Naturally, anyone with a modicum of knowledge regarding the reality of the health care system in Cuba recognized Michael Moore’s documentary mockumentary, Sicko, as nothing more than a propaganda piece for the Castro dictatorship. Like a good communist propagandist, Moore employed the most effective Stalinist and Hitlerite methods of agitprop, portraying Castro’s apartheid health care system as the finest in the world, available to all the Cubans, slave masters and slaves alike. Apparently, Moore did such a good job that the Castro regime has banned the film on the island for fear that the slaves might see the health care available on the island that they are not entitled to or allowed to enjoy.
Hot Air has a report on the Wikileaks document that has brought this news to light:
Great news: Cuba banned Michael Moore documentary for being too rosy about Cuban health care
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!