unauthorized use of my work on his website.  He did not respond.  My attorney has written again.  If Mr. Moore and his counsel continue to ignore our correspondence, we will proceed with a lawsuit. 

This lawsuit, though, should not be a distraction from combat reporting; the proceedings should be easy and require almost zero hands-on work from me.  But it will be potentially costly.  I’ve never sued anyone in my life.  Looks like Mr. Moore might be the first.  I told one very important person recently about the possible upcoming lawsuit and he said something like, “Someone should drive a stake through that guy’s heart.”  It won’t be that bad, but copyright cases are interesting and we have to deal with them often.  If you want to help me as I both prepare to return overseas and take on this lawsuit with Mr. Michael Moore, please hit the PayPal button.  This lawsuit could be expensive for Mr. Moore, as well.  My attorney advises that our position is strong.  It is senseless for Mr. Moore to ignore this matter.



# Mister Snitch 2009-01-13 04:31
If you want contributions re Moore, it would be helpful to link to a post explaining the suit.
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# Michael in LH 2009-01-13 05:04
"In May we contacted Mr. Moore, through his counsel, about Mr. Mooreƒ??s unauthorized use of my work on his website. He did not respond. My attorney has written again. If Mr. Moore and his counsel continue to ignore our correspondence, we will proceed with a lawsuit. "
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# Ron Coleman 2009-01-13 05:07
Gelt I don't have so much, but if you need another oar on the legal front let me know. This sounds fun and is pretty much up my alley.
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# Byron Schriever 2009-01-13 05:07
should be accomplished by a competant attorney at no cost to you on a contingency basis.
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# Scotch7 2009-01-13 05:11
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# HomefrontSix 2009-01-13 05:26
is here ---> http://www.michaelyon-online.com/michael-moores-crime.htm .

There's a "Search" box to the left, should anyone need to use it.
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# Anthony J Codispoti 2009-01-13 05:49
I would be proud help you to legally pulverize that filthy, bloated, unpatriotic slob.
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+1 # Hugh C. Daly 2009-01-13 05:51
Go get Moore. I'd love to put my foot through His ugly face.
I own a film/video Production Company located in New York for past 30 years.
NOT ALL members of the New York Media Elite are Left Wing Moore supporters.
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# kc 2009-01-13 06:24
If he's using a photo you took (from the looks of the original post) send a DMCA takedown request to the web host. They are obligated to remove the content; no lawsuit needed.
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# Zeno Davatz 2009-01-13 08:27
Dear Michael

I recommend you _not_ to sue Michael Moore over copyright. Call him personally (or write an open letter in form of a Blog-Post to him) and ask for a take-down of your unauthorized Photos or Text. He will have to comply. What you need is support from the Blogging-World. You need to let the the Blogging-World know, that Michael Moore is no Robin Hood but a Rip-Off-The-Blo gger kind of guy. Michael Moore wants to be seen as Robin Hood but as you seem to know by experience he is not. He is obviously more of a bad character then many think he is. Write one, two or three or more detailed Blog-Post about what Michael Moore did with your work and how he ripped you off! Write about it. Let the world know. It is cheaper and more efficient.

Really, save the money and_the_energy_ for your trips.

If Michael Moore sues you first, then you need a lawyer. Wait for that.

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# DonC 2009-01-13 09:09
Looks like its removed now anyway... Good because these people have strong, vicious, unquestioning supporters who cannot accept that Michael Moore can do any wrong or that the US government can ever do any right. They would have played nasty I'm sure, even though you have every right to protect your work and, if all other avenues came up blank, would really have no other option. I am not anti-Michael Moore and think he has raised worthwhile issues away from Iraq but people do not seem to treat his words with the same healthy skepticism that they treat their elected officials.

