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Moore interviewed Berg for "Fahrenheit" [index to thread at reply #1859]
Salon.com ^ | May 27, 2004 | Rebecca Traister

Posted on 05/27/2004 9:26:51 PM PDT by Rennes Templar

May 27, 2004 | Filmmaker Michael Moore filmed an interview with American Nicholas Berg in the course of producing his documentary film "Fahrenheit 9/11" before Berg left for Iraq, where he was taken hostage and killed, Moore confirmed to Salon in a statement Thursday. The 20 minutes of footage does not appear in the final version of "Fahrenheit 911," according to the statement.

Word of the footage reached Salon through a source unaffiliated with Moore or his film "Fahrenheit 9/11," which is reported to feature stark images of U.S. civilians and soldiers grappling with conditions in war-torn Iraq, as well as examining the relationship between President George W. Bush and the bin Laden family. It received the Palme d'Or, the Cannes Film Festival's highest honor, on Saturday.

In a statement widely circulated by Moore's people after an initial request for comment by Salon, Moore said, "We have an interview with Nick Berg. It was approximately 20 minutes long. We are not releasing it to the media. It is not in the film. We are dealing privately with the family." Moore's camp declined to comment further on any aspect of the interview. Because the footage is not in the film, a spokeswoman for Miramax Films, the production company behind "Fahrenheit 9/11," said the company had no comment.

It was not clear from Moore's statement whether footage from the interview with Berg had ever been included in early cuts of "Fahrenheit 9/11." Reports about a film industry controversy surrounding distribution of the film first hit the news on May 5, a week before Berg's death. The film officially screened for the public and the press for the first time during the Cannes festival on May 17.

The news that Moore spoke to Berg while he was still in the United States only adds to the mystery surrounding the young man's presence in Iraq and tragic death. The interview was shot before the 26-year-old Berg left for Iraq late last year as a private contractor in the hopes of helping to rebuild the ravaged country. Though it was unclear what Berg spoke about in his interview with Moore, or how the two men met, unrelated reports following his death indicate that he headed for the Middle East with plans to work to improve the country's technological infrastructure and communication abilities. He ran his own company, Prometheus Methods Tower Service, in a suburb of Philadelphia.

Berg did not find employment in Iraq, and when he attempted to return to the United States he was detained by Iraqi police and questioned by American forces. He was released after his family complained. But shortly after, he is believed to have been kidnapped by Islamic terrorists. Video of his beheading was released on an Islamist Web site on May 11. Salon was unable to reach the Berg family for comment before publication.

Moore's film chronicles the United States' military, political and business involvement in the Middle East in the years before and after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. His previous politically charged films, including "Roger & Me" and "Bowling for Columbine," have created controversy and won him praise (including an Oscar, for "Columbine"). "Fahrenheit 9/11" has already sparked a media storm; in early May, Miramax's parent company, Disney, announced that it would not allow Miramax to distribute the film, which is highly critical of Bush and his administration.

Miramax has yet to make a deal with a distributor, though the film's warm reception at Cannes and the publicity surrounding the film have made it a hot property that is generating a lot of interest in Hollywood. "Bowling for Columbine" grossed $21 million, making it the highest-grossing non-IMAX documentary of all time.

A source close to "Fahrenheit 9/11" said that a new distributor will be announced shortly, and that the film is expected to be released in theaters during the first week of July, as originally planned.


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This is beyond bizarre. We're getting into Alfred Hitchcock territory here. The question is, what did Moore know,(about Berg) and when did he know it? Haven't seen this anywhere else, surprise.
1 posted on 05/27/2004 9:26:52 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar
Me thinks Hairy Fatboy has some splainin to do??? Was Nick a Moore plant????

Pray for W and Our Awesome Troops

2 posted on 05/27/2004 9:29:38 PM PDT by bray (Hey Yaaaawn, what if you had to answer hostile questions???)
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To: Rennes Templar

Hmm...

Well one can se fairly sure that the interview with Nick Berg isn't something Moore thinks he can use to push his agenda or it would be in the film.


3 posted on 05/27/2004 9:32:35 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: Rennes Templar

That is very strange. It would be interesting for that bit of video to make it to the press.


4 posted on 05/27/2004 9:33:35 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: Rennes Templar

You said it. Nick Berg is starting to look like a character in an Oliver Stone conspiracy film. It becomes stranger very week.


5 posted on 05/27/2004 9:33:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Communism failed because people like to own stuff.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Nick Berg was there to film Zarqari for Michael Moore.


6 posted on 05/27/2004 9:33:47 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: swilhelm73

My gut reaction agrees.


7 posted on 05/27/2004 9:34:24 PM PDT by Bogey78O (I voted for this tagline... before I voted against it.)
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To: Rennes Templar
Word of the footage reached Salon through a source unaffiliated with Moore or his film "Fahrenheit 9/11,"

Who else would know besides Moore-linked sources? I can only think of one answer: Berg's own family.

8 posted on 05/27/2004 9:36:37 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: Bogey78O

That 20 minutes of film would certainly be wanted as evidence, wouldn't you think, in the investigation of his death?


9 posted on 05/27/2004 9:40:57 PM PDT by AuntB (Lawschools are Americas Madrassas (aculeus))
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To: Rennes Templar

The FBI needs to get a subpoena for this film immediately, before Michael Moore burns it.


10 posted on 05/27/2004 9:41:03 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: Rennes Templar

scenerio..... Moore said... hey go to iraq dig up dirt... Berg gets whacked and Moore gets all the fame at Cannes and doesnt say one thing.... almost perfect


11 posted on 05/27/2004 9:41:45 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Army Air Corps

Does anyone have the time to give me a brief summary of the Nick Berg curiosities?


12 posted on 05/27/2004 9:43:48 PM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero - something's gonna happen..)
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To: L.N. Smithee

Exactly. So what is their motive to leak it to the press? Do they want to find out what Moore knew because he's not talking?


13 posted on 05/27/2004 9:44:10 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Army Air Corps

Never mind. I found a good summary link!


14 posted on 05/27/2004 9:46:03 PM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero - something's gonna happen..)
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To: Rennes Templar; All

Well this being Mike Moore and Salon.com we have to consider another angle here...

This could all be BS designed to create more buzz for Moore's film.

I wouldn't put it past Moore or Salon to lie flat out.


15 posted on 05/27/2004 9:46:37 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: Rennes Templar

This is like "6 degrees to Nick Berg". This 26 yr. old sure got around.


16 posted on 05/27/2004 9:46:43 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: AuntB

I would definitely think so. I think Moore may be starting to sweat bullets.


17 posted on 05/27/2004 9:46:44 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

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Now, just why ..again.. was BERG targeted by Al Qaeda for a sawed off head in Iraq..?

.


18 posted on 05/27/2004 9:47:07 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: GummyIII; Humidston; Howlin
PING!

Howlin, thought you might want to ping your ping list perhaps?

19 posted on 05/27/2004 9:47:46 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: bray

Makes ya wonder..I mean after all...the father kept saying that he was sure that his son's captors grew to respect him..or something to that effect.


20 posted on 05/27/2004 9:49:02 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: xzins; Salem; Happy2BMe; Jeff Head; Travis McGee

It just keeps getting more weird!


21 posted on 05/27/2004 9:50:21 PM PDT by TrueBeliever9 (Life is uncertain. Ride your best horse first. Unknown)
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To: Rennes Templar

If FatAss is not making his Berg interview public, it is most certainly because Nick Berg (jr) said positive things about Operation Iraqi Freedom and President Bush. Nick Berg (jr) was a known supporter Bush and his actions


22 posted on 05/27/2004 9:51:35 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (LWS - Legislating While Stupid. Someone should make this illegal.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Why not move Hollyweird to Canada. They do all their movies there anyway. Or New Zealand. Somewere other then here.


23 posted on 05/27/2004 9:52:14 PM PDT by Brimack34 (The media hates America. Hate them back)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

24 posted on 05/27/2004 9:52:26 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John Fin al-Qerry)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Good question. Now all sorts of theories start to loom.


25 posted on 05/27/2004 9:53:16 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: swilhelm73

As they say in hip-hop lingo: true dat. MM and Salon are not above shameless pimping of horrible events for their own aggrandisement.


26 posted on 05/27/2004 9:54:09 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Communism failed because people like to own stuff.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Yeah, this is getting really thick.


27 posted on 05/27/2004 9:54:43 PM PDT by TheOldRepublic
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To: HAL9000

Wasn't there an article or post around here in the last few weeks where Moore claimed he had a spy in Iraq?


28 posted on 05/27/2004 9:54:53 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Rennes Templar; Trinity_Tx

You can bet that Nick came across as a patriotic and altruistic American in the 20 minutes which Moore didn't find any need to include in F911.


29 posted on 05/27/2004 9:55:36 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Rennes Templar

So did Moore film the beheading of Nick Berg?


30 posted on 05/27/2004 9:55:46 PM PDT by AIBC (Bring in the tanks!)
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To: nutmeg; doug from upland; 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; ...

Okay, I'm OFFICIALLY on board this conspiracy train!


31 posted on 05/27/2004 9:56:07 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Rennes Templar
"They" already know, if by "they" you mean the media and the government.

The only people genetically proven as unable to keep secret a juicy secret, are elected politicians and the sleaze contingent of the media.

Michael Moore definitely qualifies as sleaze media.
32 posted on 05/27/2004 9:56:20 PM PDT by sarasmom (Sometimes, I wish liberals had beliefs, so I could desecrate them. (spok))
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To: Jeff Gordon

The article says the interview does not appear in the final cut of the movie, so it was in earlier cuts? If Berg was a Bush supporter, why would Moore interview him at all?


33 posted on 05/27/2004 9:56:48 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Mr. Mojo

This is just too weird. I hope the FBI or someone will investigate. I think Berg was involved in something that we don't know about, and ANYTHING that Moore is involved in is suspicious, as far as I'm concerned.


34 posted on 05/27/2004 9:57:25 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore, I am perfect.)
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To: Travis McGee
F911

That is exactly what the Blivet is saying with his film.
35 posted on 05/27/2004 9:57:46 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Communism failed because people like to own stuff.)
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To: BurbankKarl

Bingo!


36 posted on 05/27/2004 9:58:19 PM PDT by spyone
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To: Rennes Templar

I'm confused; earlier today, I thought the article meant that Moore had gotten "footage" that was from AQ that was not shown in the beheading film.

Am I wrong?


37 posted on 05/27/2004 9:58:37 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: BurbankKarl

I have not heard of NB ever carrying a video camera.


38 posted on 05/27/2004 10:00:22 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Rennes Templar
This is beyond bizarre.

Amem to that
39 posted on 05/27/2004 10:00:37 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Rennes Templar

I agree. This is one of the strangest pieces of information to come out about the mysterious Mr Berg.
The very fact that Moore spoke to him at all is very fishy if he was just a contractor going to Itaq for work.


40 posted on 05/27/2004 10:00:52 PM PDT by Mears
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To: AntiGuv

Share?


41 posted on 05/27/2004 10:01:49 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Rennes Templar

They ought to quit calling Moore's fantasies 'documentary'.

It's fiction like most of the stuff out of hollywood.


42 posted on 05/27/2004 10:04:01 PM PDT by WOSG (Peace through Victory! Iraq victory, W victory, American victory!)
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To: Mears

someone needs to call George Noory


43 posted on 05/27/2004 10:04:14 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Howlin

There are more passengers on that same train on:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1143391/posts
welcome aboard!


44 posted on 05/27/2004 10:04:33 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (The distance from Australia to the USA is shrinking.)
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To: Rennes Templar

He sweats buckets just by climbing out of bed each morning.


45 posted on 05/27/2004 10:06:03 PM PDT by Bogey78O (I voted for this tagline... before I voted against it.)
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To: Howlin
It's from the New York Times: Tracing a Civilian's Path to Gruesome Fate in Iraq.
46 posted on 05/27/2004 10:08:44 PM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero - something's gonna happen..)
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To: AntiGuv; Fred Nerks

Thank you! I'm catching up from earlier today.

But I am POSITIVE that I read on this forum in the last week or so that Michael Moore had claimed to have a "spy" in Iraq because I remember posting that I hoped it was so and this piece of crap finally got busted.


47 posted on 05/27/2004 10:11:15 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Rennes Templar
I would definitely think so. I think Moore may be starting to sweat bullets.

I don't think he sweats bullets, I think he sweats gravy.

48 posted on 05/27/2004 10:11:22 PM PDT by guitar Josh
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To: Rennes Templar; Howlin

Yes, indeed... this gets stranger by the minute.


49 posted on 05/27/2004 10:12:26 PM PDT by Tamzee (Kerry's just a gigolo, and everywhere he goes, people know the part he's playing...)
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To: Rennes Templar

We really should have a vote on FR to not give any more credence to that fat fing treasonous pig or France. Frankly, they both disgust me and both topics are becoming quite boring. Why waste your energy on lost causes?


50 posted on 05/27/2004 10:12:55 PM PDT by Wolfhound777 (It's not our job to forgive them. Only God can do that. Our job is to arrange the meeting)
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