John Nichols (The Nation) with video Pt. 1 (04:30) and Pt. 2 (4:20)):
Americans who didn't witness filmmaker Michael Moore's appearance Tuesday night on NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" missed one of those rare moments when the vast wasteland gives way to an oasis of realism.
Rarely since the days when author Gore Vidal regularly appeared on the "Tonight" show with Johnny Carson has a popular television program on a commercial broadcast channel provided such extended and respectful treatment to a scathing critique of the corrupt status quo.
Leno hailed Moore's new movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story," as "the best film he's done."
The talk-show host described "Capitalism: A Love Story" as "completely nonpartisan" -- and he's right: Moore goes after sold-out Democrats and sold-out Republicans -- before declaring: "I was stunned by it, and I think it is the most fair film."
Even more meaningful than Leno's review of a movie he had obviously watched and considered seriously was this exchange: