October 13, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Michael Moore is back!

Love him or hate him, the controversial
filmmaker sounds off on the Tea Party
movement, and what it will mean for the GOP,
the economy, Christine O’Donnell and much more.
And, why he’s getting tough on the Democrats!


The latest on the Chilean miners’ rescue.
Live reports throughout the hour as the
amazing stories of survival continue.

Send your questions for Michael Moore below!

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Renee   October 13th, 2010 8:05 pm ET

During the first 30 minutes of the debate I feel as though O'Donnell wants to bring America back to the old Republican ways...the failed Republican ways. Her lack of experience shows within her opening and I feel she practices great memorization. Coons is way too quick for her. O'Donnell is on the attack. I WOULD TAKE HER MORE SERIOUSLY IF SHE LIED BETTER!

chakameh   October 13th, 2010 8:53 pm ET

He is great, I love the way that he thinks and his different look...

Judy De Atley   October 13th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

How does Michael feel about being compared to Carl Sandburg by Sandburg's son?

Daniel   October 13th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Mr. Moore,

what are your thoughts on Dr. Ron Paul? Do you feel that his stance on healthcare, his foreign policy, and views on government spending etc is line with your's?

Susan   October 13th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

My question for Michael Moore is: Knowing how BP and our government agencies have lied about everything with the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, why haven't you come to the aid of the poor people in the Gulf? If ever there was a time to take on corporations and the government, this would be it. And, I'm a Democrat!

Sarah   October 13th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

What do you feel has been your impact on the world?

Sarah, 15

Billy Westom   October 13th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Hi Michael. Do you believe Carl Paladino's gay bashing remarks are isolated or do they represent more of a consensus of the growing conservative viewpoint?

Mark Orth   October 13th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

I hear many democrats talking about voting against tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas. Is that REALLY the best we can do? In this economy why is no one suggesting tariffs against, at least, US companies that move manufacturing out of country? How else can we compete against countries with the populations of China and India? Why is this not considered "patriotism"?

Katie Barnes   October 13th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

What is the greatest threat to our nation today?

Judy De Atley   October 13th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Sorry...I meant John Steinbeck!

Justin   October 13th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Mr. Moore Do u think America will ever remember this is a country of liberty pursuit of happiness and upmost of all a country of immigrants.

Sarah   October 13th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

The fact that you can stand up and tell your country everything that is wrong with it I find that amazing. Would you compare the United States of America to a teenager?

Samuel   October 13th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

What is your opinion of the American Obesity epidemic and how it drastically raises health care costs?

Justin Ehler (pronounced E-ler)   October 13th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

A question for Michael Moore,
Are you planning any new documentaries soon, and if so, what would the topics be? Are their any documentaries on the topic of World Government / New World Order in the works?

Robert Frawley   October 13th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Michael Moore, People Listen To You!

After the ordeal that these Chilean Miners have gone through, would'nt you agree that in the future of underground mining exploration, that surface to underground safety areas should be drilled before they actually start mining? In this way I believe it would shape a proactive approach to mining safety for a very minimal cost in the event of any disaster and the worst possible outcome would be that they would never have to be used! What Do you think?

Steven Davis (Alpena,Michigan)   October 13th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

I'm a fellow michigander who recently attended a polictical debate here in northern michigan and one of the suggestions that was talked about was creating a cruise line within the waters of the Great Lakes, creating tourism in the poor economy.What is your take on this idea?

SJSU Lecturer   October 13th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Michael Moore will be receiving the John Steinbeck award, which he deserves, but I wonder how he can accept the award on a California State University campus whose president has signed an "executive order" limiting access and equity to students who come from families that have not had access to to higher education before?
Receiving this award at a college that is literally closing the doors on students and laying off hundreds of people, which results in a loss of health care seems to contradict everything that Michael fights for.
I highly respect Michael Moore, and I will front and center tomorrow night as he receives his award, but I am one of the hundreds of lecturers throughout the state who will be laid off and losing my health insurance. As you receive your award, will you accept my resume and give me a job with health beneftis?

Karen Stevens   October 13th, 2010 9:14 pm ET


What is it going to take to wake Americans up to the fact that corporations and the wealthiest 2% of our nation are controlling our financial and political systems for their own benefit as proven by the increased transfer of wealth into the hands of the wealthiest people in our nation?


connie jett   October 13th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Dear Michael Moore; have seen all of your documenteries and am very impressed with your work and informing the public on so many important issures. I am a Michigander from Wyandotte and have been trying to find your address to send you a special book on "Booze, Boats & Bad Times; recalling Wyandotte's dark days of probition. I know that it would make a a great movie ; stills, raids & river crime. Please send me your address (Flint or Traverse City) ; so I can send this book to you; Regards Connie Jett

Gaye   October 13th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Question for Michael Moore:

I am a fan of your films, but every time I leave the theater after seeing one of them, I get the feeling you're preaching to the choir. I feel the people who really need to see your movies refuse to see them. Have you considered ways you might make your work more accessible to other audiences?


Kristy Brake   October 13th, 2010 9:14 pm ET


I am a member of the LDS church and did not go see you movie about prop 8 because in the previews you mentioned that the pro-prop 8 funding came mostly from my church. My question to you. Where/who did the funding for the anti-prop 8 campaign come from and did you cover that in the movie?

Madeleine   October 13th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Why aren't we aloud to know what is contained in 'area 51', I thought the United States of America was a free country?

Vinnett   October 13th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Please remind Mr. Moore that it was the American Drills and workers that got to the please give credit to his country for a change.

Diane   October 13th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Michael, did you know the Chilean miners rescue was planned and executed by people from the United States?

Stephen Detwiler   October 13th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

How do you explain what seems to be an almost wanton desire by those on the right and the TEA Party folks to dumb-down the debate on nearly
every issue in America?
Is it sustainable?