The best you can do is keep up your balanced, direct reporting - you can't argue with that.
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# AlphaCharliePapa 2009-01-13 12:01
I thought Moore was a Canadian? Anyway, good luck. I can't stand the guy. His books make wild accusations and his movies? Talk about "propaganda"!
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# Marjorie Harris 2009-01-13 13:14
I wonder why your attorney won't sue on a contingency basis as Bryon stated above. Someone needs to take MM down and I know of no one better than you! I have been reading your posts and supporting you with my tiny check each month for many months and I will continue to. I'm a 74 year old widow and while my money is tight, I believe in what you do and I want to help. I wish I were rolling in money, I would certainly send you a bunch! Be safe and God bless you for the work you do and the truth you write.
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# Some Soldiers Mom 2009-01-13 18:51
here's Michael's (the good one) original post on this
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# Rick Gordon 2009-01-13 18:54
Suit the bejesus outta the bastard. He should have been charged with treason a long time ago. A pity we don't any polititions with guts anymore.
You're the only place we can get the truth about what's going on over there. Thanks for all you do.
Watch your six
Rick Gordon
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# Noah Keran 2009-01-13 20:07
As a longtime reader and admirer of your reports from the front, I was startled to read your brief paragraphs about Michael Moore. It is astonishing how a momentary lapse of judgment can undermine years of thoughtful and valuable reporting...you rs. Your publishing of the remark, "he said something like, 'Someone should drive a stake through that guyƒ??s heart.'ƒ? is symptomatic of the intolerance that is fraught in the media and politics in the U.S. and not worthy of you.

You are, in effect, suborning murder. A thoughtful person would have been repelled by this remark from the "very important person" you quoted. It's astonishing you would then find something resonant in it, much less then to reprint it in your journal. (But you sure have brought all the right-wing I-hate-that-lib eral-Michael-Mo ore bugs out from under their rocks.)

Whatever claim you may have against Mr. Moore, you have not done anything to invite sympathy for it by publishing street trash talk. I hope you will be wise and big enough to publish an apology to Mr. Moore and to your readers (except the sad ones who may have found it resonated with their own biases against the man, having nothing whatever to do with your claim against him).

If, in fact, Mr. Moore has violated your copyrights, you will have my support in pursuing him legally and by direct appeal. But for you to publish that obnoxious and vicious remark makes you certainly no better than the rabble who shoot presidents and otherwise claim their God-given right to take the law into their own hands. If you have a legitimate claim against Mr. Moore, by all means, go for it, but please take the high road. Stumbling through the dark alleys of dangerous and hate-filled rhetoric is anything but.

This is not trivial, Mr. Yon. You have stepped over a line, and you should take a breath and tell everyone you published that trash in a moment of heat and pique and that you shouldn't have done it. You can do that. We all say things we later wish we hadn't. The difference is we don't all publish them for all the world to see. It's time for you to step up. We will all think the better of you for it, and it will be behind you.
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# Jared 2009-01-13 20:18
..that quote was pretty funny myself. It even made me chuckle for the first time today at work!
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# Evilleramsfan 2009-01-13 20:24
Noah, your reading of Michael's comments are assinine. Is or was he advocating 'driving a steak through his heart'? No. Anyone with even half a brain would realize that. The reference was that Moore is akin to a vampire and is a blood-sucker (or in this case, a copyright infringer, which would make him a money-sucker). I have absolutely no issue with that. You are taking the proverbial mole-hill and are turning it into Mount Everest.

