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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Wikileaks' exposes useful idiot, Michael Moore

How is this for priceless irony. The Guardian reveals a document in the Wikileaks releases from US diplomats in Havana that indicates that the Cubans have banned the airing of Michael Moore's film, Sicko. Unlike Michael Moore, they recognized a fantasy when they was one. They don't want their own citizens to see the special facility that Moore was fooled into thinking was typical of Cuban health care.
Cuba banned Michael Moore's 2007 documentary, Sicko, because it painted such a "mythically" favourable picture of Cuba's healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a "popular backlash", according to US diplomats in Havana.

The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks , is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system.

But the memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so "disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room".

Castro's government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it "knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them."
Moore was too blinded by his own biases to not recognize how he was being duped by the Cubans.
The cable describes a visit made by the FSHP to the Hermanos Ameijeiras hospital in October 2007. Built in 1982, the newly renovated hospital was used in Michael Moore's film as evidence of the high-quality of healthcare available to all Cubans.

But according to the FSHP, the only way a Cuban can get access to the hospital is through a bribe or contacts inside the hospital administration. "Cubans are reportedly very resentful that the best hospital in Havana is 'off-limits' to them," the memo reveals.

According to the FSHP, a more "accurate" view of the healthcare experience of Cubans can be seen at the Calixto Garcia Hospital. "FSHP believes that if Michael Moore really wanted the 'same care as local Cubans', this is where he should have gone," the cable states.

A 2007 visit by the FSHP to this "dilapidated" hospital, built in the 1800s, was "reminiscent of a scene from some of the poorest countries in the world," the cable adds.

The memo points out that even the Cuban ruling elite leave Cuba when they need medical care. Fidel Castro, for example, brought in a Spanish doctor during his health crisis in 2006. The vice-minister of health, Abelardo Ramirez, went to France for gastric cancer surgery. The neurosurgeon whoheads CIMEQ [Centro de Investigaciones M̩dico-Quir̼rgicas] hospital Рwidely regarded as one of the best in Cuba Рcame to England for eye surgery, returning periodically for checkups.

"After living in Cuba for two and a half years, treating numerous Cuban employees at USINT, and interacting with many other Cubans, the FSHP believes … preventive medicine in Cuba is a by-gone ideal, rather than the standard practice of care," the memo concludes.
Anyone who knows anything about Communist countries knows that there are special facilities and stores reserved for the elites and tourists. Only a willing dupe, a useful idiot like Michael Moore would believe that such facilities represent the real story.

How delicious that Michael Moore wanted to put up some of the bail to get Assange out of jail. He just can't wait to get duped again. All he cares about is making America look bad. The truth or the impact of his lies don't mean anything to him.

UPDATE: Allahpundit links to this excerpt from 20/20 as John Stossel skewers Moore and his fictional so-called documentary.

UPDATE: Michael Moore denies that Cuba banned his movie. He challenges the truth of the leaked cable. Who knows what the truth is. But we do know that his depiction of Cuban health care was way wide of the truth. Moore doesn't bother to deny that fact.


pumping-irony said...

It's hard to imagine what Moore's motives are in spreading his rot. Does he hate this country so much that he is willing to believe any lie about it? Or is he just so desperate to make money and get attention that he'll push anything he thinks the audience will buy? Whatever his motives are, truth is apparently not among them.

Locomotive Breath said...

If there is anything "good" about these leaks it's that the people who wrote the leaked items were expecting confidentiality and were most likely more willing to be frankly truthful.