Jennifer   October 13th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Let's stick to the real story - the miners and enjoy their victory and not focus on ANYTHING else at this time in respect to them.

esther mcguire   October 13th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Tell Michael Moore that an American company based in Houston provided the drill and expertise in getting the miners out earlier than expected!!!!!

BillB in St Pete   October 13th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Mike, thanks for all your work over the years.

For this November, what do you say to liberals & progressives around the country that will help them overcome their disappointment, misgivings and doubts about this moderate Democratic President, and get them to support him?

Pete P   October 13th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Good Lord.. Does Michael Moore have to take every opportunity to bash the US Gov't and turn things into a political forum. If he believes that the Chilean gov't is so superior then he should move to that country or any other country in which he believes that the healthcare coverage is better and "free".. My mother always told me that nothing is free, but I guess Michael's mother never told him that.... anyway, In some instances, I like what he represents and how he tries to uncover the craziness, but at other times he seems overbearing.

Dodie   October 13th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

What a wonderful site to see all the minors saved and how they coped with such a horrific conditions. I certainly hope they are paid for the entire time they were almost a mile in the earth. What an achievement! I certainly hope the psychological effects will diminish in time.

We need to also look at ourselves, not just BP and their lies. Why did we continue to believe a company that continued lying to the American public. Not only that, do you realize that China's oil spill was just as bad as the Golf of Mexico and they cleaned it up in days. Yes, our oil continued to spill over time; however, we had huge tankers in Saudi waiting to sift out the oil from the water in million gallons of water. Why did we not use them??

Jan Miraglia   October 13th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Michael, I have never heard any journalist or commentator talk about changing our import laws. If there was a substancial tax placed on imported products I think that we would see businesses want to increase production or open new companies which to lead to more jobs. Businesses are hoarding their money and will not re-invest until they see an increase in demand for their products. The government only talks about a need for consumer spending. People will only spend money when the 10.6% unemployment is reduced. Your thoughts?

Travis Mann   October 13th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Michael, you said the US should be able to do what Chile did, well, we did, the drill came from an American company in Pennsylvania and was operated by an American crew. Haven't you been watching the coverage? You love to pass on disinformation about our country. Why don't you take some pride in our accomplishments instead of only looking for our failures? Even the Chilean ambassador stated that the US drill had been plan B but became the main rescue plan when they discovered that the AMERICAN drill was superior to their Plan A. Did you miss that?

bobby   October 13th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

my comment is
we are weeks away from another election and thing's are crazy and i was feeling bad about the voting and then last nite i saw the rescue start of the miners and i thought to my self wow they never gave up hope and they didn't stop and i felt what the hell am i feeling like this for so im going to vote and im a dem, so i have to beliave we can do this....

Gordon Soderberg   October 13th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Michael, Just days after hurricane Katrina you sent your web team to New Orleans They did a great job of helping to organize relief efforts and your website posts helped to raise over $500,000 dollars to fund a free clinic and sup[port several grass roots relief efforts when the government seamed to be asleep at the helm. Your website inspired thousands of volunteers to come and help. One of your web team members shot a great deal of video. Will you ever do anything with it?

jody brackman   October 13th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Michael, why are you appearing for the last time. You have done a world of good in a world gone crazy. Your points are on the money, and why the money doesn't FOLLOW IN A BIG WAY MAKES NO SENSE. let me help you get a serious backing of billionaires who will build high speed rail

Verna Weeks   October 13th, 2010 9:26 pm ET


Don't you think it is an amazing treat and lesson to mankind of the rescue of the miners in Chile?

I would value your expert opinion on a group of people who come together in the human interest of saving 33 hard working people from the dark depths of this earth, where they travel every day to support themselves and their families.

Awesome WTG Chile! The whole world should learn from your values!

Rob   October 13th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

After 24 hours of coverage on this spectacular rescue, Mr. Moore has just lowered the moment by such negativity I just heard moments ago.

Take the rest of the night off Mr. Moore.

Michele Leach-Jinadu   October 13th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Will you attend the rally/ anti tea party event in Washinton D.C. at the end of this month?
Do you think this will be effective to "wake" up the American public/Democratic party? I always feel your movies...are a great "wake up" call......thank you for speaking the words that people need to hear and "showing" them with film that needs to be seen.

Larry   October 13th, 2010 9:30 pm ET


As you know, upon the Republican take-over of the White House post Clinton, they were left with a balanced budget (a surplus actually), a healthy economy, no debt, low unemployment, etc. Some eight years later, the entire world is in financial shambles (primarily due to US policies), double-digit unemployment, can you say "$5/gal gas?", two wars, a crumbling housing market, world dissention, etc.

Assuming you agree, here are my questions: Do you feel that the democrats failed to remind the voters how we really got into this position as a nation?

And, do you feel that the American voters have short memories that they need to be reminded?

And mostly, do you feel that most Americans understand that fixing a problem in 18 months (as long as it took for public opinion to wain), that took 96 months to create is nearly impossible?

How and why have the dems allowed the republcans to pin the national debt on them?

