'SiCKO's' Michael Moore at Odds with Clinton and Obama Oscar Eve

February 23rd, 2008 11:34 AM

If Michael Moore wins an Oscar Sunday for his controversial documentary "SiCKO," it seems certain Hollywoodans and the left will try to use the moment to advance universal healthcare in this country much as they did last year with Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and global warming.

Yet, as media gush over Moore and his socialist healthcare philosophies, will they point out how antagonistic he is to the two Democrat presidential candidates?

In particular, will they address a recent unfriendly exchange between Moore and Hillary Clinton reported by The Hill late Friday evening (h/t NBer Par for the Course, emphasis added throughout):

Moore, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “SiCKO” about the U.S. healthcare system, criticized both Clinton and her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), for failing to support a universal system of government-financed health coverage during their runs for the White House. “The two Democratic candidates don’t quite get it,” he said.

Clinton's campaign responded with a shot at Moore.

"His movie notwithstanding, Michael Moore clearly doesn’t know a whole lot about how healthcare policy works," Clinton spokesman Jay Carson said in an e-mail. He said Clinton's healthcare plan would insure every American and make sure that covering people and not profits are the top priority.

Interesting, wouldn't you agree? Yet, more compelling is the thought of Moore winning on Sunday, and being interviewed on all the morning programs on Monday about his views on the subject.

Think anyone will ask him about this row with Clinton? Or what his views are about both Democrat candidates' positions on healthcare?

While you ponder, The Hill had more:

Moore noted that Clinton and Obama have received more campaign contributions from healthcare interests than any other presidential candidates, including all those who ran for the Republican nomination. Healthcare interests “know which way the wind is blowing” and believe the next president will be a Democrat, Moore said.

For a change, Moore was quite right, as NewsBusters on Thursday shared contribution data recently exposed by the Columbia Journalism Review (emphasis added):

In the pharmaceutical and health product industries, contributions to Clinton total $349,000 and $338,000 to Obama. Again, McCain trails in donations at about $98,000, an indication that the sector sees the real action on the Democratic side of the ballot. Health professionals, which include doctors, nurses, and dentists, have given Clinton some $2.3 million and Obama $1.7 million.

So, if Moore wins on Sunday, will his antagonistic views towards both Democrat presidential candidates be the rage on news programs Monday?

No, I don't think so either.