Michael Moore: 3500 troops could be alive if media had done its job
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday June 13, 2007
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Michael Moore appeared on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday, expressing a concern that the media will play the same role in the health care debate as it did in the Iraq War debate.

"Had ABC News, NBC News, CBS News been more aggressive in confronting the government with what they were telling us back in 2003 about Iraq, you might have prevented this war," Moore said. "3500 soldiers that are dead today may not have had to die had our news media done its job. ... The media didn't ask the questions. The media got embedded and went on board for a little thrill ride."

"It's not a thrill ride," objected host Chris Cuomo. "Those men and women put themselves in danger. ... To say the media is complicit in the death of soldiers --"

"This media is complicit," insisted Moore. "The media didn't ask the questions that should have been asked."

The segment then turned to Moore's latest film, Sicko. Moore argued that the US needs a single-payer health system like "every other Western industrialized country." However, he also said of the current presidential candidates that "these guys are bought and paid for by this industry, and that's why we're not going to have change."

On Tuesday, RAW STORY reported on the first part of the two day interview with Moore, in which Moore asserted that the health care in America is a system that "essentially is run by greed." Moore also went on to defend his tactics in the film, including taking ailing 9/11 workers to Guantanamo Bay and Cuba for treatment. Story and video can be found at this link.

The following video is from ABC's Good Morning America, broadcast on June 13.