Taylor   October 13th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

I find it amazing that we would be bringing out someone who infuriates half of America MINUTES after something as joyous as rescuing 33 people who have been missing for nearly 70 days. Not the time OR the place, but I am sure Michael will have some input on how this was America's doing. Michael Moore could not possibly add to this, only detract from it.

bart   October 13th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

rethuglicans are greedy fascists – they will steal the upcoming election with the aid of their vile corrupted mainstream media

how long ago was it that we the people owned the public airwaves ?

steve przystas   October 13th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Michael Would you ever consider running for public office? We NEED people such as you in Congress instead of the self serving crooks that are ruining this great country with the added influence of the tea baggers...who don't even know which side their breadf is buttered,

janet   October 13th, 2010 9:33 pm ET


33 miners were just rescued and you have to bash the US on why we can't do anything. The US helped get the miners out! NASA designed the capsule, and Jeff Hart and Matt Staffel were instructed by their employer, Layne Christensen Co. of Mission Woods, Kan., to drop what they were doing in Afghanistan and head to Chile for a rescue mission. The drillers worked for 33 days straight before they were able to bore down to the trapped men on Saturday. We do have good people in the US! There is so much you could have talked about after the final miner was rescued. This is a joyous moment for the world, but all you can see is the US as bad. You have the freedom to speak and film your opinions. There are a lot of places in the world that this would not be allowed. Tell me what country is better than the USA.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   October 13th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Please tell him to stop cutting America down if Michael Moor dosnt like America then maybe he should move to another country .

Pete   October 13th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Esther McGuire.. Great point, but I guess Michael does not see that.. he only wants to find ways to poke at the US vs. stating the facts...

David Sweet   October 13th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Hi Mr. Moore, I wanted to know what you think of Dr. Ron Paul's views on the free market, as well as private healthcare? Please, respond, people are watching!

helen   October 13th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

This is not a night to have Michael Moore. A nation is grateful for the miners. Don't let Moore spoil it with his comments.

BillB in St Pete   October 13th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

FYI, Mike & Larry, based on what I saw earlier today on CNBC, the equipment used to cut through the hard rock was American mining company in Chile.

Also, they were mining copper down there, not coal, so the damage is from silica not coal dust.

Stan B.   October 13th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

I am astonished that on a night of such inspiration Larry would have Michael Moore on to denigrate our country. Couldn't we have at least one night to celebrate the human spirit.

Carla   October 13th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Thank GOD for his blessing our brothers in the mine. STOP AMERICA!!!!!! Who cares how they got out! Just Thank GOD for once!

Lisa   October 13th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Just lost me. We finally have a positive uplifting story and Michael Moore uses it as an occasion to once again bash our great country.

Lauretta Prestera   October 13th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I am thrilled the miners have been rescued but must say that Chile is not as perfect as Michael Moore & others are discussing. They have over 250,000 street dogs in the city of Santiago with a population of 7 million people. This is amongst the worst statistic in the world. For the most part, they don't believe in spaying/neutering which is criminal. They tout themselves as one of the most progressive countries in the Americas but there is this dirty little secret.

Susan   October 13th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

My question to both Michael Moore and Larry King is- my military son is on his way home from Iraq today, he has been serving there for the past 6 months. Will there be this type of welcome home for him when he arrives in the U. S. on Firday?

Beverly Berkin   October 13th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Congratualtions on your award. Well deserved.
Now will you run for public office and help this country get some sense of sanity? most celebrities find their cause but few go on to serve in public office except for the infamous Ronald Reagen.
Time to walk your talk other than films. Will you comsider running for office in Michigan?


mike   October 13th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Auto workers here in michigan are protesting the UAW at the solidarity house on sat, oct 16. The uaw has has sold out their own members...any comments, and will you join us at this rally?

USoares   October 13th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Michael Moore is brilliant, but he should get his self better informed. His comment about the health system in Chile is wrong!
The health system there has nothing of Universal Health Care being on of the most expensive in Latin America. It is controlled by the private companies and excludes the poor population. It´s clear that the health system in America is not working, but I don´t think Chile is the best standard to be compared to.

Wilene Rushing   October 13th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Michael Moore said the Chile mine is a coal mine but it is a copper and gold mine.

BillB in St Pete   October 13th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

FYI, Mike & Larry, based on what I saw earlier today on CNBC and CNN, the equipment used to cut through the hard rock was from an American mining company, Center Rock, Inc., working in northern Chile.

Also, they were mining copper down there, not coal, so the damage is from silica not coal dust.

Amanda   October 13th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Usually I love Michael Moore but get him off tonight! what a downer on such a cool night!!!

chris m grejtak   October 13th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

I truly appreciate the coverage on the Chiean mining incident, however, the fact that the President of Chile failed to recognize ANY of the efforts of US citizens and organizations is truly disturbing. Our engineers dug the tunnel, our engineers designed and built the "capsule", our scientists/nuitriuionists designed the diet – so where was the thenks to the people of the US. Give me a break. We as a country get blasted for so many things, can't we get credit for ONE good thing.

Lois from Tucson   October 13th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

I've been a big fan of Michael for many years and appreciate all his hard work. He has enlightened me on many subjects and I wish him continued success and congratulate him on his Steinbeck Award. Does he think if Repubs win the House (or Senate) they'll be able to push any bills through at all? After all, for the past 2 yrs. they've been "the party of NO" and forced Dems to make huge concessions on any bills they finally passed. Why wouldn't Dems take the same stance if they become the new minority party?

fred   October 13th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

someone should tell Mr. Moore that the Chilean mine is a copper and gold mine, not a coal mine.

Philip Leitzinger   October 13th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Mr Moore For ur next project I would recommend you provide the American public a complete accounting of all the compensation and benefits our legislatures in Washington receive. I feel that we are entitled to know what they are receiving.

Thank you.

Tim   October 13th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Michael, save the rant about coal. The mine in Chile is a copper and gold mine.

Claudia   October 13th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Michael, thanks for reminding people about the miners who were lost in WV. When will everyone realize.that one person's life is worth saving and that companies need to realize that their most important resource is their workers. They need to realize that no one is expendable because they have a hazardous job. If company's would follow safe practices, no person needs to die of black lung, a rock fall or an explosion. Workplaces, even these, can be made safe.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   October 13th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Michael Moor dosnt have anything good to say about America .

