Moore: Hey, Cuba loved my movie!

posted at 9:36 am on December 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In the Someone Left The Irony On Department for today, Michael Moore erupts in indignation today at Huffington Post over the reporting of a diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks that stated that Cuba had banned his film Sicko for its fantasy portrayal of the Cuban health-care system.  Moore blasts the Guardian and other news agencies for releasing the contents of the message without checking to see whether it was actually true or not.  Moore says that the Cuban government actually broadcast his film nationally four months after the message was apparently written, and had been praising it for months prior to that:

Sounds convincing, eh?! There’s only one problem — 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. …

So what do you do with about a false “secret” cable, especially one that involves you and your movie? Well, you wait for a responsible newspaper to investigate and shout what it discovers from the rooftops.

But yesterday WikiLeaks gave the ‘Sicko’ Cuba cable to the media — and what did they do with it? They ran it as if it were true! Here’s the headline in the Guardian:

WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Sicko for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system

Authorities feared footage of gleaming hospital in Michael Moore’s Oscar-nominated film would provoke a popular backlash

And not one scintilla of digging to see if Cuba had actually banned the movie! In fact, just the opposite. The right wing press started to have a field day reporting a lie (Andy Levy of Fox – twice– Reason Magazine and Hot Air, plus a slew of blogs). Sadly, even BoingBoing and my friends at theNation wrote about it without skepticism. So here you have WikiLeaks, who have put themselves on the line to find and release these cables to the press — and traditional journalists are once again just too lazy to lift a finger, point and click their mouse to log into Nexis or search via Google, and look to see if Cuba really did “ban the film.”

Aw … you mean that journalists shouldn’t just release every piece information fed to them by leakers?  That some diplomatic cables, when released indiscriminately, could result in unwarranted damage to reputations?  That raw, confidential intelligence can sometimes be flat-out wrong?  You don’t say!

You know who Moore should discuss this with, when he gets the chance?  Julian Assange, and the rest of Assange’s apologists who have been insisting that Assange has been telling Truth to Power, and that he’s acting as a journalist in an era of radical transparency.  After all, Moore just paid $20,000 to help bail out the man who published all of these cables, including the Sicko report that apparently was incorrect.  Assange isn’t a journalist; he’s no better than a fence peddling stolen materials.

Now that Assange supporter Moore has learned that first-hand, he can dial back the sanctimony a bit, too.

Update: There were reports over the last few years (preceding the Wikileaks release) of a ban in Cuba for Sicko.  They could very well be incorrect, too, but contra Moore’s claim, a Google on Cuba and the film produces those results as well (date range: 6/2007 – 6/2010).

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Cuba should just tell Moore it came out in editing.

BKennedy on December 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Now that Assange supporter Moore has learned that first-hand, he can dial back the sanctimony a bit, too.

Heh.
Perfect.

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 9:42 AM

You can’t make this stuff up! Stupid doesn’t begin to describe the likes of Michael Moore and most Hollywood Liberals.

Keemo on December 18, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Would this be a case of hoisted on his own petard …..I hope it hurts …..a lot

Aggie95 on December 18, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Yes Mikey, and heart surgeons love you too. Now finish your pizza.

Seriously though Mike, this is what it feels like to have suspect information thrown out as fact to hurt someone. Maybe you should call President Bush and apologize. While you’re at it, call Roger Smith too.

hawkdriver on December 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Of course for all we know, the Cuban version was only about 7 minutes long.

Scott P on December 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Michael Moore and Cuba deserve one another.

pugwriter on December 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Sicko…

Self-titled autobiographical film, no doubt?

As to Sicko and Cuba, I’ll go back to my archives and pull this one out from 2007. Makes a good read, with footnotes, too.

Cuba is no place to get sick.

Moore is no William Wyler, Stanley Kubrick or Frank Capra…not even in the same league. Just a punk with a camera and a huge chip on his shoulder.

coldwarrior on December 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

As Moore suggested, I Googled it. There are plenty of reports, written in 2007, of the Cuban ban, Lumpy’s assertion to the contrary notwithstanding.

petefrt on December 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

This fat, socialist, bastard could go live in a cave in Siberia, and it still wouldn’t be far enough away, as far as I’m concerned.

