Michael Moore Publicity Stunt: Challenges Fred Thompson to Debate
|By Jim Roberts
May 15, 2007
Michael Moore knows publicity. And he’s looking for more of it to promote his new film ‘Sicko.’ The overweight filmmaker has reportedly written a letter to possible GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson challenging him to a debate. Apparently Moore learned zilch from being schooled by John McCain, of all people, in 2004. Moore points out that Thompson allegedly had some Cuban cigars ‘Montecito’s from Havana’ and uses that as the premise to asking for the challenge.In the letter Moore writes: “Our debate would provide you an opportunity to appeal to the right wing of the Republican Party by continuing to attack me.”
“It would give me a chance to discuss health care and tell you exactly what happened in Cuba, given your apparent inters; and it would provide the American people an opportunity to see just how serious Hollywood can be, with a purported conservative and an avowed progressive Hollywood personality on stage.”
Read that as – it would give me free publicity. Of course it is laughable that someone of Thompson’s stature would accept. Moore even believes that he should set the rules and gives these talking points.
(1) Your work as a lobbyist in light of the fact that the health care and insurance industries have maintained the current health care system through their effective control of the political establishment.
(2) The fact that you raised hundred of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the health care and insurance industries.
(3) Discuss the fact, highlighted in yet another conservative outlet The New York Sun, that you inexplicably wanted to cut funding for AIDS research.
(4) Your relationship with the First family and by extension HCA, one of the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chains. It has been reported that former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (who was renowned for his over-the-television-screen Schiavo diagnosis) is serving as one of your confidantes on your potential presidential campaign. The Frist family has historically controlled HCA, which paid a record $1.7 billion in civil and criminal fines, including a $631 million penalty for Medicaid fraud — in other words, ripping off the taxpayers.
(5) Discussing whether Arthur Branch, as the District Attorney of Manhattan, supports a woman’s right to choose, gun safety reforms, gay marriage, the trans fat ban and anti-smoking laws (which would impact Cuban cigars, including your Montecito’s).
Moore then brags about some debate he won in the seventies. If this clumsy attempt by Michael Moore is any indication, he won’t win any more debates.