I caught Michael Moore on Jay Leno and he said one of the people he brought with him, a Spanish speaker, went back to the hospital by herself
(without the cameras and crew, etc.) and received the same sort of treatment that the film crew had received. I imagine she was identified as a non-Cuban,
but Moore's point was that she wasn't known to be part of the movie.
On Jul 4, 2007, at 10:32 AM, herb fox wrote:
Thanks for the post Michael.
Does someone know the measures by which Cuba is judged 39th? Without detailed information i assume that 39th is pretty good for a country that has been suffering a 50-yr blockade by the most powerful nation in the world. Even today a shipment of medical supplies is being held by the US at the US/Canadian border.
An interesting aspect of Ms Wong's review is that after remarking,
Moore violates the contract between reporter and audience: to tell the truth. she later use the quote:
"The treatment Moore and the rescue workers receive in the film was done specifically for them, because they [the Cubans] knew it would make great propaganda," Dr. Julio Cesar Alfonso, a Miami doctor who practiced medicine in Cuba for four years, said in a June 22 interview with The Miami Herald. Quoting a Cuban expatriate's interview in the Miami Herald as the single source of contrary information is hardly acceptable journalistic searching for the truth.
Does Moore diminish his effectiveness by some of his practices? I think so from having seen his previous films. He doesn't hide his position though. I would challenge Ms Wong to analyze the fraction of US films that are in fact propaganda in whole or in part and never advertise themselves as such. Would the US lung cancer rate be so high had not Hollywood promoted smoking in its films, usually for a fee?