The segment leads in with "critique" of the facts in "Sicko" that manages to be both patronizing and revealingly trivial, in order, apparently, to provide "balance," or at least appease those audience members (and owners) that would like to believe that "Sicko" is just one big lie from end to end.
Well, the "lies" so revealed were clearly the result of data selection and, in some cases, a careful comparison of apples to oranges. For instance - it can take bloody forever to see a specialist in Canada. Six months to see a Psychiatrist, for example. To see my GP - I just walked in. In urban areas, with most practitioners, you don't HAVE to make appointments. So, yes, wait times for appointments are horrid - when they are required at all.
But for most Canadians, there's no need to wait to see your primary care physician and you are encouraged to see them on a monthly basis. There is no "co-pay," on top of your insurance premium, either. You do pay a premium, and if you can find a better deal or a coverage package you prefer, you may choose to opt out.
Moore didn't respectfully disagree with Wolf, like his PR rep no doubt advised him. He opened up with "three years ago I was on your show" and related how he got the same patronizing treatment regarding WMD and the justifications for war. He demanded an apology - as a warm-up! THEN it got personal, regarding both him and Sanjay Gupta, who authored the foregoing "balance" segment. Wolf Blitzer was reduced to sputtering incoherently as Moore made the case for the complete, abject failure of the MSM to serve responsibly as a watchdog on government.
Wolf is one of the masters at leaving the sheeple with the impression that there is a critical eye watching the powers that be, while always leaving the general impression that while there may be issues from time to time, here and there, there's no real problems in these here United States that can't be fixed with a new round of tax cuts and a little patience with our Leadership.
Today, it didn't work. And it may just have been this century's "McCarthy Moment. Oh, it was all old news to us here in the blogosphere - nobody credible on any part of the ideological spectrum relies on Network and Cable News as primary sources any more, and the better ones try to triple-source every story, with an eye toward the differences. But for the television news consumer - this must have rocked them.
Some of the comments on YouTube are hilarious, though. One total maroon is alleging that this was a staged performance intended to further CNN's "Librul agenda."
If you've ever asked yourself, "how stupid do you have to be..." here's a living example of just HOW stupid.