Monday, May 21, 2007

Moore of the Same

First of all, I want to preface this post by stating that this is NOT a political blog. I'm fairly out of the loop when it comes to politics, nor have I ever claimed to be a part of said loop.

Moving on, Michael Moore is coming out with a new dramedy documentary, "Sicko". If you don't want to click on that link, "Sicko investigate[s] health care with a focus on large American pharmaceutical companies and of corruption in the Food and Drug Administration."

From what I've read, Moore is up to the same old sensationalist tactics to entertain audiences while simultaneously presenting his view on a given subject. At one point Moore even takes soldiers injured in the Iraq war over to Cuba in an attempt to get them better health care than they've received in the United States.

I'm not going to try and argue the finer points of the United States approach to health care, nor Michael Moore's artistic license when it comes to presenting his case. All I'm calling into question is Moore's true motivation behind attacking the health care industry to begin with.

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While I was having my editor look over today's comic, we started discussing the topic at hand.

He put this question to me. If you were to rate the amount of Truth vs. Propaganda in Moore's documentaries, and compare that to the ratio of Truth vs. Propaganda that's come out of the Bush Administration's Press Office, how would they stack up next to each other?

Well, when it comes this stuff, I have no idea what I'm talking about, but what I do know is that this was the most interesting Michael Moore clip I could find on the internet.


Will said...

I would say the truth vs. propaganda is about the same between Moore and the Bush administration. However, it seems Moore as a journalist has a duty to report the truth, as opposed to what he wants us to believe.

As much as we might not like to admit it, the American public does not reward politicians for being truthful. There's no incentive for them to communicate where they've gone wrong. Journalists, on the other hand, have the opportunity and responsibility to present truth as objectively as possible.

D Wheezy said...


But you thought the comic was funny right?

... I mean... right?

Double M said...

Political commentary is not my thing. I tend to leave that to the experts. That said, I'm not a big fan of Moore.

I took the last line of your post as a challenge to find something funny about Moore. Unfortunately, I don't have the patience to sit through all of the long videos on the Internets. There was this one that was on Oprah. Its not really funny, but it is ridiculous (however, I did find myself laughing at the Spanish version for some reason).

I guess this is the best I could do. Nothing like observational comedy.