It is late 2009 and Sean Hannity of Fox News is interviewing Michael Moore about his film Capitalism—A Love Story, in which the unmitigated and largely unregulated corporate greed that led to the Great Recession is described as “sinful.” Moore is decked out, uncharacteristically, in a suit coat, white shirt and dark tie. Maybe he’s trying to look like a capitalist. Or a Republican.
In his amiable opening banter, Hannity allows as how Moore is an “unapologetic socialist—are you not?”
“Christian,” the filmmaker corrects him. An unapologetic Christian. “I believe in what Jesus said.”
“I’m a Christian,” replies Hannity, as if his being one means Moore can’t be. “I did theology.” But Moore is comfortable with faith-based conversations. “Are you Catholic?” he asks Hannity. “Did you go to mass this Sunday?”