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Michael Moore blasted Wolf Blitzer. Sanjay Gupta VS Michael Moore on Larry King.

Posted by QB on July 9, 2007

Michael Moore tear off Wolf Blitzer in pieces. I am so glad he said what am trying to tell CNN Wolf Blitzer and his side kick Jack Cafferty Lou Dobbs from last five years. I believe they never read any of my email. I will publish what Michael Moore said when Situation Room transcript available on CNN website.

Following is Michael Moore interview with Wolf Blitzer. Source : CNN Situation Room Transcripts. Copyright CNN.

Millions of Americans are filling theaters across the country to see Michael Moore’s controversial look at the U.S. healthcare system. “Sicko” was number nine on the top 10 box office draws this weekend. But the movie is being criticized by some who accuse Moore of playing loose with the facts.

Michael Moore will join us here in THE SITUATION ROOM in just a moment. But first a “Reality Check” from our chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Sunjay Gupta reality check upset Michael Moore very much and he promised to post the response on his website. The following was the video report by Sanjay Gupta.

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN SR. MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): “Sicko” throws hard punches at the United States healthcare system, and it seems just about everyone has something to say.

(SOUNDS)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Moore was spot on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The facts, I think, support what I believe.

GUPTA: And Moore presents a lot of facts throughout the movie. But do they all check out? Keeping them honest, we did some digging and we started with the biggie. The United States slipped to number 37 in the world’s healthcare systems.

It’s true, 37 is the ranking, according to the World Health Organization’s latest data on 191 countries. It’s based on general health level, patient satisfaction, access and how it’s paid for. France tops the list. Italy and Spain make it into the top 10. The United Kingdom is 18.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello!

GUPTA: Moore brings a group of patients, including 9/11 workers to Cuba, and marvels at their free treatment and quality of care. But hold on. That WHO list puts Cuba’s healthcare system even lower than the United States, coming in at number 39. Moore asserts that the American healthcare system spends $7,000 per person on health, whereas Cuba spends $25 per person.

Not true, but not too far off. The United States spends $6,096 a year per person versus $229 a year in Cuba. And astronomically more money doesn’t mean far better outcomes. In fact, Americans live just a little bit longer than Cubans on average. So Americans do pay more, but the United States also ranks highest in patient satisfaction.

And Americans have shorter wait times than everyone but Germans when seeking non-emergency elective procedures like hip replacement, cataract surgery or knee repair. That’s not something you’ll see in “Sicko” as Americans tell their tales of lack of coverage and suffocating red tape.

It’s true that the United States is the only country in the Western world without free universal access to health care. But you won’t find medical utopia elsewhere. The film is filled with content Canadians and Brits sitting in waiting rooms, confident care will come.

In Canada, you can be waiting for a long time. A survey of six industrialized nations found that only Canada was worse than the United States when it came to waiting for a doctor’s appointment for a medical problem.

PAUL KECKLEY, DELOITTE HEALTH CARE ANALYST: That’s the reality of those systems. There are quotas. There are planned wait times. The concept that care is free in France and Canada and Cuba, and it’s not. Those citizens pay for health services out of taxes. And as a proportion of their household income, it’s a significant number.

GUPTA: It’s true that the French pay higher taxes and so does nearly every country ahead of the United States on that list. But even higher taxes don’t give all the coverage everyone wants.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Fifteen-to-20 percent of the population will purchase services outside the system of care run by the government.

GUPTA: So, there’s no perfect system anywhere. But no matter how much Moore fudged the facts — and he did fudge some facts — there’s one everyone agrees on. The system here should be far better. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.

BLITZER: Michael Moore is joining us now live from Detroit. Michael, thanks very much for coming in. You want to respond to anything …

MOORE: First of all, Wolf, yeah, well — yeah, I’d like about 10 minutes to respond to what was said.

BLITZER: Give us a couple of headlines, what you’d like to say.

MOORE: I don’t talk in sound bites. So — that report was so biased. I can’t imagine what pharmaceutical company ad’s coming up right after our break here.

But why don’t you tell the truth to the American people? I mean, I wish that CNN and the other mainstream media would just for once tell the truth about what’s going on in this country, whether it’s with healthcare — I don’t care what it is. I mean, you guys have such a poor track record.

And for me to come on here and have to listen to that kind of crap. I mean, seriously, I haven’t been on your show now for three years. The last time I was on, you ran a similar piece about “Fahrenheit 9/11” saying this can’t be true what he’s saying about the war, how it’s going to be a quagmire, the weapons of mass destruction.

You know, and — why don’t you start off actually with my first appearance back here on your show in three years and maybe apologize to me for saying that three years ago, because it turned out everything I said in “Fahrenheit” was true. Everything has come to happen.