Dopenstrange on December 18, 2010 at 9:52 AM

A Cuban blogger posted photos of inside a Cuban hospital. It was disgusting. You wouldn’t allow your pet to stay in such a dirty and decrepit facility.

Blake on December 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Of course for all we know, the Cuban version was only about 7 minutes long.

Scott P on December 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Probably. So there may be part truth to what Moore is claiming, and to the reports of the ban also.

petefrt on December 18, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Moore is no William Wyler, Stanley Kubrick or Frank Capra…not even in the same league. Just a punk with a camera and a huge chip on his shoulder.

coldwarrior on December 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

He vill soon be in the Mooochelle fat camp. Oh wait.. he’s an elite. Barf!

tbear44 on December 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Nice work Ed.

russcote on December 18, 2010 at 9:58 AM

So why wouln’t a totalitarian communist regime that has engaged im propaganda and lies for over 50 years want the work of a useful idiot like Michael Moore to be broadcast to their people?

I don’t see how this helps Moore’s case.

In fact, I would not be suprised if they edited out the parts they did not want. I’m sure Mr. Moore would undderstand.

xrayiiis on December 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Dude, this guy is delusional.

Too much fat content in his brain

blatantblue on December 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM


Moore blasts the Guardian and other news agencies for releasing the contents of the message without checking to see whether it was actually true or not.

Haha kinda like your movies, eh Slim?

Tony737 on December 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM

The Cubans showed the full, unedited version of that boring, boring craptastic movie? I doubt it.

mjk on December 18, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Moore sounds like Franz Liebkind in “The Producers”, going up on the stage during “Springtime for Hitler” and telling everyone they’re the victim of a hoax, and that “The Fuhrer was kind, the Fuhrer was gentle…” before he gets conked on the noggin by someone behind the curtain.

jon1979 on December 18, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Do you mean that a lefty lied and his lie is being exposed by the lefty that he just dropped 20 large to spring from the clink? You don’t say….That’s sure is an expensive rope you bought to hang yourself with Mikey….hope you got the extra strong type..

ted c on December 18, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Coming soon, Bluto, you will be banned from the Cuban Socialist Paradise for fear of having the island tip over upon your arrival.

ya2daup on December 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM

the truth only matters to lefties when its their bullshite getting exposed.

ted c on December 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM

I certainly hope Mr. Moore kept the receipt for the bail money.

nogooddeed on December 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM


The right wing press started to have a field day reporting a lie (Andy Levy of Fox – twice– Reason Magazine and Hot Air, plus a slew of blogs).

He reads HotAir! WOO HOOOO!! Hiya Mike! :-) You’re totally right man, Cuba’s AWESOME! Dude, if I were you, I’d LIVE THERE!

Tony737 on December 18, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I know AP is the king of snark around here, but dang, Ed! That’s some grade A snark right there. Well done.

Weight of Glory on December 18, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Coming soon, Bluto, you will be banned from the Cuban Socialist Paradise for fear of having the island tip over upon your arrival.

ya2daup on December 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Yep, and a visit to Guam is out of the question.

Oldnuke on December 18, 2010 at 10:17 AM

You have a choice, Michael.

You can take the Blue Pill and wake up all comfortable and happy… in a Cuban hospital for their citizens. They have helped you with your weight problem by removing your arms and legs. It was weight you wanted to lose at that high priced facility and isn’t it so much better to get such world class health care in Cuba?

Or you can take the Red Pill. That way lies the rabbit hole and you will find yourself with an invitation by the Cuban government to see how they treat enemies of the State and political prisoners in the hospitals dedicated to them. The plane ticket is one-way.

Which do you choose, Michael? The path of comfort or the path to the truth?

ajacksonian on December 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM

the last week has been like the schadenfreude olympics….

ted c on December 18, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Which do you choose, Michael? The path of comfort or the path to the truth?

ajacksonian on December 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM

oh noes! confronting a lefty with a permanent decision rife with…*gasp* ….consequences?!?!

ted c on December 18, 2010 at 10:23 AM

How dare Assange and the media treat Moore as though he was just like…well…anyone else named in those cables. Surely they could show some restraint when it comes to him.

