Michael Moore as Dan Rather?
Is Michael Moore a journalist? Well, he’s certainly just as one-sided and biased as many on the network news. So I guess he qualifies in that way.
One thing is certain. Moore, the director of the new anti-healthcare industry movie “Sicko,” thinks he qualifies. He said in the June 1 Entertainment Weekly that he embraces bias and one-sided story telling. “In my case, it’s going to take 20 or 30 years to figure out what I came up with, because while it’s journalism, it’s also satire couple with a large sprinkling of opinion to create a work of art,” said Moore.
His definition of “journalism” means bias. When asked if he had “an obligation to at least give the insurance companies the chance to say no to you” about an interview, Moore showed his true propaganda colors. “Absolutely not,” he responded. “They already have their forum. It’s called the nightly news. Their story is told over and over again. You never hear the other side.”
Moore is right about the “other side” never getting on the nightly news, but that side is the side of industry. According to a Business & Media Institute analysis of ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, “nearly 80 percent of the stories excluded the viewpoint of the pharmaceutical industry, failing to include either a company statement or a company spokesman.”
There are several other goodies. Go to the Business & Media site to see the rest from the left’s own Leni Riefenstahl.