BlognonyBITS - FOX News and The Devil's Ice Skates
Filmmaker Michael Moore's brilliant and uplifting new documentary, "Sicko," deals with the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, both real and perceived. But this time around, the controversial documentarian seems to be letting the subject matter do the talking, and in the process shows a new maturity.I suspect that when I see it, I won't describe Sicko as 'uplifting', but is this really FAUX News, the outlet we all know and hate? Have the times changed this much?
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Suzie-q... Me too. Though I suspect that when I walk out I'll be so pissed my blog entry on it will burn holes in my keyboard.
Lew... Moore's probably saving that for a whole expose on Murdoch and Fox.
Are they practicing journalsim now?
Aaron... Naw. Probably just pandering to raise their bottom line. They've been losing market share for a year now.
I took it as a throw back, that this piece wasn't a pile of propaganda like F911, according to Faux.
I look forward to seeing this film.
""Sicko," deals with the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, both real and perceived."
Perceived failings. In other words, Fox very kindly said he was, as usual, full of crap. Every system has its strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, to state that the US healthcare system has failings is stating a truism.
But this movie goes off the deep end when it brings Cuba into the picture.
It doesn't take much to know this is the case when the movie-maker takes a silly ride to Cuba, where contrary to the notion that the country enjoys universal healthcare, in fact, everyone receives virtually no healthcare.
Granted, the service is uniform. Crappy for everyone, except, the few people with power who can either zip to Spain or another site where competent medical personnel are available.
I've got Cuban friends with family members who are still there. As they will tell you, the country lacks everything. Electricity, cars, gasoline, air conditioners, computers, telephones, paint, basic industries, freedom of every kind, and most of all, the kind of skills it takes to build a good economy.
Why would you believe a country -- an island prison -- incapable of finding oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, where we find huge quantities, is able to give medical care to 11 million people.
It can't produce adequate food for 11 million. Not even enough soap. But you and others are willing to believe a gasbag like Michael Moore who says a failing dictatorship can provide quality medical care on a mass scale.
Castro will die soon because his doctors botched his treatment last year. That tells you all that's necessary about Cuban medical skill.
Meanwhile, it's irrelevant that prisoners at our Guantanamo base receive good healthcare. Inmates at lots of US prison facilities receive decent treatment. Furthermore, the doctors at Guantanamo are members of the US military. They are doing their duty.
Perceived failings. In other words, Fox very kindly said he was, as usual, full of crap.
Well I think I know what's crap here, and it isn't necessarily Moore's opinions. Couldn't be the failings perceived by the American public, could it? No. Not a chance, because that would mean that Moore's documentary might be looking at another important aspect of the issue.
Let me ask: You've seen the film, right? Hence your well-informed "deep end" remark. So, how was Cannes?
Diva... Didn't know that. Maybe that division will forment an insurrection and take over. Could we get that lucky?