Via Newsbusters, I wonder if this is a simple case of him lying or if class demagoguery has now reached the point where the “heroes” honestly don’t know who the “villains” are. My sense is that the OWS crowd thinks the top one percent consists of the Forbes 400 plus anyone who works in finance in any capacity above the secretarial level. That is to say, “one percent” isn’t to be taken literally as a metric; it’s just a catch-all term for “rich people we don’t like.” By that standard, of course Moore’s not one of them. He’s the guy who goes around describing the Forbes 400 as “400 little Mubaraks,” remember?
But maybe I’m wrong and they really are using “one percent” as a metric. In that case, as of 2009, the top one percent included everyone with an adjusted gross income of $343,947 (and relatively few of them are bankers). In fact, a few weeks ago, none other than Chuck Schumer insisted that “many” households that make $250-300,000 a year can’t really be considered rich because of the cost of living in their city. If that’s the standard, then — well, let’s let Moore tell it himself. Here he is in an interview alllll the way back in early 2002:
“I’m a millionaire, I’m a multi-millionaire. I’m filthy rich. You know why I’m a multi-millionaire? ‘Cause multi-millions like what I do. That’s pretty good, isn’t it? There’s millions that believe in what I do. Pretty cool, huh?”
That was the same year as “Bowling for Columbine” and two years before his big success with “Fahrenheit 9/11,” so however many multi-millions he had banked at the time, he’s got more now — and that’s not counting the millions he claims he’s owed but hasn’t received. Unless, of course, he’s since divested himself of his fortune by donating it to the Treasury Department. They make a few million each year with their gift program. Maybe it’s all him.