Moore Defends Trip To Cuba
Michael Moore says he isn't "trumpeting Castro or his regime" in his film Sicko, about the American health system. He told Time magazine that he took a group of 9/11 responders to the island nation for treatment to show why the World Health Organization ranks their health-care system highly and why Cubans live on average a month longer than Americans. (The visit has triggered a probe by the Treasury Department, which has banned travel to Cuba.) "I just want to say to fellow Americans, 'C'mon, we're the United States! If they can do this, we can do it.'" Asked whether he expects the accuracy of the movie to be effectively challenged, Moore replied that he offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could find a single fact in Fahrenheit 9/11 that was wrong -- and so far,he hasn't had to pay anything. He did not indicate whether he intends to make a similar offer concerning the contents of Sicko. Meanwhile, today's "Rush & Molloy" column in the New York Daily News reveals that Moore anonymously sent a $12,000 check to one of his major critics, Jim Kenefick, who operates the Moorewatch.com website, when he heard that Kenefick was having difficulty paying his wife's medical bills. Kenefick hardly sounded grateful when he learned that Moore was the source of the funds. "Moore is going to try to make me into one of his little puppets," he told the columnists. However, he added, "I'm not an idiot. I know when to say yes to something, even if the string attached is obvious. What kind of moron turns down a free 12 grand?"