Last night Michael Moore was again a guest on The Tonight Show and announced that he’s been subpoenaed by the Bush administration investigating his filming trip to Cuba for his health care documentary Sicko. (Hey, I said the director was a marketing genius.) ”I haven’t even told my own family yet.” Moore began, “I was just informed when I was back there with Jay that the Bush administration has now issued a subpoena for me.” Moore took 9/11 rescue workers with him to ”Guantanamo Bay because I heard the Al Qaeda terrorists we have in the camps there, detained, are receiving free dental, medical, eye care, the whole deal, and our own 9/11 Ground Zero rescue workers can’t get that in New York City.” Moore said that, as a result, the film’s producer The Weinstein Company will be donating 11% of its portion of Sicko‘s box office from August 11 (a Saturday) to “help these workers and the other workers who need help”. Frankly, I find it amazing how willing the Bush administration has been to help market Moore’s movie when presumably their real objective seems to be to stifle Moore and his movie. But we all know that, without this continuing controversy surrounding the Cuba trip, Moore wouldn’t be able to make news like this everytime he goes on national television.
Moore also repeated on national TV something that The Weinstein Co has confirmed to me: that Harvey Weinstein asked him to cut the Sicko segment on Hillary Clinton because he’s a big supporter of her presidential campaign. She “did something very courageous 14 years ago, saying all American’s should be covered. She got beat up badly for it. Now she’s the second-largest recipient of health care industry money in the U.S. Senate,” Moore said. “For the months leading up to the release of the film, he kept calling me every day saying, ‘I want you to take that scene out of the film, attacking Hillary.’ I said, ‘I’m not attacking her, I’m just telling the truth.’” The segment stayed in.
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