As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Accuracy Watch

It somewhat annoys me that Michael Moore is practically the only filmmaker or political writer that elicits a spate of fact-checking stories. How come there's never a "Actually, everything Sean Hannity says is bullshit" expose on CNN or in a magazine? But Moore apparently passed the test, although the word "mostly" had to be squeezed into the assessment of SiCKO as "accurate" for the sake of balance.

Moore covers a lot of ground. Our team investigated some of the claims put forth in his film. We found that his numbers were mostly right, but his arguments could use a little more context. As we dug deep to uncover the numbers, we found surprisingly few inaccuracies in the film. In fact, most pundits or health-care experts we spoke to spent more time on errors of omission rather than disputing the actual claims in the film.

Sorry that a two-hour film didn't have the context that would normally be required of a 1,000-page research paper. How about somebody checks if CNN puts things in the proper context?

It's just truly infuriating to have to go through this "shockingly, Michael Moore isn't lying" nonsense every single time.

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