Sabine J   October 13th, 2010 9:45 pm ET


Dodie   October 13th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

@Michael Armstrong Sr. October 13th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

You can have issues with your country and still want to live there. The best minds are one with clarity in which they can perceive areas that need to be changed. That does not mean one does not love their country.

Julie   October 13th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Hello Mr. Moore! I am a huge supporter of my whole family is. The dilemna I want to share with you is that after I was forced from teaching due to a disability, the insurance co. I had long-term disability policy with didn't come through very well! After a short no. of months they 'forced' me to file for Soc. Security. When I was approved (FIRST time!!) they made me pay back money they had allowed me for any time Soc. Sec. paid me for....and dropped me!!! If you ever attempt to investigate insurance companies, PLEASE look into this! Thanks!!!

elizabeth tacy   October 13th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I keep hearing Larry and others say 5 more down in the mine and I have been watching a live feed from down in the mine and there were 6 remaining after the 33rd miner was lifted.

Dodie   October 13th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

@ Michael Moore... you are a man after my heart. Your view is exceptional. Yes, we desire to look for something good in our lives as we are floundering as a nation and many are afraid. Very well stated, Michael!!!

Wynn Kenny   October 13th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Hey Larry,

Wanna know about why people continue to work in mines and why some get out?

Whatch the movie "October Sky". It speaks for its self.

dragan   October 13th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

I moved to this country 20 years ago and I know we as Americans make some mistakes but we do a lot correct things. Please let Michael know grass is not always greener on the other side. I know they did great thing with miners in Chile but We do a lot good things in America. Who know what issues they have in Chile. It is media fault, only thing we can see on TV is politics, what Paris Hilton did etc. No good new ever. We need to change that soon.

Michael how about make move about some good storie about America, or go and live in Chile. Grass is not always greener on the other side


Betty   October 13th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

i like mr. moore, but not now....he is raining on a parade...stop it.

Carla   October 13th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Who cares what kind of mine it was.....Just THANK GOD who by the way is not from Chile or U.S. blessed the men to reunite with their families!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rory   October 13th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Being a third generation miner (second generation coal miner) I would beg do differ that our coal companies all want to make profits over our safety. *FACT* our first right as an employee of Alpha Natural Resources is to refuse any portion of work until we personally deem it safe in our own minds.

molly   October 13th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

You're correct Larry. When I went to school evolution was called a theory – not truth.

DMan   October 13th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

What the heck does that have to do with our current issues

Bad Patient   October 13th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

OMG...yes, evolution occurs. In one generation...not just billions of years. Did you guys take Biology? What do they teach in those political science to get elected and that's all? This country is sad.

Brian Pinkos   October 13th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Hello Larry

You asked why do people work underground.

I am from your neighbour to the north (Canada) and I,v worked underground for 10 yrs now. I do it because were I live mining is the number one sourrce of employment around. I feel very safe down there. I have lost family members and friends but every time someone is sevirly injured or killed the labour and mining board comes up with regulations for us to follow and if we choose not to we get severly fined as well as the employer. So the employer doesn't want to get a bad name and as a worker I do need to get a very large fine so we all work hand in hand to be safe. Finally it has been proven that in the last 5 years their has been more accedents and deaths going to and from a mine site than underground.

Iwona Hartley   October 13th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Dear Mr. KING,

WHY did you cut off the President's Speech so we can listen to Michael Moore. I have nothing against Moore but We have been glued to our T.V's for 2 days and at the moment that the President of Chile is summoning up this ordeal, you break to a guest...

How can you possible cut off the President when obviously all of America is LISTENING to HIM???

Marlene Robinson   October 13th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Michael Moore has no idea what West Virginians and people who are in the mining industry feel or think, he is not one of us. He speaks about things he has no idea about or a concept of reality. How can he a multi-millionaire know how people living day-to-day feel? When was the last time he missed a meal or had to worry about where he was going to sleep? Would he be strong enough mentally or brave enough to go miles underground to work to feed his family? NO!

Dodie   October 13th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Thank you Michael Moore. You continue to look at the terrible problems, injustices we have in this country towards the "average American" and you still help us laugh! I call that genius. I call that caring for your fellow man!

alfie heisler   October 13th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

im watching your show and you are saying nothing about the rescue team getting out THAT IS WHEN I'TS OVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DMan   October 13th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Love your show Larry, but Mr. Moore is so out of the loop it is hard to continue to watch. Sorry

JIm   October 13th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I am the little man and Mr. Moore you in no way speak for me. Evolution is a theory and there is NO scientific cause for the big bang. You, my friend are a typical example of a left wingnut. Today's unions are just as bad as the big business they claim to fight against. That is the reason they are losing their relevance in today's society.

RIA   October 13th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

So he asks what America and Media did during the April Mine Issues here in the US. They were too busy with the huge Oil Spill massacre that no one did anything about until 6 mos. later... A few minors dying may not have been important enough to make headlines with such an insane natural disaster news break such as the Oil Spill..

Joyce Sayers   October 13th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

It's way past time Michael moved to a country that he might actually be happy at, we are all certainly sick of hearing his haitred. We love America Michael – Go Yankees, go apple pie, halloween and pumpkin picking – go somewhere where you are happy. Life is too short, hope you find your happiness somewhere. Stop trying to ruin ours. You are talented at anaylyzing the troublesome – they exist everywhere.

Mike M   October 13th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Evolution is a scientific theory...which means that to date it has not been disproved through valid scientific investigation, but those test have not all been which point evolution would become scientific LAW.

The term theory in the common vernacular means a guess. Very different from scientific theory which has an abundance of supporting, valid, scientific evidence.

This is always the hangup...the term "theory."