Mormon Doc on December 18, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I love how he says in the Stossel clip that


“… Cubans live on average a MONTH longer than we do.”

WOW! A whole MONTH? Yeah, sign me up for that socialist medical treatment!

Then of course Mr. Stossel destroys that claim.

Tony737 on December 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Tony737 on December 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

I know, right? If an extra month of life isn’t worth a lifetime of wealth confiscation on the whims of a communist regime, then I don’t know what is.

Weight of Glory on December 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Hey Mike, now that we know you read Hot Air, and that you love Cuba so much, we’d like to offer you a suggestion. That is, please take your 5 sandwich eating butt down to Havana and level the same (or similar) criticism toward the Castro regime, that you have done of the American government in general, and George Bush specifically. Then, please remain in the country and see what consequences await you. We will then see how your attitude is “reeducated” if you will. ciao beootch.

ted c on December 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I just hope that when the time comes for his heart surgery, he will be forced to have it done in Cuba.

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM

I just hope that when the time comes for his heart surgery, he will be forced to have it done in Cuba.

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM

I hope his choice will match his rhetoric.

ted c on December 18, 2010 at 10:42 AM

how’s it feel Mike…… Facts never seemed to bother you in the past….. Hey look I can see Sicko from my window..

roflmmfaotimgd

donabernathy on December 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Yeah, well, whatever.

Everyone get all their Christmas shopping done?

Asher on December 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM

gotta luv it….. a guy that skews the facts gets skewed by the facts… in other words… what goes around comes around…Deal with Fat man.

roflmao

donabernathy on December 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM

It would take one hell of a petard to hoist Moore’s lard butt up on. might have to be done in shifts.

skeneogden on December 18, 2010 at 10:53 AM

“Fat,virginal, and stupid is no way to go through life, son”. Yeah,virginal. Hookers wouldn’t even do it with this fat commie bastard. Mikey, you’re the most complete idiot I’ve ever witnessed, as well as the most hypocritical “fat cat” of all time……

adamsmith on December 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Mike wants to have his cake and eat it too (pun intended). He wants to both love Cuba and live in America (but hate it too). He paints Cuban life and government with the attributes of virtue and goodness, while ascribing America the virtues of sinfulness and greed. Then he wonders how could someone turn his value system on its head by leaking that his craptastic waste of energy movie, Sicko, was banned in Cuba because it was probably wrong. What’s doubly funny is that his lil buddy Asssssssaaaaanj is to blame for Moore’s hoisting. Nice work mikey, Assange lit the flame that you fanned that led to the charge that’s detonating underneath you. Here’s your Wile E. Coyote seal of approval….

ted c on December 18, 2010 at 10:59 AM

roflmmfaotimgd

donabernathy on December 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM

?

hawkdriver on December 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

roflmmfaotimgd

donabernathy on December 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Are you one of the banned anti-Palin guys that used to tag team with each other? One of them could not post without asserting they were in a continuous state of commenting on threads from the floor of their den. Because apparently, everything they read was funny.

hawkdriver on December 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Eat another Bacon Cheeseburger, Humpback.

SurferDoc on December 18, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Christmas shopping? That’s what Sportsman’s Guide was invented for, right? Its going to be a happy MilSurp X-Mas!

ajacksonian on December 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Somebody has got to do a Michael Moore type movie on Micheal Moore. Well, I don’t actually mean that because it would have to be full of lies and distortions. What I mean is, it’s really time for a nice little documentary on who and what Micheal Moore is. I’d love to see clips of him eating, how much food he orders, who his friends are, how and where he invests his money. What doctors he sees, how and where he gets his health care. How much he makes and all the lies he tells. Love to see someone with a camera approach him over and over on the street and confront him with real questions and get clips of his bodyguards pushing the cameras away.

JellyToast on December 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Petards, hoists, etc.

