If this story does not bring a smile to your face-- or, at least, a grin-- I don't know what will.
We all remember Michael Moore's movie, Sicko... even if we never saw it, even if we wish we hadn't.
In case you missed it, the film indicted the American health care system and promoted the virtues of other health care systems in other parts of the world. It gushed praise about the health care system in Communist Cuba.
This should not have come as too much of a surprise. Moore is a left wing propagandist; he works tirelessly to destroy American capitalism.
Now, we learn, through the same Wikileaks whose founder, Julian Assange, is being defended by Michael Moore against rape charges, that Moore's film was banned in Cuba. Link here.
As Roger Kimball reports, the reasons were twofold. When Cuban physicians saw the film they walked out on it, because they could not bear to see their health care system so grossly misrepresented. The film was simply promoting a big lie.
The government also banned the film because it feared the reactions of everyday Cuban citizens. If these citizens had been allowed to learn that the best of Cuban health care was only available to high party officials and those willing to pay the right bribes, they would have been outraged.
And yet, even Cuba's best is not really very good. The Guardian reports that: "The Cuban ruling elite leave Cuba when they need medical care.... Fidel Castro, for example, brought in a Spanish doctor during his health crisis in 2006. The vice-minister of health, Abelardo Ramirez, went to France for gastric cancer surgery. The neurosurgeon who heads CIMEQ ... hospital-- widely regarded as one of the best in Cuba-- came to England for eye surgery, returning periodically for checkups."
As Roger Kimball points out, Hollywood's elite loved Michael Moore's film. They nominated it for an Oscar. Perhaps they are just not smart enough to understand the difference between fact and propaganda.