by Tony Medley
This film is so
transparently biased and manipulative that it will fool only extremists,
who have a lock-step mindset. One critic at my screening made a comment
disparaging someone who actually criticized Michael Moore. Imagine that;
criticizing Michael Moore? Heavens, what gall!
Michael Moore fans
rarely do any investigation about what they see in his films, meekly
accepting what the he puts on the screen as gospel. ďFact-checkingĒ is
apparently not part of their psyche. On the other hand, itís a main part
of the way I view my obligation, regardless of the point of view of the
film. So who could expect any of them to question the factual basis of
one of their icons like Moore?
A large part of the film is
taken up with Moore showing how wonderful everything is in France and
how much in love with the government all the French are, including some
expatriate Americans living there. Poor Michael. How could he know that
shortly after wrapping his film, the French would throw the Government
out in an unprecedented repudiation of how things are going and in a
landslide replace the surprisingly leftist government of the corrupt
Jacques Chirac with the much more conservative Nicolas Sarkozy who will
institute policies that will be anathema to Michael. Too late to recut
the movie, so Michael is stuck with about 40 minutes, the heart of the
film, of Frenchie after Frenchie telling about how much they love the
government thatís no longer in power and how sorry they feel for the
poor Americans who have to live under a government that is much like the
one the vast majority of Frenchies just installed.
Michael jumps on an
extremely poor analogy when one guy he interviews says that he can call
a plumber and have him there in an hour, but to get a doctor is almost
impossible. The difference is that nobody has plumbing insurance. Itís
the insurance thatís causing the problem. Michael apparently isnít
astute enough to realize that this analogy kills his point. We didnít
have all this insurance in the 1950s and this guy heís interviewing
could call his doctor in the 1950s and get him to come over and treat
him. Now, with all the health insurance that abounds, and all the
government regulation, thatís impossible. This is apparently over
Thatís not all. To
emphasize how terrible health care is in America, Michael takes us to
the Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, one of the
most notoriously bad hospitals in the world. Only recently Edith
Elizabeth Rodriguez, an elderly lady, died on the floor of the Emergency
room, where she had collapsed and moaned and suffered for several hours
as the Emergency Room techs ignored her. As a result, the hospital is
doomed to closure. This is typical Michael Moore. Take one notorious
hospital and make a generalization that every hospital in the United
States is similar. One bad hospital does not Michaelís point make.
As shown above, this film
is just more of Michaelís pathetic propaganda. Moore takes specific
instances and draws broad conclusions from them. He ends it up in
typical Moore fashion, taking three 9/11 survivors who claim to have
been ill-treated by the American government to Cuba where, naturally,
they get wonderful care. In the process, Moore claims that Cuba has
lower infant mortality and a longer life span than Americans. Michael
fails to mention that Cuba has the highest abortion rate in the Western
Hemisphere, the highest suicide rate, and the lowest fertility rate.
But, hey, those facts would be pretty inconvenient to Michaelís point.
Michael wants other people
to pay for the health care of the 10% of Americans who donít have health
insurance. Why should anyone pay for anyone elseís health insurance?
Michael never explains.
As bad as his skewed facts,
this Moore production is incredibly boring, something of which Michael
has not been accused in the past.
June 20, 2007