Friday, September 14, 2007

Michael Moore vs. John Stossel

Watch a 5-minute preview of 20/20's special tonight, a 5-minute debate between Michael Moore and John Stossel about Cuba's health care system.

Note: When Moore compares life expectancy and infant mortality in Cuba to the U.S., he uses statistics provided by the Cuban government, and not subject to independent verification. It reminds me of the story about how the Soviet Union used to export wheat, but after the farms were collectived they reported 50 straight years of bad weather to explain why they stopped exporting....

(Thanks to Drew Suder.)


3 Comments:

At 9/14/2007 10:00 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

I've known Michael Moore since high school—he was a year ahead of me in the neighboring school district. He was a blow hard then, and he is a blow hard now.

Michael Moore is a sensationalist who takes the facts, twists them to his advantage, and then spoon-feeds them to a gullible audience telling them what they want to hear. There’s a lot of difference between entertainment and research. Michael Moore is an entertainer pure and simple. You can laugh, or maybe even cry at his movies, but you should not seriously believe them.

 
At 9/14/2007 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Stossel is the same as M. Moore, Walt. An idealist who gets people's attention by speaking about controversial issues.

You must have good health insurance and a cozy job. For the rest of us Mike's the great white (whale of a) hope.

 
At 9/15/2007 8:48 AM, Blogger Walt G. said...

If Mike is your savior, you have big, big problems. Your best hope with Mike is the discussion he starts with intelligent people who have facts. I don't disagree with Mike's position or agree with his opponents. The answer to the problem probably does not exist at the extremes. Yes, I presently have good health insurance; however, with the escalating cost of health-care, no company will be able to survive and be competitive if they don’t find a solution to the problem. Uncompetitive companies go out of business. In addition, many of my family and friends do not have health care insurance. So, other people’s problems are my problems either in the present or the future.

 

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