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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Moore anonymously pays medical premiums of critic

Via this Daily Kos diary comes a NY Daily News tidbit that is priceless:
Filmmaker Michael Moore has come to the rescue of his harshest critic.

For several years now, Jim Kenefick has been railing against the Oscar-winning director on Recently, Kenefick wrote about the difficulty he was having paying his wife's medical bills. Fellow conservatives guided him toward a cheaper health insurer, but Kenefick said he still had trouble making payments.

"Someone e-mailed me and asked if an 'anonymous' benefactor could offer to pay my first year's premiums - $12,000," Kenefick wrote on his site.

He was skeptical when the check arrived. "I opened a whole new account at my bank, waited for it to clear, checked twice with bank personnel to make sure it wasn't a scam, and waited a full 60 days before spending the money. At that time, I started drawing on it and paying the monthly premiums until it was gone."

We can now confirm to Kenefick that his secret benefactor is none other than the dreaded, detestable, loathsome Michael Moore.
Say what you will about Moore, and I certainly have mixed opinions of his work, but he certainly knows how to get press. As the diarist at Daily Kos noted, asking whether it was pure altruism or a calculated move by Moore may not become known, and it could very well have been a little of both.

But the guy at the Moorewatch site is well, not exactly a happy camper:
He’s leaking and using this in whatever way he can think of to promote his film. He paid $12,000 so that you, the press, would focus on what a “nice guy” he is and in the same breath, make me look like a jerk.
Somehow, we think the Moorewatch guy is pretty capable of making himself look like a jerk all by himself.

You can't make this stuff up.

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