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Letters from July 14, 2007
Movie should not be ignored
Industry flaks are frantically bashing Michael Moores new film, Sicko. Hugely profitable insurance and pharmaceutical industries have an enormous stake in discrediting Moores indictment of the American healthcare system.
Many of us remember the payola scandals when the public first learned that recording companies were paying disc jockies to play their music. Its still accepted practice among celebrity publicists to pay for favorable mention of their clients in the media.
But its also one of the dark sides of todays political dialogue. Leading public relations and lobbying firms have special connections with syndicated columnists, magazine editors, talk-show hosts and TV commentators who float rumors and opinions favorable to their clients--or damaging to their opponents. Some of the best-paying clients are corporations pushing special-interest legislation or trying to confuse and mislead the public about needed reforms.
You can expect lots of negative critiques of Michael Moore and his film, Sicko, funded by corporations who have much to fear from public exposure of their abuse of our healthcare system. Sicko is a serious film with a well-documented message. Dont let industry shills talk you out of going to see it. Or, you can watch it online for free at http://www.webcom123.com/movies/sicko_DVD.html.
Clinton was worse
I strongly feel that President Bushs commuting of Scooter Libbys prison sentence was appropriate, legal and VERY just especially when you compare it to President Clintons national security advisor Sandy Bergers crimes and sentence.
And there were President Clintons past FULL pardons of some of our nations worst criminals, including: His brother, Roger Clinton, for drug trafficking. Marc Rich, international fugitive, fraudulently purchasing 6 million barrels of oil with Iran; Henery Cisneros, HUD secretary, lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice. Susan McDougal, Clintons business partner, involved in the Whitewater land scandal. Democratic Congressman Melvin Reynolds, bank fraud, making false statements to federal and election officials, money laundering. Peter MacDonald, racketeering.
This is just to name a few, amongst Clintons 150-plus pardons, without Justice Department approval! Not to mention, the famous Sandy Bergers theft and destruction of top secret national archives and classified documents, was tantamount to an attempt at obstructing the 9/11 investigative hearing. And ALL he received was; $50,000 fine, two years probation and 100 hours of community services.
This is extreme favoritism, based on political affiliation!