Great news: Cuba banned Michael Moore documentary for being too rosy about Cuban health care

posted at 9:25 pm on December 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

No foolin’. So fulsomely slavish to the cause have our progressive icons become that their propaganda now makes even the Castros blush. Keep on rocking, “reality-based community.”

Incidentally, this story comes from a Wikileaks document. Second look at Assange?

[T]he memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so “disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room”.

Castro’s government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it “knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them.”…

The cable describes a visit made by the FSHP to the Hermanos Ameijeiras hospital in October 2007. Built in 1982, the newly renovated hospital was used in Michael Moore’s film as evidence of the high-quality of healthcare available to all Cubans.

But according to the FSHP, the only way a Cuban can get access to the hospital is through a bribe or contacts inside the hospital administration. “Cubans are reportedly very resentful that the best hospital in Havana is ‘off-limits’ to them,” the memo reveals.

It’s no secret outside Cuba that their health-care system falls very, very short of its egalitarian pretensions — just watch the Stossel clip below — but apparently the government’s media channels have kept that fact well hidden on the island. Ah well. Pity poor Michael Moore, who in another time and place and in a different political system would be a prized minister of “truth.” As it is, he has to make do with being a fabulously wealthy semi-ridiculous media curio. Life isn’t always fair, my friends.

Exit question one: If, as expected, Moore’s supporters claim this report isn’t accurate, where does that leave us vis-a-vis Wikileaks? Any second thoughts among Assange’s defenders about doing a mass document dump of cables into the news stream when not all of them might be true? Exit question two: What should Moore’s next “documentary” be about? I think I have just the topic.

Update (Ed): It’s worth pointing out that one of the people pledging money to Assange’s bail efforts was none other than Michael Moore himself.  Schadenfreude-tastic!

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“Useful idiot.”

That says it all.

locomotivebreath1901 on December 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Yeah, it’s good news. But a little late to be relevant.

Machiavelli Hobbes on December 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Will this finally be the end of the fat man?

John the Libertarian on December 17, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Wow. The last two weeks just can not get any funnier….. Look, Mikey, you’re so useful to the Castro regime that they’re banning you—nice work, you tool, here’s your sign.

ted c on December 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM

I think Michael Moore should take his earnings, invest wisely, and just go become a recluse or something. He’s simply…a waste of skin.

capejasmine on December 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM


Incidentally, this story comes from a Wikileaks document. Second look at Assange?

HAHAHA … I bet Moore wishes he could get his $20,000 bail money back!

Tony737 on December 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM


“Cubans are reportedly very resentful that the best hospital in Havana is ‘off-limits’ to them,”

Coming soon (2014) to an American hospital near you.


… just watch the Stossel clip below …

He’s on Fox right now.

Tony737 on December 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM

i respectable media would get an interview with Moore to ask him about this.

jp on December 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM

That Wikileaks document is just Bush-era propaganda to undermine my ‘truth to power.’ – M. Moore

Firefly_76 on December 17, 2010 at 9:34 PM

He’s not particularly useful.

ncborn on December 17, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Here’s a little trip down memory lane for you.

backwoods conservative on December 17, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Dismiss the Israel hating kooks all you want… but I really wouldn’t be surprised if this was one big psyop…

ninjapirate on December 17, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Michael Moore banned in Cuba
Obama pleads with Congress to extends Bush Tax Cuts
Silence from the AGW crowd
No Clinton or Kennedy is running for national office

Have the Earth’s magnetic poles reversed?

pedestrian on December 17, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Hmmmm, does that mean Moore’s check for wikiboy’s bail is going to bounce?

Gohawgs on December 17, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Michael Moore, why people are worried about Chris Christie’s weight.

Slowburn on December 17, 2010 at 9:44 PM

does assange read everything he releases?

jp on December 17, 2010 at 9:44 PM

“Pity poor Michael Moore, who in another time and place and in a different political system would be a prized minister of “truth.””

… That, and a professional clown that likes little children a little too much.

Seven Percent Solution on December 17, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Assmange may lose the support of the left if he is not more careful with his dumps.

slickwillie2001 on December 17, 2010 at 9:56 PM

John the Libertarian on December 17, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Sadly, no.

The MSM will pretend it never happened.

The fat boy will pretend it never happened.

Only honest and clear-eyed people will remember his lies, arrogance, and self-delusion.

I can’t scorn him any further than I already do.

He is beyond redemption, and damned.

That’s all I need to know.

CPT. Charles on December 17, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I think I have just the topic.

What is the deal with that man and that country?

Cindy Munford on December 17, 2010 at 9:59 PM

You don’t need to go to Cuba to get a look at Government run hospital care. Hannity, Beck, somebody needs to bring a camera crew to Baton Rouge and visit our State run Earl K. Long Hospital. My stepson, attorney, grew up in Baton Rouge and now lives in Chicago. We debated Government run health care and when I told him if you want to know what Gov. run HC looks like, think EKLong. That shut him up!

