Michael Moore came out swinging in âThe Situation Roomâ? with Wolf Blitzer on CNN last evening. First, CNN replayed a several-days old report by Sanjay Gupta that concluded that Moore âfudged the factsâ? in his âSickoâ? documentary on the U.S. health care system.
Then Blitzer led off with an insipid, insulting introduction of Moore: âGive us a couple of headlines, what you’d like to say.â?
MOORE (excerpts of a long answer): âI don’t talk in sound bites. That report was so biased. I can’t imagine what pharmaceutical company ad’s coming up right after our break here. â¦ I mean, you guys have such a poor track record. â¦ And I’m just curious when are you going to just stand there and apologize to the American people for not bringing the truth to them that isn’t sponsored by some major corporation?â?
BLITZER: âJust in fairness, we had a lot of commercials for “Sicko” that we’ve been running on CNN as well. So we have commercials. This is a business, obviously. But let’s talk a little bit about …â?
MOORE: âYou have a nightly medical report. You have something called “The Daily Dose.” I watch CNN. You have it every day. “The Daily Dose” sponsored by — fill in the blank. And you are funded by these people day in and day out. Don’t even compare that to my movie being out for a couple of weeks and a couple of rinky-dink ads for 15 seconds. Come on. Come on, Wolf!â?
Did Blitzer actually claim that CNN was being fair to Moore by taking his money to run his commercials? Does this acclaimed anchorman actually believe that commercial content should be taken into account when one judges editorial balance? Or was Blitzer suddenly commenting on CNNâs ad sales policies? Either way, Iâll join Mooreâs plea: âCome on. Wolf!â?
CNN doesnât have a journalist that can stand up to Moore on a discussion about health care policy issues because it doesnât have a journalist that has researched health policy issues in this country as much as Moore and his documentary team has. And that was clear in yesterdayâs silly situation as Wolf got Blitzed in âThe Situation Room.â?