RE: Is Michael Moore smart?
Michael Moore is a propagandist, and as such, uses a variety of filmic devices to alter reality to conform with his political agenda, which is anti-Capitalist and anti-America. For example, in "Bowling for Colombine", he took two different speeches by Charleton Heston that occured on two different days in two different locations, and edited them together to make it appear that Mr. Heston said something that he did not, in fact say. This is but one small example of how Mr. Moore alters the truth to suit his agenda. Most of his fans do not know or care to know how these films are assembled; they are "true believers" who have made Moore rich.
In his personal life, Mr. Moore is a consumate hypocrit. He does not hire union members to work for him; he treats his staff poorly and pays them as little as possible. He is boorish and abusive to those who he considers "beneath" him, such as restaurant and airline workers, and employees of companies that hire him to make speeches. And, he invests his millions heavily and often successfully in the very same companies and industries he disparages in his films. He is the worst kind of capitalist.
In short, he has made millions from the capitalist system which he denounces in his current film, and in one way or another, in all of his films. Like many leftists, he takes advantage of our freedoms and the opportunities that capitalism affords to make big bucks off the system while denouncing it. Since he is an extreme leftist, and his films push an extreme left-wing agenda, there's no news here as far as the mainstream media are concerned. Just good, wholesome, America-hating, anti-Capitalist propaganda.