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Thursday, May 06, 2004

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Media self-censorship may not be illegal or immoral, but it's hard to see at as anything but bad for democracy. How can we expect an informed electorate if the four or five multinational companies that control virtually all the major media outlets decide to take an active role in deciding which political viewpoints are appropriate and which are not? Do we really want Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch deciding elections in this country? (and if you think this is over the top, just do a little research into Murdoch's role in the last few British elections)

Jon, if you'll notice, I leave open the idea of whether or not it's a good thing or not. However, in this instance, I can't really see how this comes across as even censorship. Disney has made it perfectly clear that Moore is free to find another distributor and that they doubt he'll have any trouble doing so. They just don't want to foot the bill.

As far as I can tell, this isn't about censorship. It's about the primary purpose any media company is in existence: to make money. For whatever reason, Disney has decided Moore's film would be bad for their business so they decided not to distribute it. If Moore's product is what people want, he'll find a distributor or he'll distribute it himself. And if it's REALLY what people want, he'll make a mint doing so and laugh at Disney all the way to the bank.

Mel Gibson couldn't find any distribution network for Passion so he distributed it himself and made a fortune. The refusal by the major players to distribute his film wasn't censorship; it was just a bad business.

Likewise, Disney isn't censoring Moore. They've just made a business decision. Only time will tell if it's a good or bad one.

Disney had no intention of releasing the film--- but that doesn't make anything official...

Moore said he knew that Disney would probably not release the film...

But then, after the film was complete, he was OFFICIALLY told that the film would not be released.

There is a difference between hearing that a company does not intend to release a film (there and MANY cases in history where this has been overturned), and OFFICIALLY being told that it will not be released by them.

Intention and official notice are two totally different things. Why does that make Moore into some kind of liar ?

Disney had no intention of releasing the film--- but that doesn't make anything official...

Moore said he knew that Disney would probably not release the film...

But then, after the film was complete, he was OFFICIALLY told that the film would not be released.

There is a difference between hearing that a company does not intend to release a film (there and MANY cases in history where this has been overturned), and OFFICIALLY being told that it will not be released by them.

Intention and official notice are two totally different things. Why does that make Moore into some kind of liar ?

60 Minutes is actually right now doing a segment on Michael Moore... I just came to your blog, and I noticed on the sidebar that this entry is listed, under "Recent Comments" - since someone recently posted a comment here.

I wanted to say - I am glad that your blog is still online. I recall some time ago that I came to it, and it wasn't on the web; I am glad that it is back. You are an excellent writer, and a good blogger (though I don't agree with you on some issues).

Yesterday, it was my birthday, and some of my family members went to see the Moore movie. I was thinking of going, but I ended up not doing so... I initially thought it might make me mad, and then I thought that I would go, and then, I got into a bad mood, and thought I would be in the wrong frame of mind to yesterday afternoon.

I don't like Michael Moore, and I do believe that he lies and deceives. I don't like the Iraq war either (as you may remember), and I don't like some of the policies of the Bush administration. This latest movie seems interesting, though it probably contains many misleading and deceptive claims. I don't know if I'll see it... If you end up watching, it let me know what you thought. Thanks.

Michael Moore is one of the biggest,lying, greedy, TRAITORS this country has ever seen.
Who will SUE this lying bastard? I know there is a lawyer out there that could prove the bastard lied ON PURPOSE about many events.
A rope on his neck is too good for that fat, slobby, lying TRAITOR.
"What really happened": "Saddam Hussein was not a threat". Give me a break!!!!

If you absolutely MUST put money into the pockets of a lying,fat, TRAITOR, slob:
By a ticket for ANOTHER movie and then go see the TRAITORS movie.

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