When CNN called Michael Moore to speak on Sicko, it probably expected him to sneak in a nice plug for his film on the American healthcare mess. Instead, what Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr Sanjay Gupta got was a blitzkrieg.
Before giving Moore a chance to talk on Sicko, CNN prefaces it with its usual “on the one hand, on the other” balancing piece (by Gupta) in which the doctor of Indian origin tries to debunk some of Moore’s conclusions, and suggests that Moore may have “fudged” some of his facts.
That results in a torrent of questions and criticism from Moore on how the mainstream media does not ask the tough questions it should and then, when somebody does it, stands up to puncture the effort.
“Just apologize to the American people and to the families of the troops for not doing your job four years ago. We wouldn’t be in this war if you had done your job. Come on. Just admit it. Just apologize to the American people.”
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