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Michael Moore Goes Off on Wolf Blitzer and CNN

Filmmaker Michael Moore gives Wolf Blitzer a rare "live" piece of his mind on Iraq, Fahrenheit 911, Dick Cheney, and the sponsorship of medical segments on CNN by pharmaceutical companies.

And Moore follows up on his promise to respond to Dr. Sanjay Gupta's "debunking" of some of the facts in Moore's film Sicko.

Blue Cross has issued a memo of internal 'talking points' to respond to the film.

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  1. Moore should make sure he can spare a piece of mind before he gives any away. I'd bet he has none to spare.

    Posted by: shane | Jul 10, 2007 8:50:51 AM

  2. CNN's misguided "equal-time" treatment of the film is a shame because the film is very well done and has a lot of persuasive material in it and I haven't found one thing yet to dispute the facts, only lots of differing opinions.

    One thing I disagree with Moore on is his faith in the American people, and all people, as being basically good. We're not. Because while there are plenty of sane arguments against aspects of socialized medicine (not that I agree with them), the real #1 reason why most Americans who are against it find it so distasteful is that they would rather die of cancer themselves than find out that some black welfare mom or poor person who won't work to pull their own weight or some phantom gay guy with AIDS might get free healthcare paid for by pennies of their precious tax dollars.

    This selfish fear is so overwhelming that most people don't even know that Moore's movie isn't even about the uninsured, but about how lousy the for-profit HMO system is even for those of us who are insured.

    I like Mike's argument that no system is perfect, but why shouldn't we take the best parts of what France or Canada or even Cuba has and focus on fine-tuning out the obvious bad parts? Another argument of his that stuck with me is if socialized medicine is so scary, why do we accept socialized firefighters and police?

    Turn off the MSM and see the movie.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jul 10, 2007 8:59:03 AM

  3. Matthew, you are so full of shit I can smell it in Tribeca. Most people don't want universal health care because we work our asses off to have health insurance and don't want the quality of our healthcare to decline.

    When has the U.S. government ever been able to "take the best parts" of something and make it work?

    And on your faulty logic: firefighters and police are found at all levels of government and serve ALL of the public's good. They are not centrally controlled and do not reduce the welfare of a segment of the population.

    Posted by: shane | Jul 10, 2007 9:30:32 AM

  4. Michael Moore is trying to do something good for this country. George W. Bush is doing everything he can to destroy it. Universal health care will not lower the the quality of anyone's health care and why, Shane, should we have to be working our asses off just for insurance companies that can drop you at anytime.

    If you watched the video, you'd know that it's costing the country more to not have people insured.

    You want to be a slave to the big insurance companies, go right ahead and keep that head buried in the sand.

    However, don't expect the rest of us to believe what you and others say about how bad universal health care will be, when it's obviously doing perfectly well in other parts of the world.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jul 10, 2007 9:37:17 AM

  5. Rock on Michael!

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jul 10, 2007 9:37:59 AM

  6. The British, German, Canadian, and French systems leave people hanging for years waiting on the simplest of procedures! Please, please, tell me how that is "doing well?" Are you people living in the same world? Your blindness is doing just as much damage as W's idiocy.

    Posted by: shane | Jul 10, 2007 9:40:28 AM

  7. Michael Moore certainly tore Wolf Blitzer a new asshole. Well done, Mike!!!
    Too bad Mr. Moore wasn't given the opportunity to duke it out with Lou Dobbs right after.
    That was the most entertaing interview on television since the on-air confrontation between Geraldo Rivera and Bill O'Reilly on Fox News a few weeks ago regarding Bush and Kennedy's illegal immigration proposal being voted on in the senate.

    Andy, thanks for posting this excellent video clip and keeping your readers informed.


    Posted by: Charles | Jul 10, 2007 9:55:51 AM

  8. Shane you are so full of shit I can smell it here in Los Angeles. Anytime anyone begins a sentence with "What the American people want" you know full well it's the "Health Care" Bandits speaking, not the American People.