Michael, best of luck to you should this suit come about. Voltaire said 'I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.'
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# wyderp 2009-01-13 20:28
go ahead and sue michael moore if he wants to use your material illegally, but don't do it because you hate him. didn't everything michael said about the bush and the iraq war end up being true? -- bush assisting relatives of OBL, invading iraq when it had shinola to do with 9-11, rumsfeld and bremer f'ing up reconstruction. some of the comments posted here are just scary. jesus, people, this isn't the red sox vs. yankees, you have to question your own country to keep it in check, and that is exactly what moore does. a little obsessive? perhaps, but so what? the administration is who you should go after, for war crimes and lying us into a war. i have as much of an anger problem as some of these people who post comments, but at least i'm furious that 4000+ soldiers had to die in a war that by all sorts of evidence was COMPLETE B.S.
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# Jim T 2009-01-13 20:37
Michael I hope your attorney has made clear what is the "best case" outcome of a lawsuit ... US copyright law basically allows 1) injunction to stop current and prevent future use; 2) actual damages and "profits" attributable to use of copyrighted material (in this case actual damages and profits would appear to be zero) ~OR~ "statutory damages" which may be hard to collect in any significant amount as it was probably some no-name staffer who used the pic; and 3) *maybe* recover costs and attorneys fees if the court feels like it. Further it doesn't appear that there is any evidence to support criminal infringement.

Oh, and Noah, grow up. Quoting a guy as saying "someone should drive a stake through that guy's heart" is no more suborning murder than yelling "kill the umpire" at a Red Sox game. Geez louize what a priss.
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# Shepherd Book 2009-01-13 21:29
wyderp: No, it is no more true now than it was then. Moore has mastered the ability to present facts in the service of absolute falsehood.

Noah: Did you condemn Air America's Randi Rhodes for "suborning murder" when she would ask about Bush, "What can we do about this or that," and follow it with the sound of a gunshot? That was much less likely a metaphor than the incident Mr. Yon reported.
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# Crafty Hunter 2009-01-13 22:11
Not that I disapprove of anything that will cause pain and suffering to that lying sack of ... lard Michael Moore, but I'd have to echo the sentiment that a simple DMCA takedown notice is best with which to begin. Then, if he puts the picture back up, you can show the court that not only did he ignore letters, he knowingly repeated the copyright infringement. This will put you into a stronger position to claim statutory damages, I think. IANAL, nor do I pretend to be one on the Intarwebs, but I do have a healthy wariness of the mess that is the U.S. legal system from many years of reading about it and the people who are mangled from contact with it.
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# John Carroll 2009-01-13 22:24
It seems the US history I once studied indicated that traitors were hanged .....
We've gone soft on the internal enemies of our nation
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# mcarroll 2009-01-13 23:14
as an artist and former soldier, i can't stand moore - who stabs are nation in the back with his propaganda under the guise of his constitutional rights. he is plain and simple a traitor and i think he should be tried for treason. sorry to offend you noah and other like-minded pansies. and stealing one's creative work gives me one more reason to dislike this spoiled swine. i will paypal you some funds michael.
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# K Watson 2009-01-13 23:40
Last time I checked Michael Moore was a Canadian so the US government could not accuse him of treason. Now since he is not a US citizen the government could always deport him back to Canada.

To Mr. Yon
If Mr. Moore took your photo off of his web site once you informed his staffers that he was not allowed to use it, then there is nothing you can do. If you are waiting on a letter of apology from either him or his lawyer then I think you will be waiting a long long time for that to come and it is sure not worth suing Mr Moore over just for an apology. Thatƒ??s just my two cents worth.
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# mike e 2009-01-14 01:09
Great, Id love to see the ignorant fat bastard sued.

He needs to suffer for his support of al-qaeda, his anti-American Fakumentaries, his ridiculous assertion that saddams WMD and ties to al-qaeda posed no threat to the US and his description of al-qaeda as "freedom fighters". MM is a traitor with the blood of coalition troops on his hands. I hope Bushes victory in Iraq and the birth of a free democracy in that country haunts the slug till his death.
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# A friendly voice from the IT admin world 2009-01-14 01:12
Please do not sue until you have exhausted the provisions of the DMCA take down process.
It is an extremely powerful tool when situations such as this occur where the copyright violation is so blaringly obvious.

You will have a direct complaint against the web host company, which has to be a more rational actor than the publicity hound and leech Mr. Moore.

If Moore switches web hosts to avoid your DMCA takedown notice, you then have further action that will provide you with the fodder to seriously pursue Mr. Moore's corporations for substantial liabilities as compared to what will end up a token sum in an y judgement if you win your lawsuit at this time without first pursuing the DMCA route.

Best of Luck to you in 2009 from a faithful reader of 4+ years,
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# Steve D. 2009-01-14 02:28
Fairly new here, so I'm not sure if calling Moore a Canadian is some sort jest because we seem to have more than our fair share of flakes/dimwits/ far left loons, but he ain't ours. Flint Mich. born and bred; straight from the horse's mouth in every one of his crockumentaries .
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# casstx 2009-01-14 02:37
Mike, whatever you end up doing with Michael Moore, get er done and do it well, it's about time he went down. Good luck! I think plenty of lawyers would be willing to help you, especially those who served.
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# AflakDuc 2009-01-14 03:58
Isn't it ironic how he uses the picture that you describe in your book as a turning point in the war because of the picture? - yet he makes it look like the American soldiers killed Farah. but all his followers will BAAAAA and go with it like sheep. Good luck & stay safe.
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# Mike Manus 2009-01-14 17:26
you da man! take em' down.
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# Mark Burden 2009-01-14 20:29
Of all the anti-American Hollywood types in this country, Michael Moore is at the top of the list. I truly hope you proceed with the lawsuit. Let them all move elsewhere and see if they can make a living as they do here.
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# Barbara McAlvin 2009-01-15 02:14
Dear Michael,
I've read you since the beginning and so admire you and thank you for your irreplaceable work. Since 2003, I've supported (and made friends with), eight active-duty, in-theatre soldiers, through Soldiers Angels, Patti Patton Bader's wonderful group of volunteer penpals supporting our hereos. However, I'm going to turn some of my contributions and attention to you, and I offer a friendly challenge to all who read your dispatches to make Michael Yon their #1 contribution this year. Dear Readers, if your company will make a matching contribution, that's double the contribution to Michael. Thanks for all you do, Michael.
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# Nashvillewriter 2009-01-15 03:47
Regarding Michael Moore:

He is a left-wing two-faced narcissistic blowhard! This liberal sacred cow needs to "downsize" more than his over inflated ego! He loves to bash the rich, the powerful, the conservatives, the religious right, corporate America, and yet, he's the one making millions off of his books and movies! He attempts to be entertaining, hilarious and comical in his rantings, while making fun of the aforementioned folks, and yet he's the one laughing all the way to the bank! His rant against corporate America and the "rich fat cats" gets old, especially in light of the fact that he fails to mention he has become one himself! Sure, he would love for you to believe he's a regular working-class guy in a baseball cap, but that is hardly the case. His attacks are divisive and not conciliatory. Any of the legitimate points he has ever made have been overshadowed by his hatred of Conservatism, which is unfortunate. Many of his statements are often contradictory and always self-serving; he obviously does little-to-no fact-checking; he has a habit of launching personal - and even legal - attacks on those who dare to disagree with him. A great read for those who love to be enlightened is the book, "Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man." It's unfortunate that so many leftists love his propaganda so much they'll believe anything he says.
Mr. Yon, I am more than happy to contribute to any legal expenses you incur regarding Michael Moore!
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# Chuck Farias 2009-01-15 04:33
Mr. Moore is a slob who has found a way to financially capitalize on
distorted and twisted hogwash. He is an opportunistic left wing vampire that sucks on the blood of socialistic bleeding hearts. I second the notion that someone should drive a stake through his blubberish heart. And yes, if this is spreading "intolerance" as the pious Noah suggests then so be it. Intolerance is the only thing that will save this country from completely going to the dark side as it leans too far left.
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# Tavallai 2009-01-15 15:55
...you should be well aware and accepting of the fact that your photos may well end up being re-interpreted by different newsmakers and the wave of public opinion.

