[Sayma-Discuss] Fwd: CNN Throws in Towel, Admits to Two Errors

Free Polazzo freepolazzo at comcast.net
Wed Jul 18 13:13:32 EDT 2007


A message about our health care INSURANCE system and why we are 
paying too much for too little.     From a guy who is really 
emotional.  More than me, even!  ;-)


>CNN Throws in Towel, Admits to Two Errors, and States That All 
>'Sicko' Facts Are True to Their Source (or something like that)... 
>Moore Realizes All This is Huge Distraction and Then Spends More 
>Precious Time Thanking Paris Hilton for Seeing 'Sicko'... Meanwhile, 
>More than 300 Americans Die Because They Had No Health Insurance 
>During the 8-Day Gupta-Moore War...
>July 17th, 2007
>The mighty CNN, in a lengthy and sad online defense of 
><http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpKoN40K7mA>their woe-begotten 
>'Sicko' story of last Monday, has admitted that they did indeed 
>fudge at least two of the facts in their coverage of my film and 
>have apologized for it:
>1. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN: "To be clear, I got a number wrong in my 
>original report, substituting the number 25, instead of 251." -- 
>Conversation with Michael Moore, July 11th, 2007; and
>2. CNN: "Moore is correct. Paul Keckley left Vanderbilt in late 
>2006." -- 
>Response to Michael Moore, July 15th, 2007.
>Furthermore, CNN confirmed that all of our statistics in "Sicko" are 
>the correct numbers from the sources we cited. Although CNN still 
>prefers to use older World Health Organization statistics, we will 
>stick to using this year's Bush administration stats and more recent 
>U.N. data. (In "Sicko," we consistently use only U.N. Human 
>Development Statistics unless it's for studies they don't do or have 
>recent numbers for.) CNN did apologize for these two factual errors, 
>but no apology seems to be coming for the rest of their errors. 
>These days, to get the mainstream media to admit they were wrong is 
>rare; to get them to admit it twice, as they have with "Sicko," I 
>guess should be considered a whopping victory. Will they eventually 
>apologize for the rest, or for their reporting on the war? Will the 
>Cubs win the World Series this year?
>So the truce has been signed, the peace pipe has been smoked. And 
>the public is left with a much more cautious and wary eye when it 
>comes to CNN. To be fair, this is what happens when you have to 
>grind out "news" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a staff you 
>have shrunk through layoffs over the years (like all the broadcast 
>networks have done). You end up rushed and having interns do your 
>research. You have robots replace live camera operators. And, if 
>you're CNN, you are constantly dodging the accusation that you are 
>"too liberal." So when you do a piece on someone like me, you have 
>to make sure you add superfluous and standard ad hominems attacking 
>me simply to prove that you are NOT too liberal. I get it.
>Until the last month or so, I have not appeared on a single national 
>TV show for nearly 2 and 1/2 years. After the attacks I had to 
>endure three years ago, from a media intent on questioning my 
>patriotism because I dared to speak out against the war when none in 
>the media would, I decided I had had enough and would simply 
>concentrate on making my next film. I had no desire to participate 
>in networks that were complicit in the war because of their refusal 
>the challenge the commander in chief.
>I have to admit, though, I do feel kinda bad taking it all out on 
>Wolf Blitzer. It's not like he's the official representative of the 
>mainstream media. I mean, he's from Buffalo, for crying out loud! He 
>said to me at the end of the show last week to please come back on 
>"anytime you want." I will take him up on that offer and appear 
>again with him tomorrow (Wednesday). I'm not expecting a dozen roses 
>or make-up sex -- I only want a promise that there will be no more 
>distorted distractions so we can have a decent discussion about the 
>REAL issues like why 18,000 Americans die every year because they 
>don't have a health insurance card. More than 300 of them died this 
>week. As Ehrlichman said to Nixon in "Sicko": "The less care they 
>give 'em, the more money they (the insurance companies) make."
>THAT'S the only thing we should be talking about. How profit and 
>greed are killing our fellow Americans. How profit and private 
>insurance have to be removed from our health care system. CNN should 
>join me in asking why our 9/11 rescue workers aren't receiving 
>medical care. Somebody should send a crew to Canada to find out why 
>they live longer than we do, and why no Canadian has ever gone 
>bankrupt because of medical bills. And all of the media should start 
>saying how much it costs to go to a doctor in these other top 
>industrialized countries: Nothing. Zip. It's FREE. Don't patronize 
>Americans by saying, "Well, it's not free -- they pay for it with 
>taxes!" Yes, we know that. Just like we know that we drive down a 
>city street for FREE -- even though we paid for that street with our 
>taxes. The street is FREE, the book at the library is FREE, if your 
>house catches on fire, the fire department will come and put it out 
>for FREE, and if someone snatches your purse, the police officer 
>will chase down the culprit and bring your purse back to you -- AND 
>These are all free services, collectively socialized and paid for 
>with our tax dollars. To argue that health care -- a life and death 
>issue for many -- should not be considered in the same league is 
>ludicrous and archaic. And trust me, once you add up what you pay 
>for out-of-pocket in premiums, deductibles, co-pays, overpriced 
>medicines, and treatments that aren't covered (not to mention all 
>the other things we pay for like college education, day care and 
>other services that many countries provide for at little or no 
>cost), we, as Americans, are paying far more than the Canadians or 
>Brits or French are paying in taxes. We just don't call these things 
>taxes, but that's exactly what they are.
>See you all when I'm back on CNN tomorrow -- where the discussion 
>will be not be about whose statistics are right, but rather about 
>the guy without insurance who died while I was writing this letter.
>Michael Moore
><mailto:mmflint at aol.com>mmflint at aol.com
>P.S. Oh... I forgot to tell you about Paris Hilton. Apparently 
>cooped up for too long at home since getting out of jail, she 
>decided to head out for a night on the town. But where does she go? 
>Clubbing? Cruising down the Strip? No! She and her sister decide to 
>  see "Sicko." Now THAT'S news! So, no more bad words about Paris Hilton!
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