Bad Patient   October 13th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I agree that it's absurd that companies get tons of violations, workers tell their families that they are scared of the mines and that they don't feel safe, and yet they have to cave in before anyone stops them. Culture of safety? not. Any person should be able to shut those mines down if they don't feel safe.

Tara Peckham   October 13th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

How is Mr. Moore "raining on a parade"? It's not even your parade! Of course, we're all happy that the Chilean miners are all alive. But how do you suppose the families of the American miners lost last year are feeling, knowing that the mining company ignored safety violations that contributed to the disaster? How is that RIGHT? Why do you hate Mr. Moore for telling the truth?

Mr. Moore is an optimist of the highest order because he continues to believe in the intelligence of the American people in the face of all evidence to the contrary, as most of the comments here have so amply demonstrated.

Jake   October 13th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Sorry, but if you consider Michael Moore's rhetoric enlightening, then please wake up. He's calculating to such an extreme degree that he assumes or emulates a position on an issue just to extend his reputation at being controversial. It's all about the $$$ with him...he's just a different representation of Al Gore. Controversy generates big bucks and his act is the biggest scam I've seen yet.

Bonnie Lee Root   October 13th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Michael, Larry, CCN.
The Chile Mine rescue has been one of the most important events in recent times, for too many reasons to list here. I understand that virtually every modern country in the world covered the story, and that pride in this human achievement is without parallel. I would be very interested to know what the demographics for this country (USA) were for watching any of this. At 54, I have become increasingly skeptical of our younger generation's interest in anything outside of themselves (or Paris Hilton...).
It would be refreshing if the demographics showed that anyone between 20 and 40 watched any coverage at all. I talk with several in that age range, and it didn't really shock me to find that the majority didn't even know there was a mine disaster, even today.
Please tell me I'm wrong about this!

Bonnie Lee Root

bob1234   October 13th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Mr. Moore,
On Darwin's deathbed, he said: “How I wished I had not expressed my theory of evolution as I have done.”

Romans 14:11
It is written: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'"

Don't continue to be deceived. Ask for wisdom to discern the truth and it will be given to you. I will pray for you tonight. May God bless you and your family.

Jacqueline Shortell-McSweeney   October 13th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

WEll, Michael, You impressed me with your five suggestions to the Democratic Party. So have a go on this one: What is your assessment of/solution to Citizen's United for the coming election? Regrds, Jacqueline Shortell-McSweeney

PS We are on the road attempting a pale comparison to NOW LET US PRAISE FAMOUS MEN, or more likely, LETTERS FROM CAMP, (minus the Chipmunks) so if you answer the above could you please e-mail me the response. Thanks JSM

Dave   October 13th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Larry – – –

We like to watch interesting subjects. We enjoy your show. But tonight, we just turned you off. That Michael Moore is inappropriate. He just said evolution is the "truth". That is not the case. Evolution is a theory. It's Darwin's theory.

Did man go to the moon? Sure. We have a written account and pictures as proof. Was Jesus born? Yes, We have a complete written account. Did God create the universe? Yes, we have a written account.

For Moore to state that Theory is fact is nonsense. I could not stand him. I'm going to bed.

Stephanie   October 13th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

Michael how about enjoying this great evening ! Lighten up .

Ron V   October 13th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Hey Larry – it's also the Theory of Universal Gravitation, and the Germ Theory of Disease, Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. "Theory" is one of the most misused words in the English language. "Theory" does not equal "guess" as sooo many people commonly use the word.

bruce Carleton   October 13th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Your guest Michael Moore has just destroyed all the good that the world is feeling tonight as a result of the Chilean mine rescue. I am a long time fan of both CNN and Michael Moore. Tonight was NOT the time to trash the USA. We were there to help and the coverage CNN provided was amazing .... and then Mr. Moore spoke to use this WONDERFUL global occasion to criticize his and my country. ENOUGH !!!!! Can't we even enjoy the AMAZING day that today provided???? You have taken ALL the hard work by so many CNN employees and trashed it by his political comments. There is a time and place for everything. This certainly was not either !!!! Can't we just celebrate the fact that 31 of our fellow human beings are alive tonight ???? You should be ashamed !!!! Bruce Carleton

Tina   October 13th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Hey "FRUITLOOP" just because you choose to believe in evolution does not mean its the truth. That's just YOUR opinion.

Mina   October 13th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

Michael Moore should go back to Cuba and this time live amongst the people and become one of them and then come back and tell us all how wonderful the free healthcare system is and how he was able to steal a chicken and trade it for an bandage.

josh   October 13th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

I agree with you more often than not.
Tonight we greatly disagrere on two issues:
1: The irrisponsible borrowers are as guilty as the banks.
Those who borrow in order to purchase a McMension while theyt were never able to pay for it should not refer to this house as their HOME.
You are very WRONG
2: I agree with you about coal mining but to take the opportunity and coimment on the negativity of coal mining whiule thius is a copper mine is an indication os an opportunistic approach and a serious lack of knowledge on your part. Shame on you

Nicole   October 13th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

I really wish that Larry King would not have ruined such a truly wonderful historical moment for the people of Chile by putting Michael Moore on. I am so glad that the other CNN coverage focused on this miracle. The rescue of these brave men should not have been down graded. God bless the Miners of Chile and their families. We are so happy you are safe and home with your families. This night should only be about them and there families. They have shown the world what hope, faith and love is truly about by keeping each other alive in the worst of possible circumstances for 69 days!!!! They are an inspiration.

Susy Piscione   October 13th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

I stayed up waiting for Michael Moore to speak as I always find him enlightening, but CNN gave him, what, 5 minutes top? What a pity. Hopefully, I will be lucky enough to hear him speak on another program sooner than later.

kris jones   October 13th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Yes FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!

Jamie and Glenn   October 13th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

What are the specific questions we need to ask in order to go to court and win about our foreclosure. AND when the mortgage companies write-off half of your mortgage in order for you to re-vamp the loan and keep the house, how is this reflected on our taxes for next year? Do we then claim an additional $70,000 because they wrote it off? Is this specific for only Ohio and Michigan?

KENNY   October 13th, 2010 10:26 pm ET


Ron V   October 13th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Allowing creationism to be taught in place of or alongside evolution as an equal-weight, credible description of the history of life on Earth, is like allowing astrology to be taught in place of or alongside astronomy as a correct description of the cosmos. Can we allow the local school districts to decide to teach 1 + 1 = 3 in basic math? People complain that our children have fallen behind other countries in math and science and yet some want to teach this stuff to our kids as worthy of study?

@Dave – the written accounts of which you speak, were written when we could not explain a thunderstorm.

sl561   October 13th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Michael, The next time someone asks you why evolution is referred to as a "theory" is your answer: In the field of scientific inquiry, the word "theory" has a very different meaning from the way untrained people use it. The field of science is always open to further inquiry and exploration. The term "theory" is used to reflect this openness to and search for additional information. It refers to ANY group of scientific findings (e.g., evolution, relativity) for which ALL the answers are not yet known even though a great deal IS already known and proven. Any person who claims that evolution is "just a theory" is simply displaying their lack of education and knowledge about scientific inquiry.

Michael Moore rocks!!!   October 13th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Thank you for your courage for fighting for the little guy.
I know you have a lot of battles to fight, but we could use your help to stop child abuse.

richlux   October 13th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

Evolution is a" theory" just like gravity is a "theory". It is fact and the term theory does not apply – or perhaps like creationists believe – that the "theory" of gravity doesn't exist either and the earth just SUCKS!
These people are crazy!

Jim   October 13th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

It seems the Republicans have flooded here to trash you. Larry shut you up and only allowed talk about the mine rescue. You got less than a minute to talk at the end of the show. The rest of the time Larry pushed the conversation away from the issues you are an expert in to the rescue.

The rescue is a story of a country gathering the best experts from the whole world to solve the problem. Our gulf disaster had the world locked out and silly funnels put over the leaking pipe instead of calling a real plumber to remove the broken pipe and replace the broken valve as was the final solution. The proper repair could have been done immediately but we waited for the lame solutions to fail. We have the experts but they can do no good unless they are allowed to participate in the solution. In this disaster the country put politics aside and rescued the miners. Congratulations! Their President stayed as long as it took to welcome each rescued miner.

You were not asked to come on tonight to comment as an expert on mine disasters. You were able to point out to the blank stare of Larry that lack of regulations are a leading cause in these mine disasters.

This mine was unsafe and the desire for copper and gold (coal, diamonds or oil etc in other cases) came before safety. The mine rescue was complete and Larry could have given you the hour to talk about what you are an expert at. Anderson Cooper picked back up the mine rescue in his show.

Luis Almeida   October 13th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

I know there is an approximate five ours time gap between me ( I'm in Lisbon, Portugal, accross the Atlantic ) and CNN. But I was so naive ( or ignorant ) that I was hoping be able to watch Larry King interview Michael Moore on my computer screen. Patience! I'll follow what this great and honourable man has to say on other occasions...
As much the little cricket was Pinnochio's conscience so is Michael Moore: America's conscience. In my opinion...
Wake up America! I would embrace a self-aware America. One that does not look at itself as a dominant super-power but as an equal among equal peers. One where Main Street would dicate the laws and not Wall Street.

Chris B   October 13th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Michael refers to evolution as "the truth" and then he refers to "the theory of evolution" which causes Larry to ask "But isn't it just a theory?" Michael gives the wrong answer, big time! I don't exactly remember what Michael said (something like "well, to ME it's the truth"), but he SHOULD have said that "theory" has a different meaning to the person in the street than to scientists. For the former it means at best a "plausible guess." To a scientist a theory is the best explanation going, based on mountains of supporting evidence. It's much much more than a guess. Scientists use the word "hypothesis" for that.

@bob1234: I'm sure you'd LIKE the story of Darwin's deathbed retraction, but unfortunately there's zero evidence that it ever happened. And even if it did, it would make no difference. Evolution is here to stay and the naysayers will just have to deal with it.

John Hafermann   October 13th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

Your response is apprecialted, But you are still failing to understand my question. I was not aware of any death bed retraction and was not asking for a straw horse that I was not referring to at all. My question still stands. Michael or anyone else for that matter should give evidence for something that is theory. Evolution is a a theory, but unfortuanately is referred to as a fact. If you know how to offer evidence that demand the verdict that it is the truth please show me. Again it would be of interest to see someone show evidence. I am more than willing and open to honest, turthful information.

Mydress   October 13th, 2010 11:15 pm ET

"An investigation by the World Bank and Chile’s Health Ministry confirmed large discrepancies between the public and private health sectors.
The study in 2010 found that more than 650,000 people are on waiting lists in the public health care sector in Chile; a 40% shortage in the number of specialists: and a 70% difference in the patient-to-physician ratio between the public and private sectors. These statistics are up from the last study in 2008, which only showed a 21% difference."
It is not an universal health care. Educate your self , Michael. And second, minners were rescued from gold and cooper mine, not coal.

Betty Marchese   October 13th, 2010 11:17 pm ET

This evening I was joyous with the last miner being rescued. I was watching CNN and had to listen to you slam America for not saving the 29 miners. To imply that our country did not do everything they could to save those miners is so upsetting. I switched to a different cable station, I believe MSNBC and heard that it was an American Team that drilled through the rock in Chile. Shame on you Michael Moore

CindyM   October 13th, 2010 11:28 pm ET

@Michael Armstrong,
I agree with you that Moore never has anything positive to say and I'm not sure who annointed him the expert on everything.

