TELEVISION: Pranks and Populism

The director of Roger & Me brings his satire to prime time

Michael Moore, the director of the film documentary Roger & Me, is a hybrid of two Ralphs -- Kramden and Nader. The son of an autoworker, he has the persona of a bumbling working guy; he is blessed with brilliant comic timing, and his waistline is Gleasonesque. At the same time, Moore was once the editor of a left-wing magazine, and he considers himself an activist sniffing out the hypocrisies of corporate America. The comedian and the reformer lurk within Moore, and just as he did with Roger & Me, he winningly manages to express both these sides of himself on...

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