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May 12, 2007

Michael Moore Documentary "Sicko" Just More Bull

Hospital Nacional - Havana

La Pradera International Health Center - Health Center built by Castro for foreign tourists. No doubt a place like where Moore went.

Michael Moore blasts President Bush over federal probe into ’Sicko’ documentary’s Cuba trip

Boston Herald

LOS ANGELES - Filmmaker Michael Moore has asked the Bush administration to call off an investigation of his trip to Cuba to get treatment for ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers for a segment in his upcoming health-care expose, "Sicko."

Moore, who made the hit documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" assailing President Bush’s handling of Sept. 11, said in a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Friday that the White House may have opened the investigation for political reasons.

I understand why the Bush administration is coming after me _ I have tried to help the very people they refuse to help, but until George W. Bush outlaws helping your fellow man, I have broken no laws and I have nothing to hide."

The health-care industry Moore skewers in "Sicko" was a major contributor to Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign and to Republican candidates over the last four years, Moore wrote.

"I can understand why that industry’s main recipient of its contributions _ President Bush _ would want to harass, intimidate and potentially prevent this film from having its widest possible audience," Moore wrote.

Treasury officials did not immediately respond on Friday to a request for comment on Moore’s letter to Paulson.

The department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control notified Moore in a letter dated May 2 that it was conducting a civil investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba.

Moore questioned the timing of the investigation, noting that "Sicko" premieres May 19 at the Cannes Film Festival and debuts in U.S. theaters June 19. The Bush administration knew of his plans to travel to Cuba since last October, said Moore, who went there in March with about 10 ailing workers involved in the rescue effort at the World Trade Center ruins.

OFAC’s letter to Moore noted that he had applied in October 2006 for permission as a full-time journalist to travel to Cuba, but that the agency had not made any determination on his request.

The agency gave Moore 20 business days to provide details on his Cuba trip and the names of those who accompanied him.

Wild Thing's comment........
This is hilarious, Moore's film is about how health care in Cuba is better then in the USA. Sure Michael, why don't you just go live there if you can and see how it is when you get sick or need to see a dentist.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 12, 2007 12:47 AM


He really expects us to believe his propaganda BS, doesn't he? He probably believes his crap don't stink too.
Health care in Cuba is horrible.
My question is why he thinks health care here is bad. We have the very best and we always will.
We have a cousin who is a doctor and a very fine one at that. He worked on the Merck Heart study some years ago at Oxford and now works in Wichita. My niece when her navy career is over is going to medical school to become a pediatric cardiologist, so Michael Moore can pack up his things and go somewhere else. His views of America are so badly messed up and he's messing up America.

Posted by: Lynn at May 12, 2007 06:56 AM

Liberals are like children. When left home alone they run amok. Now that the Dems are the majority party Liberals like Michael Moore and activists like Cindy Sheehan seem to know no boundries.

The obvious question to Moore is, why don't the wealthy of the world flock to Cuba for life saving medical treatments. Why doesn't Moore stay in Cuba for their successful weight reduction program, known as near starvation. As much as these Liberal celebrities hate America and profess admiration for the Third(Turd) World enemies, they still prefer to live in splendor, comfort and freedom in America.

Posted by: TomR at May 12, 2007 08:05 AM

Since Michael Moore is currently immune to scrutiny for his fraternization with our sworn enemy and has only recently come under the State Departments radar, he wants special treatment like Paris Hilton, sorry Moore, you lack any of the charms or credibility.

About Moore's Cuban propaganda, it lacks the vital plausable truth yet has a modicum of truth to it. Cuba's medical system is third world just like WT has stated, there are set asides and special facilities for foreigners who pay in hard currency but the general population doesn't enjoy that privilege. Moore would like you to believe the opposite, that every Cuban has the best medical care in the world.

