Michael Moore a journalist?
Thatâ€™s what Moore, the director of the new anti-healthcare industry movie â€śSicko,â€ť told Entertainment Weekly. The June 1 issue gave the leftâ€™s Leni Riefenstahl a chance to show how he embraces bias and one-sided story telling. â€śIn my case, itâ€™s going to take 20 or 30 years to figure out what I came up with, because while itâ€™s journalism, itâ€™s also satire couple with a large sprinkling of opinion to create a work of art,â€ť said Moore.
His definition of â€śjournalismâ€ť showed he embraces the worst of the mainstream media. When asked if he had â€śan obligation to at least give the insurance companies the chance to say no to youâ€ť about an interview, Moore showed his true propaganda colors. â€śAbsolutely not,â€ť he responded. â€śThey already have their forum. Itâ€™s called the nightly news. Their story is told over and over again. You never hear the other side.â€ť
Moore is right about the â€śother sideâ€ť 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, â€śnearly 80 percent of the stories excluded the viewpoint of the pharmaceutical industry, failing to include either a company statement or a company spokesman.â€ť
The EW story had a few other tidbits worth noting, including:
The magazine loves it: Big surprise, reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum gives the movie a â€śB+â€ť for the â€śrobust clarity of political activism.â€ť She couldnâ€™t resist agreeing with Moore, saying she didnâ€™t want to â€śdivert anyone from the importance of the movieâ€™s serious diagnosis of a national healthcare system in critical condition.â€ť
EW credits Moore with taking â€śthe scalp of a presidentâ€ť: According to the magazine, â€śHe bashed Bush before it was a pastime.â€ť But even author Daniel Fierman admitted about the anti-Bush movie â€śFahrenheit 9/11,â€ť â€śit seems unclear how much of a difference the movie actually made.â€ť
Moore as Harriet Beecher Stowe?: According to Moore, fellow Hollywood lefty Rob Reiner compared â€śFahrenheit 9/11â€ť to â€śUncle Tomâ€™s Cabinâ€ť as â€śone of these moments in American history where a work of art actually impacted things politically.â€ť
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 â€śpirated and bootlegged.â€ť â€śI never had a chance to talk with Castro about the money that he owes me for showing my movies for free.â€ť
Scenes we missed: The article included a short sidebar of six different â€śscenes to addâ€ť 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 â€śten documentaries that changed thingsâ€ť and included the famous Riefenstahl film glorifying Adolf Hitler called â€śTriumph of the Will.â€ť At least Moore is in appropriate company.