Gupta was trying to be fair it seemed to me.
"The race for second-place in cable news is suddenly getting heated. Last week, MSNBC edged CNN in the 25-54 demographic in primetime, a rare win for the third-place news net.
In the same week, CNN.com edged MSNBC.com in web traffic, according to Hitwise, making CNN.com the third most-visited news site behind Yahoo News and The Weather Channel.
MSNBC's demo win came in a week when CNN subbed Headline News' Glenn Beck for 'Paula Zahn Now' at 8 pm and MSNBC devoted three hours on July 4 to episodes of the "To Catch A Predator" series from 'Dateline.'
The last time MSNBC won a week against CNN in the demo was in April, when it hosted presidential debates in South Carolina.
MSNBC averaged 201,000 in the 25-54 demo over the week, just ahead of CNN's 193,000 average viewers. Fox News Channel led all cable news with 307,000 demo viewers.
In total viewers, Fox News Channel averaged 1.17 million in primetime, compared to 616,000 for CNN and 523,000 for MSNBC.
On the web front, CNN.com broke MSNBC.com's longtime hold on third place among news and information sites according to Hitwise. CNN.com claimed a 3.69% share of web audience and MSNBC.com had 3.46%.
The shift coincides with a cosmetic revamp of CNN.com and the conversion of its subscription 'Pipeline' video feed into a free service.
The site was relaunched on July 1."
Moore is right in that Medicare and Medicaid are part of socialised medicine
Can you please explain to Dr. Gupta that in the world that most Americans live in, we're not looking for "Health Care Utopia", and having to wait in a doctors office to be seen is something of a luxury many of us can no longer afford. His comment that in countries with free health care there is a long wait-time to see a doctor and it takes months to schedule elective surgery is laughable. That's like telling a starving person "don't bother with the free food, there's a line to get in and service is just awful." Are you joking?
I'm a self employed carpenter with no health insurance. None. I can't afford it. I go to work everyday knowing that one slip of the saw, and I could be choosing my fingers or sewing up my own leg. That's my reality. Everyday I go to work and listen to the cartilage in my knee CRUNCH when I climb a ladder, and the only thing I can do is pray it holds out for just a couple more years. Everyday, I am one misstep away from bankruptcy.
I've been living with a degenerating knee injury for YEARS because I can't afford to do a god damn thing about it, and you think having to wait in a Doctor's office for free treatment is something I care about? If I could schedule a simple arthroscopy, free of charge but it's going to have to be in September, do you honestly think I'm going to say "no, I'd rather wait until arthritis completely debilitates me and I can no longer work?"
Come live in our world for a while, Doctor, then talk to me about "wait-time".
But damn, I wish Moore would learn to get a haircut and maybe use a comb or something.
"...As everyone knows there’s no more conservative state in the Union than here [in Texas]. And I don’t just live in Texas; I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Dallas isn’t some pocket of hippy-dippy behavior. This isn’t Austin. Dallas is the sort of place where guys in cowboy hats still drive around in giant SUV’s with ‘W’ stickers on the back windshield, global warming and Iraq be damned. It’s probably the only spot left in America where you stand a good chance of getting the crap kicked out of you for badmouthing the president.
So when I went to see Sicko for a second time this afternoon, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the audience. I wasn’t watching it downtown, where the city’s few elitist liberals congregate and drink expensive lattes. I went to a random mall in the mid-cities, where folks were likely to be just folks….
When the credits rolled the audience filed out and into the bathrooms….Outside the restroom doors… the theater was in chaos. The entire Sicko audience had somehow formed an impromptu town hall meeting in front of the ladies room. I’ve never seen anything like it. This is Texas goddammit, not France or some liberal college campus. But here these people were, complete strangers from every walk of life talking excitedly about the movie. It was as if they simply couldn’t go home without doing something drastic about what they’d just seen.
….The talk gradually centered around a core of 10 or 12 strangers in a cluster while the rest of us stood around them listening intently to this thing that seemed to be happening out of nowhere. The black gentleman engaged by my redneck in the restroom shouted for everyone’s attention. The conversation stopped instantly as all eyes in this group of 30 or 40 people were now on him. ‘If we just see this and do nothing about it,’ he said, ‘then what’s the point? Something has to change.’ There was silence, then the redneck’s wife started calling for email addresses. Suddenly everyone was scribbling down everyone else’s email, promising to get together and do something… though no one seemed to know quite what. It was as if I’d just stepped into the world’s most bizarre protest rally, except instead of hippies the group was comprised of men and women of every age, skin color, income, and walk of life coming together on something that had shaken them deeply, and to the core.
In all my thirty years on this earth, I have never ever seen any movie have this kind of unifying effect on people. It was like I was standing there, at the birth of a new political movement. Even after 9/11, there was never a reaction like this, at least not in Texas. If Sicko truly has this sort of power, then Michael Moore has done something beyond amazing. If it can change people, affect people like this in the conservative hotbed of Texas, then Sicko isn’t just a great movie, seeing it may be one of the most important things you do all year."
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