Thursday, July 26, 2007

The lame debate over Michael Moore's "Sicko"

My good friend Brendan Nyhan and I have staged a Spinsanity semi-reunion to write about "Sicko" and its critics. Initially, we expected to critique "Sicko's" factual errors just as we have Michael Moore's other work.

But we found out that "Sicko" gets all its fact pretty much right. Instead, we discovered we have a lot more to say about the mainstream media critiques of "Sicko" and what they tell us about the sad state of fact-checking amongst professional journalists and how that has allowed Moore to try to whitewash his record of frequent dishonesty. The introductory paragraphs are below and then you can read the whole thing over at Brendan's site:

The mainstream media has started fact-checking Michael Moore one movie too late.

As veteran fact-checkers of Michael Moore, we should be taking a victory lap in the wake of "Sicko." The liberal icon's latest film has been aggressively fact-checked by major outlets including CNN's Sanjay Gupta, the Associated Press, and USA Today.

However, the media has decided to pounce on Moore just when he seems to be addressing his problems with accuracy. As a result, they have little to say -- indeed, the weakness of the criticism makes Moore look thoughtful and careful with his facts by comparison.

Read the whole thing here.

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