'American Morning' Takes Michael Moore's Stunt Seriously

When asked if the scene from “Sicko” where Michael Moore passes by Guantanamo Bay was just a publicity student, CNN’s Lola Ogunnaike got serious.

I think he was trying to prove a point. The point he was trying to make is you have these detainees at Guantanamo Bay that in his mind are receiving far better care than the people on 9/11 who are sick now as a result of the injury they sustained rescuing people down at the site of 9/11,” said the pop culture and entertainment correspondent.

Ogunnaike should be on Moore’s payroll instead of CNN’s, because she was basically reading his talking points. The nearly two and a half minute segment was practically a commercial for the film which advocates socialized health care, the abolition of the health insurance industry and a government regulated pharmaceutical industry. The former New York Times reporter was also very earnest about the federal investigation into Moore’s visit to Cuba.

“Well, he’s worried that they might try and confiscate the movie. He is so worried in fact that he has sent a copy overseas and it is in a secret location. He is not playing around with this at all and he’s very scared that this … could destroy what he’s worked for.”

Now that doesn’t sound at all like a publicity stunt, does it?

Julia A. Seymour
Julia A. Seymour
Julia A. Seymour is the Assistant Managing Editor for the MRC's Business and Media Institute.