Michael Moore on Guns and Incarceration at Leonard Peltier Benefit
On December 14, the Beacon Theater in New York City hosted a benefit called "Bring Leonard Peltier Home in 2012." It was, to some extent, an appeal to President Obama to grant Peltier a pardon, and celebrities including Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, Common, and Mos Def sought to use their influence to get the President's attention.
Documentarian Michael Moore was also among those addressing the crowd. His remarks were wide-ranging, influenced heavily by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut (which had happened earlier that day) and the Central Park Five (subject of a new Ken Burns documentary) but also covering health insurance, corporate greed, the so-called War on Drugs, and the more conventional wars fought around the world under the banner of the American flag.
Moore also discussed Leonard Peltier. But as witnessed by our reporter, some in the audience felt the balance was off, and that Moore seemed to care less about Peltier than about general liberal causes.
Here's a clip of Moore's address in its entirety -- was he out of line, or was he on target? Judge for yourself: