Political author Gore Vidal has been accused of being the mastermind behind
Michael Moore's anti-war OSCAR acceptance speech.
Moore was met with a chorus of cheers and boos when he took the stage at
Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre last month (23MAR03) to collect the Best Documentary
ACADEMY AWARD for Bowling For Columbine and delivered a speech denouncing US
George W Bush and the war in Iraq.
He told the star-studded crowd, "We live in a fictitious time. We live in
a time where we have a fictitious President conducting a war for fictitious
reasons. We are against this war Mr Bush. Shame on you."
Now sources in America are questioning if Moore wrote the speech
Historian and political commentator Vidal - a cousin of former Democrat
Presidential candidate AL GORE - has his own anti-bush book DREAMING WAR: BLOOD
FOR OIL AND THE CHENEY-BUSH JUNTA, recently released.
But the 77-year-old insists he had no part in Moore's powerful message;
"I'm flattered. No, I didn't have anything to do with his speech although I did
see him recently.
"Some of us, a group of like-minded souls, got together just to discuss
informally who we might back to be president in the next election. We want a
leader who won't lie to us. Mr. Bush is a 'come to Jesus' kind of fellow who
believes he is
doing God's work. And it explains why Tony Blair has gone along with him. He,
too, is a crypto Roman Catholic and a secret Jesus lover. Together they are