Several conservative and right wing blogs (including some here on Livejournal)
giddily picked up on a report that a Wikileaks document indicated that Cuba had banned showings of Michael Moore's Sicko
because "for depicting a'mythical' health care system - Authorities feared footage of gleaming hospital in Michael Moore's Oscar-nominated film would provoke a popular backlash."
The Wikileaks cable states
January 31, 2008
XXXXXXXXXXXX stated that Cuban authorities have banned Michael Moore's documentary, "Sicko," as being subversive. Although the film's intent is to discredit the U.S. healthcare system by highlighting the excellence of the Cuban system, he said the regime 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.
The only trouble is, Sicko
had a Cuban premiere, and was also being shown on Cuban national TV
Cuba's health minister also gave an interview to an AP reporter, and praised the film as well, saying "Cuba's health minister Jose Ramon Balaguer said Friday that American filmmaker Michael Moore's documentary 'Sicko' highlights the human values of the island's communist-run government... "There can be no doubt this documentary by a personality like Mr. Michael Moore helps promote the profoundly human principles of Cuban society." Additionally, an extensive clip was available on the Cuban National Media Roundtable website.
Michael Moore rightfully blasted the media for failing to do even basic homework in an editorial today.
In the documentary, several 9/11 responders were taken to Cuba when they were unable to get treatment in the United States for treatment for illnesses related to their rescue efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The victims were treated with no charge, and the only questions asked at intake were their names and date of birth. ( Collapse )
--------------------(1). Source translated from Spanish:
"The documentary Sicko, the U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore, which deals about the deplorable state of American health care system will be released today at 5:50 pm, for the space Cubavision Roundtable and the Education Channel."