Moore Says Weinstein Wanted Clinton Scene Cut

Filmmaker Michael Moore said producer Harvey Weinstein urged him to cut a scene in his new film
Filmmaker Michael Moore said producer Harvey Weinstein urged him to cut a scene in his new film "Sicko" that revealed the health-care industry's financial support of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Weinstein is a friend of Clinton's. (By Manuel Balce Ceneta -- Associated Press)
By Politics
Friday, June 22, 2007

Michael Moore is getting a lot of mileage out of the hit he takes on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in his provocative new movie "Sicko," which made its Washington premiere Wednesday night at the Uptown theater.

Moore said after the premiere that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, a personal friend and supporter of the Clintons whose company financed the film, "begged" him to remove a scene exposing Hillary Clinton as the second-highest recipient of campaign donations from the health-care industry.

"I said, 'No, Harvey. I gotta do the right thing.' He understood."

Moore said he didn't know whether the Clintons asked Weinstein to make the call.

The film describes her as "sexy" and "sassy" as photos of Clinton over the years are splashed on the screen.

After her health-care overhaul plan failed, Clinton went "silent" -- as Moore put it -- on the need for health-care changes. And then she began raking in the dough -- big time -- from the industry when she started running for office.

Clinton's campaign had no comment on Weinstein's attempt to have the scene removed.

-- Mary Ann Akers

Edwards Revisits 'Two Americas'

Seeking to refocus his campaign around economic populism, former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) released a plan yesterday to clamp down on predatory lending by banning abusive prepayment penalties, balloon loans and excessive fees, and by creating a "Family Savings and Credit Commission" to review financial products marketed to families. And last night he delivered a speech revisiting his 2004 campaign theme of the "two Americas" at Cooper Union in New York.

Edwards hopes to remind voters that even as he stakes out positions to the left of rivals on issues such as the Iraq war, his strongest suit is his case for reducing inequality in America. But the emphasis on lending and credit issues also carries some risk.

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