Some here should take a lesson from the Chilean people. They all pulled together under exceptional leadership. Do we think they all love and approve the mining industry? Of course not. Was that their focus? Of course not.

During the BP spill, we spewed our hatred daily. Do we think everyone loves the oil business? Of course not. Unfortunately many here and in government voiced their hostility toward the oil business instead of focusing on bringing the country together in a time of crisis. And, of course, oil isn't in a class of its own; all of corporate America is usually the target. Hmm, how about that corporation called Center Rock!

As for Mr. Moore, I hope he knows many, many proud Americans are doing just fine. I think he and a few others should consider living elsewhere.

CindyM   October 13th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

What a wonderful evening to see the last of the rescue workers surface from the mine.

The President of Chile has shown stellar leadership. He eagerly and humbly reached out to the rest of the world for any and all expertise which paid off handsomely, particularly the help from Nasa and Center Rock. Also, he really engaged himself with the miners, their families and the entire country. He brought his country together. Congratulations to him and to his country for electing him!

sl561   October 14th, 2010 12:08 am ET

For those demanding "evidence" of evolution (e.g. John H.).....there are thousands of books documenting all of the very clear evidence for evolution. You could try reading one of them. Or you could take an introductory college course in biology or physical anthropology. As for the claim that evolution is "just a theory" and not fact....see my earlier comment (also Chris B.'s comment) about what the term "theory" actually means in science.

IKHAN   October 14th, 2010 1:07 am ET

Hi Larry,

Hi folks.
Good to hear Michael Moore again. He has the courage to tell it as it is and that shows his love for his country.
There are those who would like this country & nation to sustain its greatness and that needs looking inwards finding our faults & learning from our mistakes.
History is witness to the fact that any nation which wrapped itself around its own conceit , forgot to take account of itself tumbled down the roadways of time.
Then there are those who are blind to this fact and where are we headed and continue regurgitating what is fed to them by a section of media & propagand machines. They have been nurtured by the myth that we can do no wrong.
This mindset is responsible for where we stand today.
We need more like Michael Moore.

@ Michael Armstrong Sr.

More power to Mr. Moore. We need waking up from our stupor.

Cynthia Smyth   October 14th, 2010 1:53 am ET

I use to listen to him, that was when I was gullible, naive, easily led, and had limited critical thinking & research skills. He appeals to the anti-everything conspiracy theory groups.

Once a person actually looks at facts, thinks critically, and remains unbiased in their search for the truth; they inevitably see Moore and his shananigans for what they are.

Else Lichtenberg   October 14th, 2010 2:52 am ET

Hi Michael! I think your work is marvellous and necessary. I just watched tour film Capitalism, Love Story. It is for me difficult to understand, why in USA a movement supporting you is not created. There must be many americans supporting yours opinions. Take Care, Love from Else

Holland   October 14th, 2010 2:59 am ET

What will it take, you think, to wake Americans up to the fact that their country is being ruled by people that are blinded by the color of money?

GEdwards   October 14th, 2010 5:02 am ET

A couple of questions:
– You mentioned that the Chilean miners were raping the earth and contributing with her destruction and to global warming by their activities. Given that they were in a copper/gold mine, can you expand on how you came to the conclusion that mining for precious metals harms the earth any more than any other profession?
– You also ridiculed Sen-candidate O'Donnell about promoting that the local school boards have the Constitutional right to develop a curriculum as they see best. Then you said they're required to teach the truth, but when asked about evolution being a theory, you said it was the truth as you see it. Does that kind of hypocrisy bother you?

Carly   October 14th, 2010 7:08 am ET

I'm tired of seeing Michael Moore given so much air time. He constantly bashes the U.S. Last night I was interested in the rescue of the miners not what Michael had to say. Does he know that the U.S. helped in the rescue?

Mary   October 14th, 2010 10:28 am ET

Why is Michael Moore on this show. He is an anti American and good for nothing. Larry should have the true american team who helped saved the Chili Miners. The Chili President was so gracious to mention United States is a great country which it is and we do not need some big mouth like moore degrading America every chance he can.

Charles   October 14th, 2010 10:51 am ET

@Michael Armstrong Sr.,
I have to wonder if Michael Moore finds himself lacking in education and knowledge on any subject. I still laugh when I look at him and realize he's an expert on healthcare policies. Mr. Moore seems to routinely forget that it starts at home.

Carolyn Russell   October 14th, 2010 1:36 pm ET


Did the Americans reach the miners with the drill first? I did not hear the Chile President comment on this when he was saying thank you to everyone.

Carolyn Russell

Ronnie Jeanne Amato   October 14th, 2010 3:20 pm ET

I think if Obama is a strong leader on immigration, it will help the Democrats a lot. It should be no straight across amnesty, but a thoughtful ruling, such as stopping anchor babies, not breaking up families who have been here at least 5 years or less, warnings to employers or assisting employers in some way in hiring legals to work, or using unemployed workers paid a descent wage. It would help congress so much.

Ralph   October 14th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

The American people need to recognise that the Bush tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy amounted to nothing more than welfare payment to the very rich as a way to redistribute the wealth from the poorer 98% of Americans who work hard for a living to the 1 or 2% of the ultra-wealthy who gamble their money on Wall Street and hoard it rather than creating any new jobs. Where are the jobs they were supposed to create?