When Sir John Reith, the former director general of the BBC, was appointed minister of information in 1940, he laid down two fundamental axioms, that "news is the shock troops of propaganda" and that propaganda should tell "the truth, nothing but the truth and, as near as possible, the whole truth." Although Hitler believed implicitly in the "big lie," Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, claimed that propaganda should be as accurate as possible. Similarly, in the early part of the twentieth century Lenin had proclaimed that "in propaganda, truth pays off"; this dictum has largely been accepted by propagandists. I look at CBS for the prime example of U.S. propaganda who fed us their version of the truth for decades.

Remember Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite? The big three still practice their propaganda as does CNN. It's like during the '50's when Senator Joseph McCarthy's hearings about Communists and Soviet spies infiltrating the U.S government. Propagandist history writes McCarthy off as "He was noted for making unsubstantiated claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the federal government. Ultimately, his tactics led to his being discredited and censured by the United States Senate". Senator McCarthy's accusations sparked the Tydings Committee that was set up in February 1950 to conduct "a full and complete study and investigation as to whether persons who are disloyal to the United States are, or have been, employed by the Department of State." The chairman of the subcommittee, Senator Millard Tydings, a Democrat, told McCarthy at the opening of the hearings: "You are in the position of being the man who occasioned this hearing, and so far as I am concerned in this committee you are going to get one of the most complete investigations ever given in the history of this Republic, so far as my abilities will permit."

Tydings labeled McCarthy's charges a "fraud and a hoax," and said that the result of McCarthy's actions was to "confuse and divide the American people[...] to a degree far beyond the hopes of the Communists themselves." Michael Moore is not unlike Millard Tydings in his quest to subvert the truth with pure propaganda, in the lefts attempt to rewrite history. Don't forget that CBS's Lowell Thomas was fundamental in spreading Tydings charges to the public, further discrediting McCarthy.

Propaganda is a serious business if you are pushing the agenda. There is a partial list here of the real enemies of state that McCarthy tried to expose that the Democrats suppressed. I fully expect the band of Communists in our current Congress to defend Moore and find him innocent yet over 50% of the population will still believe and adore that fat ugly bastard.

Posted by: Jack at May 12, 2007 01:06 PM

Moore is a paranoid, lying, morbidly obese misfit who found a way to profit from his disorders. From what I've read, his life is a wretched hell of lawyers and family dysfunction. Good. The asshole will pass on unlamented, unnoticed and unpraised.

Posted by: Rhod at May 12, 2007 01:49 PM

Lynn that is great, thank you for sharing about your cousin and niece.

I agree Moore can pack up and leave.So odd how they enjoy our freedom and then talk about countries that they could not really stand to live in if they had to. They don't appreciate America at all for what it is and stands for.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 12, 2007 11:57 PM

Tom excellent questions!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 12, 2007 11:58 PM

Jack, thank you so much and for the links too.
Very interesting to read about that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 12, 2007 11:59 PM

Rhod, your right, I don't think his following is that big either. Thanks.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 13, 2007 12:01 AM

So he traveled to Cuba. What's the big deal? Even the Cato Institute thinks the trade embargo is ridiculous. Bush is clearly playing politics. I won't judge the movie until I see it.

Posted by: Piper121 at May 14, 2007 05:14 PM

What is wrong with taking a group of ten chronically ill people to get medical attention that they obviously are not getting here in the U.S.A. It is true that many physicians are treating only symptoms and not investigating the root cause of many illnesses, afflictions, diseases, etc. They are either being dumbed down in medical school or have taken an oath to be gatekeepers for the pharmaceutical industry instead of healers of their fellow man.

How would you feel if you were afflicted with some strange, debilitating illness and your condition is dismissed or brushed off as insignificant or "only in your mind" and your symptoms treated with poison pharmachemicals that eventually do more damage to your body and still you are without results for the cause and cure/healing of your condition.

I have to say if you run up against a brick wall in this country regarding the treatment of your medical condition than seek help where you can. Your health, welfare, and safety is first and always should be.

If anyone tries to stop you or block you as is in the case with Michael Moore's experience, then they are contributing to, your possibly dying as a result, or if many seriously ill people are involved, genocide.


Posted by: PristineJ at May 16, 2007 08:50 PM