SoldiersMom on December 17, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Michael Moore recently checked himself into a luxury weight loss spa in Cuba…

Just kidding, it was in Florida:

http://dailycaller.com/2010/12/09/michael-moore-recently-checked-into-luxury-weight-loss-spa/

gumble on December 17, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Lumpy was actually at a Fat Farm in Florida last month. This explains why he didn’t go to one in Cuba instead.

May have to fire up the shortwave wireless to see what Radio Habana has to say about this. They usually boom in this time of year in English on exactly 6.000

Yep, there they are!

Del Dolemonte on December 17, 2010 at 10:02 PM

SoldiersMom on December 17, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I hear some of the New Orleans ones aren’t exactly health care paradises, either. Ever heard of Charity?

Del Dolemonte on December 17, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Progressive R us,hehe,ahem!!

canopfor on December 17, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Happy and Gay,

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,a bigot!(sarc).

canopfor on December 17, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Up next,

Moore does North Korea as the beacon
of Nutrional Cutting Edge Developments!!

canopfor on December 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Up next,

Moore does North Korea as the beacon
of Nutrional Cutting Edge Developments!!

canopfor on December 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM

“Hi, I’m Euell Gibbons. Did you know that you can eat dirt?”

Del Dolemonte on December 17, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Here’s a little trip down memory lane for you.

backwoods conservative on December 17, 2010 at 9:38 PM

backwoods conservative:Thank-You,that was a brilliant
Fred Thompson smack-down!:)

canopfor on December 17, 2010 at 10:14 PM

canopfor on December 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM
=========================
“Hi, I’m Euell Gibbons. Did you know that you can eat dirt?”

Del Dolemonte on December 17, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Del Dolemonte:Especially with twigs and leaves,ahem!
(sarc).

canopfor on December 17, 2010 at 10:16 PM

MeH!!

He’s in it to make the $$$. This means nothing. Except, of course, to the rubes that actually paid to see the turd’s movie.

I’m not sure if some one like Moore even bothers with rationalization…He seems to be a ‘Whatevah..I got paid’ type of a$$hole….

BigWyo on December 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Fat F’n Idiot just seems more accurate!

dmann on December 17, 2010 at 10:23 PM

“you are like sooo thirteenth century”

LOL!

sammypants on December 17, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Michael Moore is NO useful idiot. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he made that documentary.

Moore was so consumed by his pride and his own partisan enthusiasm, telling the truth was never a part of his goals. It’s ridiculous to think that Moore had no clue what was going on in Cuba. He’s slimy, but he’s no idiot.

No, the useful idiots were the democrat drones who swallowed his BS as speaking “truth” to “power”.

Jewels on December 17, 2010 at 10:46 PM

ap,
good work, whoever you are.

rob verdi on December 17, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Joseph Goebbels’ corpulent kid nephew, with some Trotsky hot sauce sloshed on.

Typical short-term partisan hackmeister finally getting fact-checked..

He’s overdue for an adipose exit… a liposuction of shame.

profitsbeard on December 17, 2010 at 11:39 PM

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411646/

shorebird on December 18, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Will this finally be the end of the fat man?

John the Libertarian on December 17, 2010 at 9:28 PM

You know it won’t be John. He just needs a documentary angle and some pocket cash. His productions are typically low budget.

hawkdriver on December 18, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Back in the early ’90′s some fool out in North Korea thought broadcasting video of civil unrest in South Korea would play well amongst the North Koreans, showing them how the poor South Koreans were being beaten on the streets by bandit thugs of the imperialist USA and their Seoul-based stooges.

Didn’t work out so well…had a few small riots and a couple raids on some NK government offices. Actually, our first evidence of any sort of civil unrest in North Korea.

The problem?

The propaganda videos showed South Koreans wearing pretty decent clothing, the shop windows that were being broken by the South Korean students were full of all sorts of goods, clothing, food, food, yeah, that was a big one…and a lot of North Koreans got a glimpse as to how really really bad they had it under the benevolence of Kim Il-song when their downtrodden countrymen to the South who were under the thumb of the nasty imperialists had it pretty damn nice…real nice.

Cuba has the same sort of concerns.

It wasn’t radio Marti that caused all the problems for Cuba back in the 80′s and 90′s…it was Miami Vice and a host of other regularly scheduled broadcast American TV programs. Cubans swam 90 miles for a Big Mac.

As for Michael Moore…what a tool. Not even a useful idiot from the Commie point of view.

coldwarrior on December 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Second look at Assange?

No.

Dopenstrange on December 18, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Interesting, but this:

according to US diplomats in Havana.

makes me a bit dubious.

DaveO on December 18, 2010 at 12:57 AM

It bugs me whenever there is a comparison with America it always the best of “theirs” and the worst of ours. Why not make it more fair by comparing the best Cuban hospital to the Mayo Clinic? Heck even pick the best hospital in any major city. Same for schools, an elite academy in China versus an inner city zoo in LA etc.