Also - Social Security would NOT be in any financial trouble if all Americans, even the multi-millionaires and billionaires paid the same fair share percent of FICA taxes on their entire income and not just on the first $250,000 and then no more. Social Security should not be faulted for investing in U.S. Treasury notes as those are supposed to be the most responsible way to invest with the full faith and credit of the entire United States standing behind it. Social Security is not in trouble (unless, like Bush previously proclaimed that the U.S. Treasury notes that were held by the Social Security Administration were "nothing more than worthless pieces of paper") The trouble is that the previous administration squandered the money on non-Social Security purposes (illegal wars?). The Social Security Administration still holds those paid for notes and should be able to expect that they will be paid with the full faith and credit of the United States when they are needed.

pbsd2010   October 15th, 2010 2:14 am ET

One way of not having an individual back on your show, Larry, is by asking him to make an appearance and then not allowing him to discuss areas in which he has knowledge. I was wondering when you were going to allow Michael Moore to discuss issues that are very pressing here in the US. What I find interesting is that Chile was able to come together as a country and rescued the miners. Whereas, our politics and red tape proceeded any oil spill clean up. We had the resources and knowledge, but never used it. Nick Pozzi, an American oil and gas engineer, in the 1990s was in charge of an Arabian Gulf 700 million gallon oil spill which he successfully cleaned up was cast out by BP saying he did not go through proper channels. Pozzi’s plan was to quickly extract the oil from the gulf into Supertankers, with a separation technique, leaving the oil in the tankers and pumping back out clean filtered water. I wonder why this was never implemented?

Jerjol   October 15th, 2010 10:45 am ET

America lauches a new job creation plan.

Submitted by the ARMS INDUSTRY.

Recommendation: America should start three new wars "IT DOES'NT MATTER WITH WHO.

This would create more jobs in the military sector, the arms industry, and with the hope that the casualty rate would be very high, this would create a WIN-WIN situation

Reduction of available working class people through deaths in action, more people needed to work in the arms industry, with the promise that the female population in America would be required to fight in the front lines, even women's jobs would increase.

GOOD IDEA??????????????????????????????

Chere   October 15th, 2010 11:16 am ET

Social Security would be in less trouble if everyone paid appropriately for what they were receiving. You worry too much about hard-working, successful people with money.
Why should a single person, for example, pay exactly the same as a counterpart with the same salary who has a stay at home spouse. Then when the married couple are eligible for Social Security, the working spouse receives the same as the single person but the married worker receives also half that much again for the spouse. So the two workers paid the same but one receives benefits for another person. Perhaps like insurance, if the benefit is for more than one person then the amount paid into SS should reflect that. Also, if the married worker has children under 18 when he/she reaches SS age, the children receive $700 or $800 a month. So now we have a single person paying the same as another person who will receive benefits for both parents and children.

And then we have people who divorce receiving the social security benefits of the ex-spouse when they die even if the spouse dies 30 or 30 years after the divorce. Often times we have the ex collecting the SS benefit from the deceased ex-spouse while at the same time working at his/her own job which pays more than $100,000 a year. I know of specific situations.

Instead of focusing on the wealthy, perhaps paying appropriately for the benefits one wants would be something to consider. As for the wealthy paying 6.5% for every penny they make, one would assume then that we would be fine with their receiving much more in SS benefits than they do now since they would be paying more into it.

Every administration has always used SS funds for other causes; this was not unique to the Bush administration. If we left politics out of some discussions and analyzed the situation at hand, we'd make a lot of progress. We expect Washington to be bipartisan but most of us are not. Funny how that works.

Dodie   October 15th, 2010 5:04 pm ET

@ Jerjol October 15th, 2010 10:45 am ET
Love your wit and banter. The only part that's not funny...... they might use that as an excuse to create more wars. Also, what is one of the highest exports in dollar amounts for the US? I suspect it would be war weaponry. So without wars, who would be purchasing our products? Sad but true!

By the way, Willie Nelson will be on LKL tonight. I have so much respect for this man. He is a true humanitarian. He has devoted so much time and effort to projects like The Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute which "believes in the Promise of Peace on Earth" as its motto. He is absolutely as beautiful on the outside as he is inside! I always stand up and applaud his efforts. I hold him in high regard!

Jim   October 20th, 2010 3:03 pm ET

You are absolutely correct on redistribution of the wealth from the poor to the rich. If everyone paid into Social Security based on ALL of their income from all sources except Social Security benefits they may recieve, Social Security would have plenty of money to pay out. There would be plenty to invest in only short term notes requiring the funds be paid back quickly with good interest and large penalties for not doing so on time. Government Investments, not Wall Street, would be growing the fund. Surplus funds at the end of the year should carry over to the next.

Social Security funds should be held only for that purpose and should not be a slush fund to pay for any other Government program or to drain at the end of each year. No IOU's. Any funds used for other purposes should have a short term date when they will be paid back with interest no exceptions.

Social Security will be just fine if Congress adds regulations over the use of the funds and closes conservative loopholes on contributions. Conservatives are working hard now and have over the years done everything to weaken it. They drain its funds and cut off funding so they can complain about it being in trouble and a failed "unfunded mandate". Conservative wordsmiths build fear for their own benefit.

Social Security is vital. Employers begin pushing workers out of their jobs in their fiftys with no practical chance to work on or get an equivalent job for more years of income. Older workers are quietly discriminated against in hiring. Middle class or lower pay is so low that saving for retirement is not possible. Pensions are being slashed while Wall Street drains pension funds and retirement accounts into the pockets of the rich. They have also extracted our home equity many had hoped to use for retirement. They have turned "Baby Boomers" into baby busted.

Social Security is a vital safety net that should allow seniors to live on based on the government responsibly saving and growing their investment over their working career and suplementing it with overall gains in the fund. Yes the rich need to be forced to contribute as their selfish and greedy "achiever", "personal responsibility" mentality prevents many of them from doing what is right.

With a few simple changes there will be no need to cut benefits or raise the retirement age. Benefits might actually be increased to a reasonable living level beyond the poverty level now being paid.

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