Well, a front loader, scoop shovel and maybe an apple rake, since horse sh!t is the primary product of Moores effluence.

Moores sentence for interminable manure spreading?

Mandatory health care, in Cuba.

Speakup on December 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM

What’s better is that Allah nailed it before it happened. He knew Moore would deny the report is true and he nailed the irony of it with such a denial.

And to think, Moore is upset because an inaccurate (at least according to him) report has bruised his ego.

He cry that journalists haven’t done their work to see if the cable’s contents were accurate or not is nothing more than a red herring thrown out on this particular bit because it has to do with him.

He surely didn’t mention journalists fact checking every government document in the past. His position was to release them. And they have been.

This is the perfect example of how a liberal thinks. The desire to have everyone else conform to what they believe is best, but always a caveat when it involves them, so they can be excluded from conforming.

ButterflyDragon on December 18, 2010 at 11:15 AM

How large is Michael Moore’s mansion?
How many homes does he own?
How many cars does he own?
What’s his electric bill each month?
What’s his grocery bill?
Does he have a boyfriend?
Do prostitutes routinely visit his mansion?
Does he invest in oil?
Does he invest in the stock market?
Does he invest his money in the pharmaceutical industry?
Does he vote?
Has he ever downloaded porn?
Hey, you live by the sword you can die by the sword.

JellyToast on December 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Mikey’s proof that the USG is a bunch of lying scumbags out to get him? The always reliable straight shooters at the official organs of the Cuban Communist Party!

Thanks for bailing out Julian, Mike, money WELL spent. As well as outing those crypto-fascist right wingers at Reason.

And congrats on finding a Fat Farm the has an innertubz connex!

Wind Rider on December 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Petards, hoists, etc.

Michael Moore “punkd” by wikileaks, now having trouble raising that freak flag…..

Dr Evil on December 18, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Soooo…are the Wikileaks real?

S. Weasel on December 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Wiki is very susceptible to being punked with some fake material. They aren’t journalists by any stretch; they make no attempt to verify or second-source their ‘releases’.

Let’s do it, just to demonstrate their lack of credibility to the world.

slickwillie2001 on December 18, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Les everbody don’t forgit – Moore was outed by The Guardian, no less.

The Guardian. Schadenfreude should be a candidate for at least a venial-level sin, and I probably should be ashamed of myself.

I don’t, as it happens, but I should be.

warbaby on December 18, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I just hope that when the time comes for his heart surgery, he will be forced to have it done in Cuba.

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM

The irony is that he just may.

Here’s why: there are two nations within Cuba, economically speaking. One for dollars (hard to get but highly prized) and one for pesos (easy to get but worth little).

Because he’s got access to dollars…lots and LOTS of dollars…he can go to the hospitals that take them.

Dark-Star on December 18, 2010 at 1:26 PM

The Cubans embraced the film so much so it became one of those rare American movies that received a theatrical distribution in Cuba.

So, down in the land of the free, the government was so gracious as to allow a foreign film. Does Moore not see a problem with this? (On second though, a union-booster like Moore would love a closed shop.)

Tzetzes on December 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Most likely both are true: it was shown, then banned after the gov’t realized very few Cubans can actually get that kind of care.

TallDave on December 18, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Personally, I consider fever induced hallucinations a more reliable source of information than Michael Moore.

Slowburn on December 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Wait a minute, is Mikey accusing Wikileaks of lying or the State Department of going through immense amounts of trouble creating faked and dishonest messages in order to . . . what exactly? Discredit its own procedures? Make a laughing stock of its own members? Or perhaps – gasp – to lie to them?

Something tells me Mikey dun goofed.

Again.

Ryan Anthony on December 18, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Nice piece of work until I got to this-

Now that Assange supporter Moore has learned that first-hand, he can dial back the sanctimony a bit, too.

If you don’t know who Michael Moore is…..

