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Michael Moore takes it to CNN

Two weeks ago I was at the EdMedia conference in Vancouver, BC. Prior to one of the keynote addresses, the American man who appeared to be one of the main organizers of the conference made the announcement that two attendees who needed emergency surgery the previous day were doing fine and recovering nicely. “The medical system in Canada is quite good,” he told the crowd of about five hundred people, “even though they have socialized medicine.” Aside from the fact that this person was insulting the host city and country of the conference, I was even more shocked by the ignorance of this man who seemed completely unaware of what things are like in the rest of the world.

I wonder how we would react to Michael Moore’s Sicko? Perhaps in the same way Lou Dobbs does at the end of this clip of Moore’s appearance on CNN last night.

Meanwhile, Michael Moore blasted Wolf Blitzer, CNN, and the mainstream media last night for their treatment of his film and his argument. Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s report that precedes the interview talks about Moore “fudging facts,” something Moore completely disproves today on his website. If anything Gupta’s goal of “keeping [Moore] honest” with his report, backfires completely on CNN.

This live interview with Moore is one of the best things I’ve seen on US TV in ages. I’ve posted the YouTube version here, but if you want to see something better quality make sure to watch this clip at AlterNet so that you can see the comments from Lou Dobbs and the other news anchor who clearly show their own biases and just how much they don’t get it. The last part is missing from all the other clips I’ve seen of this floating around the internet.

(I first found out about the CNN appearance earlier today on AlterNet, which may well have been the first major blog to cover this story)

Apparently there’s more to come today on CNN, including an appearance with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Larry King Live. I can hardly wait!