Everything I said. I mean, I was — I took you in that film to Walter Reed Hospital and it took three years before you or any of the rest of the mainstream media would go to Walter Reed Hospital and see what was happening to our troops. So for me to have to sit here and listen again to more crap about socialized medicine or how the Canadians have it worse than us and all this, all the statistics show that we have far worse healthcare than these other industrialized countries.

We’re the only ones that don’t have it free and universal. And, you know, there’s a — there’s a — you said that Germany was the only one that was better than us in terms of wait times. The Commonwealth Fund last year showed of the top six countries, we were second to last, next to Canada. It showed that Britain, for instance, 71 percent of the British public, when they call to see a doctor, get to see the doctor that day or the next day. It’s 69 percent in Germany. It’s 66% in Australia. And you’re the ones who are fudging the facts. You fudged the facts to the American people now for I don’t know how long about this issue, about the war.

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? I mean, I’ll sit here for as long as it takes, if you can do that for me.

BLITZER: Just 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 …

MOORE: You 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!

BLITZER: No, no — I don’t know if you’re familiar with Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s record, but I would stack up his record on medical issues with virtually anyone in the business.

MOORE: All right. So when I — when I now put on my Web site, as I will do tonight, how his facts were wrong about the $7,000 that we spend, it’s actually — I’ve read one report now, it’s even more than $7,000 that we spend per person each year in this country. I’m going to put the real facts up there on my Web site so people can see what he said was wrong.

BLITZER: Well, if we get that confirmed, obviously, we’ll correct the record. Sanjay – but I’m just saying … MOORE: Oh, you will? You’ll be getting it.

BLITZER: Sanjay Gupta is not only a doctor and neurosurgeon, but he’s also an excellent, excellent journalist. Look, I saw the film, and it’s a powerful, powerful …

MOORE: I saw Dr. Sanjay Gupta over there embedded with the troops at the beginning of the war. He and the others of you in the mainstream media refused to ask our leaders the hard questions and demand the honest answers. And that’s why we’re in this war — we’re in the fifth year of this war because you and CNN, Dr. Gupta, you didn’t do your jobs back then and now here we are in this mess.

What if you’d actually done the job on that? That’s why anybody who hears anything he anything of what you say now about universal healthcare should question what you’re saying, what you’re putting out there. You didn’t do the job for us with the war. You’re not doing it with this issue. And I just — I just wonder when the American people are going to turn off their TV sets and quit listening to this stuff.

BLITZER: Sanjay Gupta did an excellent job covering that war. He was with the Navy’s medical doctors and he went in and risked his life and actually performed neurosurgery on the scene.

MOORE: You have the questions. Why are we here? That’s the question. Why are we here in this war? Where’s the weapons of mass destruction? Why didn’t you — why did it take you so long, Wolf, to finally take on Vice President Cheney? It took you to 2007 before you made the man mad at you.

BLITZER: Those are fair questions.

MOORE: Four years!

BLITZER: Let’s talk a little …

MOORE: Where were you?

BLITZER: Let’s talk about “Sicko.” That’s the film that you’re here to talk about.

MOORE: Yeah, let’s forget that. Yeah, OK.

BLITZER: There’s plenty to talk about the war. There’s plenty to talk about with “Sicko.”

MOORE: I just haven’t seen you in three years, so I was wondering how you felt for three years of not seeing me after you trashed “Fahrenheit” and said that I was wrong about, oh, yeah, this war was — come on, I’m just waiting for an apology.

BLITZER: Michael, we’ve invited you on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, you’ve declined our invitations the past three years but there are plenty of times we asked you to come on the show and plenty of times you’ve declined.

MOORE: Really? And you wanted to apologize? Why did you want to talk to me?

BLITZER: No, we wanted to interview you. That’s what we do on television. Let’s …

MOORE: You don’t have to apologize to me. Maybe just apologize to the American people and the families of the troops for not doing your job four years ago. We wouldn’t be in this war. If you had done your job. Come on. Just admit it. Just apologize to the American people.

BLITZER: Which of the presidential candidates who are out there right now do you think would do the best job fixing the nation’s healthcare system?

MOORE: Well, the Democrats have to be asked some very specific questions. Too many of them are saying, well, they’re for health care for all people. Very few of them are being as specific as Mr. Kucinich is in saying, well, I support the Conyers bill in Congress HR-676. That’s what we need to hear.

And I would like to hear what these other Democratic candidates are going to say and do in specifics in removing the private insurance companies from the equation. We shouldn’t have profit involved when we talk about taking care of people’s health.

BLITZER: Is there a candidate, though, you think — is Dennis Kucinich your candidate? Who do you think — I know in the film you go after Hillary Clinton. And you’re very, very bipartisan in your criticism in the film, Democrats and Republicans.