JavelinaBomb on December 18, 2010 at 2:56 PM

There’s an easy way to figure this one out. Someone should travel to Cuba with ten copies of Sicko in their luggage. If the ten copies make it past Cuban customs then the film was not banned.

unclesmrgol on December 18, 2010 at 3:02 PM

So why wouln’t a totalitarian communist regime that has engaged im propaganda and lies for over 50 years want the work of a useful idiot like Michael Moore to be broadcast to their people?
xrayiiis on December 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Because then the people would see the level of health care provided to the party elites and foreign “Fat Cats” verse what is actually available to the people. I am sure this film was shown to the right people in Cuba and banned for the wrong people. So they may both be correct.

cobrakai99 on December 18, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I don’t care if what the leaked document shows is true or not, but the $20,000 Moore allegedly paid to help bail out Assange has proven to be good business for the filmmaker since attached to Assange is this newest release about a Moore film, one which hardly anyone saw, in the U.S. at least, and less had taken seriously. Now there’s a buzz, albeit a small one and in some small circles, about ‘Sicko.’ Look for DVD sales and rentals to go up, assuming it’s available on DVD.

Chad_ on December 18, 2010 at 3:36 PM

In otherwords….if these cables attack conservatives, they’re automatically true, without a doubt.

If they attack liberals, true, or not….the press is lazy, and they’re absolutely untrue, even if they are.

Gotcha!

capejasmine on December 18, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Yeah Mike, that’s what totalitarian regimes generally do with stuff they love: They suppress it from the public./

SuperCool on December 18, 2010 at 10:46 PM

here ya go mikey, have another slice. yep, that sure is a pepperoni bacon, hamburg, sausage, ham, and onion with extra cheese…. omnumnumnumnumnumnum. YUM. :) oh yeah, forgot to tell you, the doctors can’t wait to get you on the table, crack you open, and do some plumbing.

maineconservative on December 18, 2010 at 11:59 PM

I can’t bear to see that smug S. O. B. on the front page without saying:

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*redacted because hillbillyjim would like to keep his commenting privilege.

hillbillyjim on December 19, 2010 at 1:43 AM

Oh, I forgot. I hope you get your life-saving treatments in Kooba, you fat fuuk.

hillbillyjim on December 19, 2010 at 1:44 AM

I don’t believe Micheal Moore has good information.

Why should I? As far as I can tell he doesn’t know what truth even looks like.

Cuba banned his version for the reasons given in the leak.

There is no way the Cuban government would have told their people hospitals like that are available if you have connections but not for them.

Moore’s version is illogical. The leak makes sense.

petunia on December 19, 2010 at 2:53 AM

Well if is was broadcast to the people of Cuba unedited….

Total Lifetime Grosses…Sicko by Micheal Moore
Domestic: $24,540,079 68.0%
+ Foreign: $11,548,030 32.0%
= Worldwide: $36,088,109

…..they were some of the few people who actually saw this theatrical bomb.

Moore is so full of sh!t even liberals don’t support his drivel anymore.

Moore,like Cindey Sheehan,was nothing more than a tool to help the left channel hate towards President Bush.
Now that Bush is gone…..these ignorant activists relevancy to democrats is gone also.

Baxter Greene on December 19, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Now that Bush is gone…..these ignorant activists relevancy to democrats is gone also.

Baxter Greene on December 19, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Yup.
Mornin’

OmahaConservative on December 19, 2010 at 7:24 AM

Not as much fun when you’re on the receiving end, is it, Mikey?

ZK on December 19, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Moore, what’s wrong with your faaaaace?

Coronagold on December 19, 2010 at 10:15 AM

So why wouln’t a totalitarian communist regime that has engaged im propaganda and lies for over 50 years want the work of a useful idiot like Michael Moore to be broadcast to their people?

xrayiiis on December 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Because it painted too rosy a picture, even for the comrades.

AshleyTKing on December 19, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Magnet therapy. When I was in Cuba with a group of Americans in 1999, our official Communist-approved Cuban tour guides took us to one of their showcase health clinics, where in one room after another, patients were being treated with toaster-size magnets set upon whatever parts of their bodies they said were ailing that day. I kid you not.

J_Crater on December 19, 2010 at 8:01 PM

May you vapor lock, Tubby.

BHO Jonestown on December 19, 2010 at 9:41 PM