The Awful Truth: Episode 01 (2000)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The first episode of The Awful Truth will remind viewers of the tumult surrounding President Clinton during his final years in office. Host Michael Moore, accompanied by a costumed group resembling the Salem citizens of witch-trial fame, lampoon the impeachment process by traveling to Ken Starr's home and then Washington, D.C., Moore explains to Starr and several members of Congress that there is a cheaper way to conduct a witch trial. The colonial-clad inquisitors faint before Newt Gingrich's office and read from "the book of Starr" (aka the Starr Report). During the second half of the program, Moore introduces Chris Donahue, a man dying because his insurance company refuses to pay for a pancreas transplant. Moore visits the company with invitations to Chris' funeral. Later, a funeral rehearsal, complete with minister, casket, and pallbearers, is held outside the insurance company's office. A week after the filming, the company agreed to pay for the transplant.

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expose [revelation], investigation, truth, corruption, cover-up, deception, fraud, hypocrisy