Michael Moore a journalist?
That‚Äôs what Moore, the director of the new anti-healthcare industry movie ‚ÄúSicko,‚ÄĚ told Entertainment Weekly. The June 1 issue gave the left‚Äôs Leni Riefenstahl a chance to show how he embraces bias and one-sided story telling. ‚ÄúIn my case, it‚Äôs going to take 20 or 30 years to figure out what I came up with, because while it‚Äôs journalism, it‚Äôs also satire couple with a large sprinkling of opinion to create a work of art,‚ÄĚ said Moore.
His definition of ‚Äújournalism‚ÄĚ showed he embraces the worst of the mainstream media. When asked if he had ‚Äúan obligation to at least give the insurance companies the chance to say no to you‚ÄĚ about an interview, Moore showed his true propaganda colors. ‚ÄúAbsolutely not,‚ÄĚ he responded. ‚ÄúThey already have their forum. It‚Äôs called the nightly news. Their story is told over and over again. You never hear the other side.‚ÄĚ
Moore is right about the ‚Äúother side‚ÄĚ never getting on the nightly news, but that side is the side of industry. According to a Business & Media Institute analysis of ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, ‚Äúnearly 80 percent of the stories excluded the viewpoint of the pharmaceutical industry, failing to include either a company statement or a company spokesman.‚ÄĚ
The EW story had a few other tidbits worth noting, including:
The magazine loves it: Big surprise, reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum gives the movie a ‚ÄúB+‚ÄĚ for the ‚Äúrobust clarity of political activism.‚ÄĚ She couldn‚Äôt resist agreeing with Moore, saying she didn‚Äôt want to ‚Äúdivert anyone from the importance of the movie‚Äôs serious diagnosis of a national healthcare system in critical condition.‚ÄĚ
EW credits Moore with taking ‚Äúthe scalp of a president‚ÄĚ: According to the magazine, ‚ÄúHe bashed Bush before it was a pastime.‚ÄĚ But even author Daniel Fierman admitted about the anti-Bush movie ‚ÄúFahrenheit 9/11,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúit seems unclear how much of a difference the movie actually made.‚ÄĚ
Moore as Harriet Beecher Stowe?: According to Moore, fellow Hollywood lefty Rob Reiner compared ‚ÄúFahrenheit 9/11‚ÄĚ to ‚ÄúUncle Tom‚Äôs Cabin‚ÄĚ as ‚Äúone of these moments in American history where a work of art actually impacted things politically.‚ÄĚ
Castro the thief: Moore, who took 9/11 workers to Cuba for medical treatment, did complain that the only way his movies show there is because they are ‚Äúpirated and bootlegged.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúI never had a chance to talk with Castro about the money that he owes me for showing my movies for free.‚ÄĚ
Scenes we missed: The article included a short sidebar of six different ‚Äúscenes to add‚ÄĚ that give a more balanced view of U.S. healthcare including how America offers medical care that extends life expectancy, makes life-enhancing drugs, and is promoting the advancement of science.
Propaganda films: Another sidebar listed ‚Äúten documentaries that changed things‚ÄĚ and included the famous Riefenstahl film glorifying Adolf Hitler called ‚ÄúTriumph of the Will.‚ÄĚ At least Moore is in appropriate company.