An Uninformed Country is a United Country
Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that they would prevent Miramax from releasing "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's latest documentary. Yesterday, Miramax themselves revealed that they would not be distributing the film. Moore's latest opus, which explores the links between the Bush family and the bin Ladens, was bailed out by Miramax when funding dried up in 2002. While Moore claims he has no beef with Miramax, the New York Times reported that Moore's lawyer believed that Disney chief Michael Eisner was worried that the film's release could adversely effect tax breaks that Disney receives from Jeb Bush's Florida. A senior Disney senior official told the Times that the real reason was... get ready for it... it wasn't in Disney's interests to be "dragged into a highly charged partisan political battle."
For those putting out signposts on the censorship trail that's:
Nightline reading of the names of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq pulled by Sinclair Broadcast Group:
'The company said Friday's program "appears to be motivated by a political agenda designed to undermine the efforts of the United States in Iraq." '
No to Move On Ad Campaign at Superbowl, yes to Bush ads (for which the White House spent 1.6 million, the biggest single-event pay-out in its history).
'CBS rejected a request from MoveOn to air the 30-second spot, saying "Child's Pay" violated the network's policy against accepting advocacy advertising, a company spokesperson told reporters.'
CBS dumps Reagan miniseries
"It should not have taken a national groundswell of hundreds of thousands of Americans to make Hollywood and CBS realize that an attack on the Reagans is seen by most Americans as an attack on our values," former Republican congressional staffer Michael Parazino who launched BoycottCBS.com.
Alright, now I'm just tired of listing them. Also, it's fitting that the Moore doc's name is a play on the famous Ray Bradbury novel, because... forget it, I give up.
...editor's note: don't forget our story two weeks ago about the woman who was fired by the military for taking pictures of military coffins coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.