You wouldn’t know it from the deafening lack of covering today but yesterday was an extraordinary news day. It is not every day that one get’s to witness an historic public admission of guilt by someone who was a principle in a campaign of willful deceit that leads to the death of 45,000 Americans every year let alone see that person apologize before your eyes live on International television. But, if you were watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night this is in fact what you witnessed.
Former Communications Director of Cigna Healthcare and author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, Wendell Potter faced Michael Moore on Countdown for the first time since publishing this blog post apologizing to Moore:
In advance of my appearance with Michael Moore on Countdown with Keith Olbermann tonight on MSNBC (8 and 11 p.m. ET), I would like to offer an apology to both Moore and his archenemy, the health insurance industry, which spent a lot of policyholder premiums in 2007 to attack his movie, Sicko.
I need to apologize to Moore for the role I played in the insurance industry’s public relations attack campaign against him and Sicko, which was about the increasingly unfair and dysfunctional U.S. health care system. (I was head of corporate communications at one of the country’s biggest insurance companies when I left my job in May 2008.) And I need to apologize to health insurers for failing to note in my new book, Deadly Spin, that the front group they used to attack Moore and Sicko — Health Care America — was originally a front group for drug companies.
It is a stunning admission of guilt and one that needs to be trumpeted loudly by those who were a party to attacking Moore’s message about America’s failed for-profit healthcare system. But enough bloviating, watch the two clips below and judge for yourself.
Michael Moore has much more on the topic at his blog.