Michael Moore Won’t Return to Madison Square Garden
Moore Won’t Return to Madison Square Garden (Editor and Publisher)
Following all the commotion last night, Michael Moore will not be returning to Madison Square Garden for the Republican National Convention, E&P has learned. According to editors at USA Today, which is publishing his daily column this week, Moore told them that he was choosing not to return again. However, they said he would continue to write his daily column and they stressed that in no way did they second-guess their decision to have him write the commentary.
Last month, Ann Coulter, who had been hired by USA Today to write a column at the Democratic National Convention, quit after the editors requested many changes in her first submission. [Interesting spin. -ed.]
After entering the Garden Monday night with USA Today credentials, Moore was criticized by Sen. John McCain in his speech, setting off prolonged boos and taunts in the arena. “We had hoped we would be able to put Moore in place where he could actually listen to speeches and not disrupt anything,” Ken Paulson, USA Today editor, told E&P today. “The idea was not to put him in the line of sight while giving him the opportunity to observe. Now Moore doesn’t plan to return to the convention. I think he saw the down side of his attending. We will have the four days of his column and I hope people will take time to read what he wrote.
It’s probably best for all concerned that Moore not be part of the story he’s supposedly “covering.” Still, the reaction to his presence was hardly unpredictable.