While I read the New York Times every day they are damned near as much of a propaganda rag as Fox News, a conduit for the government version of the story.
These fucks were a major reason a lot of us initially supported the war in Iraq. It is pretty bad when Al Jazeera becomes one of the countervailing voices against which I check some news stories. Or World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Worker.
I find more actual investigative journalism with limited resource bloggers than major media outlets who are so afraid of angering the ultra right wing they print the right wing lies and propaganda instead of the truth.
No wonder the right wingers in the government are willing to go to almost any lengths to suppress Wikileaks and Julian Assange. He is exposing the pettiness and banality of the American propaganda war in support of Corporate fascism and the Military/Corporate empire.
Film-maker says diplomats made up the story to discredit film that showed healthcare was worse in US than Cuba
Saturday, 18 December 2010
American diplomats made up a story that Cuba banned Michael Moore‘s 2007 documentary, Sicko, in an attempt to discredit the film which painted an unflattering picture of the US healthcare system, the film-maker said today.
A confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks claimed that Castro’s government banned the Oscar-nominated film because it painted such a “mythically” favourable picture of Cuba’s healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a “popular backlash”.
But Moore said that far from being supressed by Havana, the film – which attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system – was shown on national television.
The film-maker said on his blog that the diplomatic cable, dated 31 January 2008, was “a stunning look at the Orwellian nature of how bureaucrats for the state spin their lies and try to recreate reality (I assume to placate their bosses and tell them what they want to hear)”.
He added: “The entire nation of Cuba was shown the film on national television on April 25, 2008! The Cubans embraced the film so much so it became one of those rare American movies that received a theatrical distribution in Cuba. I personally ensured that a 35mm print got to the Film Institute in Havana. Screenings of ‘Sicko’ were set up in towns all across the country.”