Saturday, May 19, 2007

Politics The Michael Moore Way

His new movie "Sicko" is the hottest ticket at Cannes right now and with all the advance condemnation from the usual critics it looks to be very, very good.

"The world premiere of "Sicko", a biting and polemical look at the US health system, is considered such a must-see by the thousands of critics and reporters here that it is being shown in the festival's biggest theatre -- even though it's not even in the official competition."

But here's an interesting story about how Moore handles his critics. It seems that he has a long time detractor named Jim Kenefick ...

"For several years now, Jim Kenefick has been railing against the Oscar-winning director on Recently, Kenefick wrote about the difficulty he was having paying his wife's medical bills. Fellow conservatives guided him toward a cheaper health insurer, but Kenefick said he still had trouble making payments.
"Someone e-mailed me and asked if an 'anonymous' benefactor could offer to pay my first year's premiums - $12,000," Kenefick wrote on his site."

You got it, it was Moore who offered to send him the money, anonymously. Kenefick was suspicious at first but then cashed the check and spent all the money before he knew who gave it to him.
Now, think about what a brilliant move that was on Moore's part. How better to make a salient point about the subject of his new film - health care in america - than to help a man help his wife get medical care because he couldn't afford it. That the guy is an outspoken critic is the delicious part. Moore did something positive, gained attention for his movie, it's cause and silenced his critic all at the same time.
Or maybe didn't shut him up. Go see what an ungrateful idiot the guy is.


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