Has it really come to this? Is MSNBC so in the tank for the Democratic Party that it takes far-left documentary filmmaker Michael Moore to bring up malfeasance by a leading Democrat?
Moore appeared on MSNBCâ€™s Sept. 29 â€śHardballâ€ť to promote his new film â€śCapitalism: A Love Story.â€ť With exception of â€śThe Ed Showâ€ť fill-in host Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell noting the Senate Ethics Committee had cleared Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., of wrongdoing and only reprimanded him verbally, over the last couple of months, MSNBCâ€™s prime time shows have ignored a deal Dodd got on a mortgage with Countrywide. That is, until Moore brought it up.
â€śChris Dodd may have a problem after being in this movie, I think,â€ť Matthews said.
However, as Moore explained, he was already in trouble to begin with.
â€śWell, he already has a problem,â€ť Moore explained. â€śThe Democratic Party needs to tell him, you canâ€™t run for reelection. Weâ€™re going to lose this seat because of what youâ€™ve done.â€ť
Moore first pointed out Dodd, as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, had added a provision to the TARP bailout that allowed executives of AIG and other bailed out entities to pay out bonuses. When Matthews pointed out that Dodd did so at the behest of the Treasury Department, Moore insisted it was ultimately up to Dodd.
â€śThis guy is the head of the Senate Banking Committee â€“ who tells him what to do?â€ť Moore said. â€śHeâ€™s supposed to be representing the people. And he made the decision to do that.â€ť
Moore told Matthews he got the goods on Dodd through a â€śwhistle-blower.â€ť
â€śBut, in the film, I have a whistle-blower, a guy who worked for Countrywide who personally helped, uh, Chris Dodd get these loans in an expedited fashion,â€ť Moore said.
It was called the â€śFriend of Angeloâ€ť program. â€śAngeloâ€ť referred to Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo. Under the program, certain people got VIP treatment. Moore said it was no coincidence the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee was getting this sweetheart deal.
â€śHeâ€™s [Mozilo] the head of the company,â€ť Moore said â€śAnd â€“ and the head of the Banking Committee, Senator Dodd, is suddenly a friend of Angelo?â€ť
Moore explained he used his Web site to recruit this whistle-blower. He also made the astute observation â€“ this was a scandal largely ignored by the media.
â€śI put a call out on my Web site to people who work on Wall Street or in the banks,â€ť Moore said. â€śHereâ€™s your chance to come clean and tell the American people, uh, the real stories of what had happened. And thatâ€™s what you see in this film. You are going to see things and hear things you have not heard on the evening news.â€ť
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