But then, are you actually a photojournalist ? Or an ex-pawn/now shill for a crumbling empire that has failed to win any major conflicts in the last 50 years, despite massive technical and financial superiority?
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# mike e 2009-01-15 16:14
Tavalli: "But then, are you actually a photojournalist ? Or an ex-pawn/now shill for a crumbling empire that has failed to win any major conflicts in the last 50 years, despite massive technical and financial superiority?"

You are confused, Yons not a Soviet. Hes a Yank and since 1959 they have won wars in Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama and Kuwait, not to mention the cold war. Now they have added Iraq to thier list of wins. It hurts you I know, I hope you get over it.
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# Chad OSpear 2009-01-15 16:26
Enough is enough, Mike. Hit him where it hurts!
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# Christian Braham 2009-01-15 16:31
Yeah Mike, go after that vile SOB.
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# Heather SSG Allen 2009-01-15 16:48
I hate that it has to fall to you to make this idiot own up to being, well . . . an idiot, but, I am glad that someone finally has the opportunity to make him face some consequences to being . . . an idiot!

I love all of your dispatches, I can't go and do it anymore, you stay right in the middle of it and your honesty is refreshing. Thank you.
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# Jeff N 2009-01-15 17:11
Numerous websites have posted photos they didn't have authority to do. What happens? They pay, or they remove the photo and don't pay. In a few cases, litigation ensues, and the photographer or rights holder may recover a thousand bucks or so, usually paid by the website's Errors and Omission insurance policy.

The only thing noteworthy here is that a rightwing nutjob photographer sees a chance to go after a leftwing icon activist, and get cheers from the usual rightwing nutjobs.

Moore won't be involved personally in any little suit like this. A lawyer for his web company will reply, and at the most they'll end up having to send a check to the photographer, which is fine. But Moore won't even be involved. Yawn... What else is on Page Six this morning?
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# Figaro 2009-01-15 17:37
Smart move, Mr. Yon. Considering how much Moore is hated by the Right Wing you're legal bills are just about guaranteed paid. I don't suppose that figured in your decision to sue, did it?

I assume you realize that the outpouring of sympathy has nothing to do with you and everything to do with striking at Michael Moore?
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# Frank Gleeson 2009-01-15 20:01
Yon you are an opportunistic SOB! You are not interested in the truth! You know your law suit fees will be paid for by wackos on the right who also hate the truth!
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# Dolphie 2009-01-15 20:02
Hello Michael. Please do continue forward with the lawsuit. Moore is no better than anyone else - if the average person steals copyrighted material, they must pay the penalty. The fact that Moore stole the material, is using it out of context and he has refused to respect your request means he has no respect for artists, artwork or other talented people. If you need help with funds, please let us know of a way to contribute.
Thank you also for all you do with your blog.
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# Dennis Landry 2009-01-15 20:34
I'm amazed at the vitriol contained in the comments regarding the Micheal Moore lawsuit. I don't believe anyone who has read Micheal Yon's postings and book can come to the conclusion that he is a right wing nut. Having absorbed too much material to even list Mr. Yon is, in my opinion, as objective as you're going to get. For those who limit their intellectual exercises to name calling I understand..... ....it's been so long since you've been exposed to objectivity of any degree that you don't recognize it when it appears.
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# Little 2009-01-15 20:57
You filed a claim for $150,000 against the US Army over this photo in 2006. And now you say "I never sued anyone in my life"? Wow.

You are trying to get Right Wing sympathy and money by suing Moore. That photo is everywhere.


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# big daddy 2009-01-15 22:36
Maybe with this lawsuit he will move to Iran. Wouldn't that be good for America. Whatever happens I hope he never comes to Canada. We get all your rejects and this is a reject if there ever was one.
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# Eric T. 2009-01-15 23:50
Way to go... Somebody needs to take this asshole to the cleaners! Michael Moore has gotten rich off the American dream and turns and bites the hand that fed him! Does anyone think this guy looks like a Yorkshire Hog with a baseball hat on!.... LOL!
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# Eric T. 2009-01-15 23:53
Way to go... Somebody needs to take this asshole to the cleaners! Michael Moore has gotten rich off the American dream and turns and bites the hand that fed him! Does anyone think this guy looks like a Yorkshire Hog with a baseball hat on!.... LOL!
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# Eric T. 2009-01-15 23:54
Way to go... Somebody needs to take this asshole to the cleaners! Michael Moore has gotten rich off the American dream and turns and bites the hand that fed him! Does anyone think this guy looks like a Yorkshire Hog with a baseball hat on!.... LOL!
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# kaybe 2009-01-16 03:45
It is so funny to see the liberals defend Moore. Remember, it was the liberal musicians that got so upset that Republican party was using their songs during the election. This is Moore's tactic, to avoid the people who say that their words/pictures/ stories were misrepresented. The fact is that he took a picture and used it to his advantage and to make our soldiers and the Bush administration look bad. It is Moore's character that we question.

Another thing, the people on the right are viewed by the liberals as "neocons" and "right wingers" and they see themselves as activists. Remember, the left believes in freedom of speech as long as you believe what they believe. Otherwise they have these nifty little labels for you.
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# A. Zythos 2009-01-16 06:23
"The implication on Moore's Web site was that our soldiers were somehow responsible for that kid being wounded," Yon's lawyer, John Mason, told Page Six. "That is absolutely not true. She was the victim of an insurgent's car bomb."

If that guy is your lawyer and he did say that, he is a top asshole.
Who invaded that place and started it all, the Martians?
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# mcarroll 2009-01-16 07:28
come off of it K Watson! "the last time i checked, michael was a canadian"....wa wa wa. that's what you say, but then ass's like yourself will say anything to get around the facts. you would probably go to the mat saying that "last time i checked obama was born in hawaii".....how the hell do you know such things or does it just sound cool to say such stupid things. and then you act like the legal expert and say that because moore took down the photo, that he can't be sued. he used it ms. watson! that's illegal, and he's using it for all the wrong reasons...but then that doesn't matter to some stupid liberal half-brain dead woman as yourself now does it....better not rock the boat huh...., and mr yon isn't sueing mr moore over an apology...is he? you are a dumbass. people like you and noah have no integrity and refuse to stand up for what's right and then you knock others who try to do the right thing. shame on little candy-asses like you.
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# mcarroll 2009-01-16 07:34
hey zythos...are you serious? so your logic is...since we invaded, it's ok for insurgents to kill children ( which they do purposely ) with bombs, and behead them as well? now who's the real AHOLE here?
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# jcspring 2009-01-16 12:18
To save all the angst, sort out the problem and help lighten up the readers a bit, how about you challenge the Big Guy to a wrestle-off in Kandahar or some other exotic location?
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# Zeyne 2009-01-16 17:04
"I told one very important person recently about the possible upcoming lawsuit and he said something like, `Someone should drive a stake through that guyƒ??s heart.' "

Nice people you hang out with, Mr. Yon.
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# R Kool 2009-01-17 18:38
Dear Mr. Yon, Instead of proceeding with a lawsuit against Michael Moore, which would benefit the lawyers on both sides greatly, and give M. Moore much publicity, what would it hurt to let some more time pass and see what happens? Via your website, much info is being passed on to the public, and we thank you for that. Why not encourage the people to contact Mr. Moore with their opinions on the matter? With enough pressure, Moore will have to respond at some point, either to you directly or to those who have contacted him.
Since you are on a mission to tell the truth about our conflicts in the Middle East, and you convey to us that it's expensive and you would welcome contributions to help out, if you go ahead with this lawsuit you'll be spending lots of money that was given for the purpose of your mission. This money wasn't given with the idea of using it for retalitory litigation.
Please reconsider and rethink this lawsuit. Then cancel it.
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# Mark A. York 2009-01-23 03:06
I haven't seen the so-called infringing way Moore used the photo or know if he gave credit to you in the cutline. How it is interpreted on his Web site sounds like feeling more than thinking from facts. I know Bill O'Reilly mischaracterize d your status as an Official Army photographer. You aren't. But that's on FOX where they play fast and loose with the facts as a rule as long as it slants their way, against liberals.

