[See Updates at end of post.]
Last week, you may have read, film director Michael Moore revealed a disturbing incident at the Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, as it’s commonly known: The Palestinian co-director of the great Oscar-nominated documentary, 5 Broken Cameras, had been detained for quite awhile, seemingly racially profiled by agents who could not believe Emad Burnat and his wife and son (all Muslims) were in town for the Oscar show.
Moore tried to help him get released, after Burnat texted him that they were being threatened with deportation. Moore wrote about it via Twitter and at his web site.
Yesterday, increasingly popular Buzzfeed published a report by Tessa Stuart suggesting that the whole affair was nothing but a “publicity stunt” for the movie and that the director was held for just twenty-five minutes in a very SOP. A source called Moore’s account of the episode “baloney.” This was based mainly, or exclusively, on just one unnamed source in the Homeland Security apparatus. She said she had tried and failed to reach Moore.
Last night, Moore fired back on Twitter: “Tessa Stuart of Buzzfeed has lied about the Palestinian filmmaker detained at LAX and I can prove it. Tessa, I’ll give u an hr to correct.” And: “Feel bad for you, being snookered by Homeland Security. Re-read your story and look for the clue of how u got used.
Stuart posted Moore’s tweets at the end of her story but that was it.
Moore, after getting no correction, then tweeted: “Time’s up. Buzzfeed today tried to raise doubts that Oscar nominee, Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat wasn’t really detained at LAX on Tues…. Buzzfeed quotes a ‘source’ at LAX who said that Burnat was simply asked to produce his ticket to the Oscars and when he ‘couldn’t’ he was…moved ‘to a secondary inspection area where he (Burnat) found his ticket’ to the Oscars & was then ‘immediately allowed’ into the US…