    Did my heart and soul good to see Moore rip Leslie a new one.

    (That's his name, BTW. "Wolf" was invented to make him appear more butch.)

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 10, 2007 10:05:07 AM

  9. I think Shane missed Matthew's very good point about the real resistance that is going to come up to universal health care in the next election: fear of having what little privilege they have taken away from them. It's the same kind of thinking that had so many working class people voting Republican in the last two elections even when it was obvious that their best interests were not served by the Republicans.
    God f#$@ing bless Michael Moore for bringing this very important issue into the mainstream. The medical system in this country is pathetic compared to Canada and many European and Asian countries. I can vouch for that first hand.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Jul 10, 2007 10:09:25 AM

  10. People like Shane crack me up when they talk about not wanting "universal healthcare" because they "work hard" for what they perceive to be better.

    Shane, praytell how is it that you "work hard" for your insurance? Can you tell me approximately how much you pay into insurance? I'm assuming your employer - if you're fortunate enough to be employed - pays for a large majority of the funds. Is that correct?

    BTW, you may want to go see an ENT to take care of that fecal smell in your nostrils. I can hear you bitching about it all the way over here in Los Angeles.

    Posted by: Rey | Jul 10, 2007 10:11:45 AM

  11. I think it's absurd that medical care is tied to employment in this country. If you loose your job, you loose your medical safety net, period. I could never go into business for myself because I've had surgery on my knee twice in my life and no insurance company would ever cover it. My mother has a history of cancer. Thank God she's old enough for Medicare because no insurance company would ever cover her. We have given health care over to corporations who seek only to maximize profits, not health. It's the exact opposite from what we as a nation should be doing if we really care about the well-being of our people.

    Posted by: sam | Jul 10, 2007 10:20:27 AM

  12. Michael Moore is not a documentarian. He is a propagandist. His film shows only the BAD things about the American health care system and only the GOOD things about those of other countries. His journalistic skills and integrity are on par with those of Fox News.

    Cuba has better health care than the US? Give me a f'ing break . . . When will this tired, leftist veneration of Fidel Castro end?

    Posted by: GM | Jul 10, 2007 10:22:53 AM

  13. "we dont want the quality of our health care to decline'? Oh Shane, what world are you living in? The US health care system is in the shitter and has been for years. Now the Canadian system is far from perfect but I can sleep at night knowing little kids can be taken to a hospital and get the care they need no matter how little money their parents have. I wonder if Bush is proud to have millions of American kids with no insurance. Millions.

    Posted by: secretagentman | Jul 10, 2007 10:26:44 AM

  14. Whatever you think about Michael Moore, the fact is that he gets people talking! We need more people in the world like Moore and Rosie O'Donnell: people who will question the status quo, and who won't be intimidated into silence.

    Posted by: Ned | Jul 10, 2007 10:28:12 AM

  15. Moore is a hard man to like, but I do. Let's just get that out of the way. He, consistently, makes very decent, needed, points; however, his ego and character often get in the way.
    "Sicko" on its own is a decent film. I feel that it's more an emotional piece on an issue, instead of a documentary, for while the other side is nearly impossible to defend, they aren't given any forum to even attempt that. Only minor facts are smudged, like trying to insinuate that Hillary Clinton has been bought by the health care field, because she alone has not been able to bring about health care reform. The coverage of her in the film is objective until that point; especially, when Moore is supporting, rather vocally, an opponent of hers in the presidential race, it just doesn't smell right.
    However the minor factual flubs of the film are, the end result is a much needed, mass discussion and call to arms on this horrendous issue facing our country, of the largely poor and sub-poor health care system. For reasons I've never been able to understand, the people's against universal health care convictions run deep, and vicious. Just look at how they destroyed Hillary and her plan in the 90s. It's becoming more and more "acceptable" to talk about it, and now, with "Sicko," I hope that it will only continue to.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jul 10, 2007 10:32:26 AM

  16. The economist in me wants to ask that if Canadian, British, French, etc. healthcare systems are so efficient and wonderful as MM says, why can't they sell health insurance to Americans? They could even set up govt. run hospitals and clinics here in the USA. In theory, their magic would allow people to migrate to their systems by proxy because it offers a better deal.

    I also wonder how we can have universal access and open borders, and why can't we just send our own sick people to Canada or the UK for treatment--since it is a right you know. Hmmmmm.....

    Wolfie isn't so smart when he goes off script, is he.

    Posted by: anon ( | Jul 10, 2007 10:38:51 AM

  17. One thing Moore does - and I am thankful for it - is he asks the right questions. I don't always agree with his answers but he's in-your-face with it and passionate and we need more of that kind of dialogue in this country.

    Who needs catfights on The View when we have Wolf Blitzer (a drag name if I ever heard one) being handed his ass by Michael Moore?

    Posted by: mark m | Jul 10, 2007 10:39:35 AM

  18. "The British, German, Canadian, and French systems leave people hanging for years waiting on the simplest of procedures"

    Years? Really? Gee that's terrible (someone should organize a day of global concerts highlighting the evils of having to wait two months for FREE elective surgery and then another for FREE emergency surgery with no life threatening wait time) yet somehow the desperate natives of these far off lands of vague repute (It's truly hilarious the way people refer to Canada as if it were outer Mongolia instead of an hours plane ride away from NYC) manage to live longer and healthier lives - but then again they haven't switched to the fuzzy math system yet so what do they know?

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jul 10, 2007 10:40:43 AM

  19. "The British, German, Canadian, and French systems leave people hanging for years waiting on the simplest of procedures! Please, please, tell me how that is "doing well?" Are you people living in the same world? Your blindness is doing just as much damage as W's idiocy."

    Giovanni. Waht you have written above is the worst case senario that has happened to a small very minority of people in those countries. And peopel do eventually get treatment.

    You know what happenes here to more than just a samll minority. People get NO TREATMENT AT ALL AND DIE.

    You my friend are an idiot.

    You knw what the worst case senario is Ame

    Posted by: Wolf | Jul 10, 2007 10:44:54 AM

  20. Finally! Someone called out CNN for not asking the questions on the War 5 years ago. And why is it such a bad thing to say universal healthcare for EVERYONE? You might be able to afford your healthcare, but what about the tens of millions of people who can't and die as a result? Have we really become that selfish where we rather see people die on a daily basis because of a shitty healthcare system. Why does this have to be a political issue? Democrat/Republican Liberal/Conservative everyone gets sick.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 10, 2007 10:45:25 AM

  21. Wolf

    When you, otter, and bear finish shaving each others backs you might want to give the posts another read, I was actually quoting Shane.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jul 10, 2007 11:11:26 AM

  22. Shane you are full of shit.

    Please do a little research in a history book about america's past when fire departments were ALL privately run by seperate and competing fire insurance companies.

    Finaly the government had to step in and create NON private sector fire departments for the safety of the people which equals SECURITY.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 10, 2007 11:41:18 AM

  23. Giovani

    The waiting supposedly that you cite is BULL shit

    If you have an ingrown toe nail then yes you will wait, but then if you are such a pussy that can't deal with an ingrown toe nail you can pay out of pocket to have it done in all of the socialized medicine countries. They still offer private sector doctors for pussys like you screaming about an ingrown toe nail.

    Now if what you have is life threatening then there is NO wait period.

    The screamers about "wait periods" just scream and scream and never ever provide one bit of fact to support their shrill screams.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 10, 2007 11:44:46 AM

  24. Have you all forgotten all your friends that have died and are dying now of AIDS because they could not afford the health care! It sucks when your sick and have to leave your job, benefits disappear and then the fighting with the insurance companies begins. Deciding whether you really need the food or the medicine?

    Posted by: JHT | Jul 10, 2007 12:17:13 PM

  25. If I'm not mistaken, Anon and Giovanni are saying the same thing.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Jul 10, 2007 12:23:14 PM

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