Once you post the photo online, it's a fair use issue. All he has to do is give you credit for taking the photo.
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# Jerry Nash 2009-01-23 22:29
I'm going to paypal right now and contributing $50 for you lawsuit. Not only because you're right and you've got a case, but also to drive these Moore groupies posting on your blogs just a little more insane.
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# Catch 22 2009-01-25 01:36
So...when you get 20 million out of him, and you lawyer gets 10 million. And everybody the gave money gets their money back? no?
Well that is a great deal for you...
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# Roark 2009-02-15 17:04
Hmmmm.... lets go over Mr Moores resume:

Roger and Me: Call out General Motors for miss managing and eventually gutting the company of its very existence... um... anyone read a paper lately, only a 20 year warning

Bowling for Columbine: Thinks it's a bad thing for kids to bring guns to school... SO Controversial I mean what kind of wacko is this Michael Moore?

Fahrenheit 911: America goes into war under false pretenses.... hmmm... not much controversy there... WMDs? Anyone?

Sicko: Health Care system in America is Broken. The richest most miss managed health care system in the world, and no one can afford to go to the hospital

For all of these "Michael Moore Haters" out there. Maybe it's time to stop throwing rocks and actually watch one of his movies that you love to criticize, when it's so obvious you haven't seen one of them for yourself, you know, to form your own "EDUCATED" opinion. Instead of taking Bill O'Riellys bullshit, self serving, hypocritical word for it. Stop being sheep people. Moore's ability to increase the public's awareness is his best trait as a filmmaker, not his attempt to single handedly change the entire face of US and international business. It's funny how the guy who has OUR interests, is the guy who the Lemmings attack for pointing to the enemy and saying "Look at what is happening, there is a guy in a suit with his fist up your.... and all you have to say is... Put a stake in the heart of the guy who was trying to explain where this pain in my ass is coming from.
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# Wanderlust 2009-02-17 03:26
Roark, thought I'd weigh in on this one.

It's a known fact that Fatboy engages in creative editing, lies, and half-truths to push his wares. In my opinion, he's on the extreme end of Hollywood's "profit is greed, except for when we do it" meme.

Consider two instances.

In "Roger & Me", Moore did in fact interview Roger Smith, as part of this "documentary". However, actually interviewing Smith didn't fit the narrative, so the footage of Moore with Smith landed conveniently on the cutting room floor.

And in "Sicko", Moore (just as conveniently) omitted the little tidbit regarding the facilities he visited: those hospitals are only open for politicians and outsiders who can pay in US Dollars. If you peruse the Babalu Blog, you can see photos of "real" Cuban hospitals (where the locals go): the facilities are so run-down that they would have been condemned long ago if they had been located in any Western country. Roaches and other vermin are everywhere; windows are missing; and roofs and plumbing leak everywhere. There are so few doctors available that non-political citizens are hardly ever treated. Those who are treated must bring their own bed linens, clothing, and food. Moore aids and abets the castro regime by spreading the fiction that the "nice" facilities are available to everyone. They are not.

Moore, in my opinion, is nothing more than a bloviated whore for the political Left, and they scoop up every drop of his poison while he gets rich off of the misery of others.

As for Yon's pending lawsuit, Moore deserves it. He used copyrighted material from Yon's website repeatedly without permission, and Yon believes it violates the terms of "fair use". So it's Mike's right to defend his work. Moore can afford his own work, rather than poaching that of others...but then again, doing something for himself might be something of a novelty for Fatboy.
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# Fredrick.william 2009-12-15 01:08
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The filmmaker is being sued by a war veteran who claims that Moore used an interview he gave to NBC News out of context and portrayed his as anti-war, E! Online reports.



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