Don’t dump on Charity in New Orleans. It was for a time the very best place to go for a gunshot wound. The military used to send doctors there for frontline experience. It was/is a miserable hospital not really because of the care but the quality of the patients. It is pretty hard to keep a clean environment when it contains filthy people (patients/family) with only a tenuous grasp of civil hygiene. I’d bet on average, Charity would beat the Cuban hospital (they certainly would not have nearly killed Castro), and would certainly beat 50% of the NHS hospitals.

deadman on December 18, 2010 at 1:06 AM

Why did it take Wikileaks for us to know this?

slickwillie2001 on December 18, 2010 at 1:15 AM

So why was this information classified?

Doesn’t it seem odd that the Cuban government can know this and our government can know this… and 2 million of our government’s closest friends. But the rest of us peons are too, what? risky?, to be trusted to know that even the Cuban’s think Micheal Moore is an idiot?

I don’t understand why this information had to be leaked.

There are far too many things we are not being told.

It lessens my trust of government even more.

petunia on December 18, 2010 at 1:56 AM

So why was this information classified?

Doesn’t it seem odd that the Cuban government can know this and our government can know this… and 2 million of our government’s closest friends. But the rest of us peons are too, what? risky?, to be trusted to know that even the Cuban’s think Micheal Moore is an idiot?

I don’t understand why this information had to be leaked.

There are far too many things we are not being told.

Are we a government by the people and for the people? Or are we a government hidden from the people?

This is government where only the handpicked few, handpicked by the elites, get to see the bigger picture… the rest of us are spoon fed “safe” information.

petunia on December 18, 2010 at 2:00 AM

oops. It’s late.

petunia on December 18, 2010 at 2:00 AM

Liberal icon Moore called out on his cut’n'paste lies again.
This should earn him another seat in the Presidential box at the next DNC convention.

Baxter Greene on December 18, 2010 at 2:51 AM

I’d bet on average, Charity would beat the Cuban hospital (they certainly would not have nearly killed Castro), and would certainly beat 50% of the NHS hospitals.

I worked for the NHS as a surgeon. The hospitals were clean but I saw patients die there that would have been saved in the US. The indigent poor in our country get better and faster treatment than the average patient in Britain.

redeye on December 18, 2010 at 3:46 AM

If rational people were able to always remember that Liberals are consistently and in large numbers willing to lie to promote their imagined “greater good,” the world would be a very different place.

scotash on December 18, 2010 at 5:35 AM

I’d bet on average, Charity would beat the Cuban hospital (they certainly would not have nearly killed Castro), and would certainly beat 50% of the NHS hospitals.
I worked for the NHS as a surgeon. The hospitals were clean but I saw patients die there that would have been saved in the US. The indigent poor in our country get better and faster treatment than the average patient in Britain.

redeye on December 18, 2010 at 3:46 AM

Yes, but isn’t that what Obamacare wants to happen? The more that die, the better for the rest of mankind?

tbear44 on December 18, 2010 at 6:17 AM

LOL…ROTFL…HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa.

Ha.

HaHa.

Ha.

ROTFL.

swamp_yankee on December 18, 2010 at 6:35 AM

There may be moore to this story.

If this was actually shown on national television then the Guardian and others are doing some very sloppy reporting.

Still a useful idiot.

caveman on December 18, 2010 at 7:01 AM

according to the FSHP, the only way a Cuban can get access to the hospital is through a bribe or contacts inside the hospital administration. “Cubans are reportedly very resentful that the best hospital in Havana is ‘off-limits’ to them,” the memo reveals.

Coming soon to our towns if we don’t stop Obamacare and put an end to the idea that the federal government can somehow run the U.S. health care system better and “more fairly” than the private markets.

AZCoyote on December 18, 2010 at 7:03 AM

fwahahahahahaha!

EXPECTATIONS!

Castro can’t deal with HOPE for his people.

maverick muse on December 18, 2010 at 7:30 AM

That fatass is still alive? Who knew?

tbear44 on December 18, 2010 at 7:58 AM

“It’s a wonder the island didn’t tip over.”-Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)

mossberg500 on December 18, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Moore’s evil comes back to bite him in his massive butt.

WannabeAnglican on December 18, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Am I the only one to see a resemblance to Bawney Fwank?
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I think it’s the glasses……

RealMc on December 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM

There may be moore to this story.

caveman on December 18, 2010 at 7:01

Shouldn’t be difficult to check out. Hope Breitbart, Beck or someone takes it on.

petefrt on December 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM

I think Michael Moore should take his earnings, invest wisely, and just go become a recluse or something. He’s simply…a waste of skin.

capejasmine on December 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Let me add too, a waste of a major organs also.

USMCDevilDog on December 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Turd…Huge Turd…like Water Treatment Plant cloggin’, Whale Turd

CynicalOptimist on December 18, 2010 at 10:46 AM

ROTFL! That’s all I can say.

JimP on December 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Serves that fat man right, clever editing does not actually equal the truth. I hope it helps wreck his career and reputation.

Zekecorlain on December 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Michael Moore the human turd.

MCGIRV on December 18, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Isn’t it that people get the best health care in the U.S but only if they can afford it?

mags on December 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM