Michael Moore isn’t easing off on his demand for an apology from CNN for the sloppy manner in which its medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta, MD, tried to pick holes in his documentary Sicko in spite of being provided with the facts.
Moore has posted an open letter to CNN which, among other things, shows how things have changed or are changing for the mainstream media.
“In the old days, before the Internet, you could get away with it. Your victims had no way to set the record straight, to show the viewers how you had misrepresented the truth. But now, we can post the truth—and back it up with evidence and facts—on the web, for all to see.”
Apologising, for the Sicko screw-up or for any screw-up, including say for not doing their job in the run-up the Iraq War, writes Moore is good—not bad—for the network.
“Admit you were wrong. What is the shame in that? We all make mistakes. I know it’s hard to admit it when you’ve screwed up, but it’s also liberating and cathartic. It not only makes you a better person, it helps prevent you from screwing up again. Imagine how many people will be drawn to a network that says, “We made a mistake. We’re human. We’re sorry. We will make mistakes in the future—but we will always correct them so that you know you can trust us.”
Read the full letter here: An open letter to CNN