I’ve been sort of out of it for the last week, so maybe I missed this in the Corner. But you just have to love that Castro banned Michael Moore’s Sicko because it was too ham-fisted for the propaganda-savvy Cubans to take seriously.
The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks , is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system.
But the memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so “disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room”.
Castro’s government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it “knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them.”
Update: Correction-Clarification: Well, it’s more complicated than all that. Moore says Cuba did run the movie on national TV. See Ed Morrisey for details.