Michael Moore: Russia, Stormy Daniels stories are 'shiny keys to distract us'

Liberal documentarian Michael Moore slammed heavy "corporate media" coverage devoted to "Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia" and adult-film actress Stormy Daniels on Monday, calling the stories “shiny keys to distract us."

The commentary from the "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" director came during a livestreamed town hall event featuring Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Democratic tensions will only get worse as left loses patience McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Socially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMcConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Mark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax MORE (D-Mass.) in Washington on Monday night.


The three prominent progressives lamented the lack of national media coverage around a recent teachers strike in West Virginia that resulted in a 5 percent pay increase, which Moore characterized as bringing "down the state’s apparatus" and "an amazing victory" for labor in a red state.

"Bernie, I didn’t see hardly anything in the corporate media about this, on any of the networks, even some of the networks that we watch were you know — Russia, turn the channel, Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia,” the Oscar-winning director said. “I’m not saying that’s not important.”

“And don’t forget Stormy Daniels!” injected Sanders. 

“These are all shiny keys to distract us. … We should know about the West Virginia strike. What an inspiration that would be that would be around the country," added Moore. 

"But they don’t show this, Bernie, because, what would happen if they did?” 

“In a so-called conservative red state, teachers stood up and fought back and won," Sanders noted. 

Sanders, who gave Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden prepares to confront Putin Ending the same-sex marriage wars Trump asks Biden to give Putin his 'warmest regards' MORE an unexpected challenge for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, has complained about media coverage of Daniels before.

“There are enormous problems facing our country ... and what are we talking about over and over again? Stormy Daniels," Sanders said to CNN's Anderson Cooper Cooper on "AC360" on Mar. 7. 

"Let me respectfully suggest that I do not think Stormy Daniels is one of the major issues facing our country.”

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is locked in a legal battle with Trump over a $130,000 payment she received weeks before the 2016 election. The payment was part of a nondisclosure agreement, which Daniels says was under regarding an affair she says she had with Trump a decade earlier. The mechanics behind how Trump attorney Michael Cohen obtained the $130,000 to pay Daniels could potentially have violated campaign finance law.

The White House denies that Trump had a relationship with Daniels.