MOORE: Yeah. When you say I go after, let’s be clear. I actually think she did a very brave thing to try and address this issue 14 years ago. And they stopped her cold. They went after her with the same kind of, you know, trash pieces I just had to watch. And so that stopped her. And now we’ve had to suffer through 14 more years of having no universal healthcare in this country. Our own government admits that because the 47 million who aren’t insured, we now have about 18,000 people a year that die in this country simply because they don’t have health insurance. That’s six 9/11’s every single year.

If you times that by 14 since Mrs. Clinton was unceremoniously removed from the agenda here, she hasn’t been able to talk about this. She hasn’t really put forth her specific plan. I’m hoping that the people have gone to my movie, the people that are concerned about this issue, will write to Mrs. Clinton and say, please, universal healthcare that’s free for everyone who lives in this country. It will cost us less than what we’re spending now ling the pockets of these private health insurance companies, of these pharmaceutical companies. So there’s still some chance to have an effect on people like her.

And of course, there’s one candidate who isn’t even in the race yet. I don’t know if he will be. But he was right about the war before it began, unlike CNN — did I mention that?

BLITZER: You did.

MOORE: And — and he’s right about global warming and he’s right on this issue, too.

BLITZER: Al Gore. The Democrats, by and large, most of them support some major health reform, including universal healthcare, which is what you support. I want you to listen to what Rudy Giuliani, the Republican front-runner said at the Republican debate that I hosted up in Manchester, New Hampshire. Listen to this.

MOORE: OK.
Michael Moore : You are the ones who are fudging the facts. You fudged the facts to the American people now for I don’t know how long about this issue, about the war. 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?

BLITZER: And that’s just the beginning of what he has to say. Michael Moore, he’s fired up. He’s here in THE SITUATION ROOM. This is an interview you’re going to want to see.

Michael Moore : Why are we here? That’s the question. Why are we here in this war? Where’s the weapons of mass destruction? Why didn’t you — why did it take you so long, Wolf, to finally take on Vice President Cheney?

Michael Moore has published his reply on his website as promised with the video clip of his interview. Following are the links.

CNN Gets Blitzed by Michael Moore

CNN VS Facts

Demand an apology from CNN for Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s biased report on ‘SiCKO’ and for helping the Bush administration lie us into a pointless war.
Demand an aplogy from CNN for Sanjay Gupta’s biased report on Sicko.

The following was posted as comments on Doug’s Darkworld. Michael Moore and my approach towards solving American Health care system is very similar.

The problem with US health care system is that rich politicians love to talk about the broken system without really ever try to fix it. I really don’t understand why US can’t build their free health system for all its citizens like Canadian Free health System. The US government can spend 500 billions on Iraq and Afghanistan war and I believe introducing free health care system can’t be that expensive.

The only problem with free health care system is that it will hurt the Insurance companies and no politician ready to hurt their “Masters” financially.

The people who are searching for Sanjay Gupta apology for not accurately reporting the true facts and figures in his report. Sanjay Gupta did only apologize for one mistake of misquoting the Cuba per capita medical expenses and he is still sticking to his numbers and figures. Sanjay Gupta and Michael Moore were on Larry King last night for 30 minutes. Sanjay Gupta asked Michael Moore to concede on the figures. According to Michael Moore figures quoted by Sanjay Gupta are from 2004 data and his own figures are from 2007 data. Michael Moore again promised to post more facts on his website.

Sanjay Gupta look like is getting paid by big corporations to attack countries with free health care system for all its citizens including Canada. Sanjay Gupta said that waiting period to see a doctor is 6 days minimum but he did not mention that there are thousands of walk in clinics where patient can get medical care immediately. The patients go to emergency if they fear that they are having heart attack but Sunjay Gupta said that people who fear they are having heart attack have to wait six days minimum is total crap coming out of his mouth.

There is waiting time for bypass surgery and other operations which are not life threatening. Sanjay Gupta is not a honest person and I personally can’t trust him for any medical care. It look like the mainstream news media reporters get paid to promote big corporations and protect their interests. Wolf Blitzer, Lou Dobbs, Paula Zahn, Anderson Cooper all must be getting paid for not reporting the truth.

Michael Moore I can trust. This man is trying to protect the interests of common poor Americans.

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6 Responses to “Michael Moore blasted Wolf Blitzer. Sanjay Gupta VS Michael Moore on Larry King.”

  1. ClapSo said

    That’s spot on QB. It says why the US health care system is a failure. If anyone want to get some answers about this issue I suggest:

    Physicians for a National Health Program

    It’s the best site I’ve seen on the subject of the FAILED US health care system and how to fix it.

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  2. QB said

    Thank you ClapSo. I sure will look at the link. Thanks again.

  3. ChenZhen said

    I’m gonna just have to see the movie I guess.

  4. QB said

    You can go to Michael Moore website and watch his interview and the reply he posted for Sanjay Gupta’s biased reporting.

  5. sandrar said

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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