May 6, 2004

Moore to Disney: Thanks For The Ride

The London Independent reports in tomorrow's edition that Michael Moore, instead of being a victim of evil, corporate America in the form of the Disney Corporation, instead lied about Disney's intentions to promote his film as well a an illusion of martyrdom:

Less than 24 hours after accusing the Walt Disney Company of pulling the plug on his latest documentary in a blatant attempt at political censorship, the rabble-rousing film-maker Michael Moore has admitted he knew a year ago that Disney had no intention of distributing it. ...

In an indignant letter to his supporters, Moore said he had learnt only on Monday that Disney had put the kibosh on distributing the film, which has been financed by the semi-independent Disney subsidiary Miramax.

But in the CNN interview he said: "Almost a year ago, after we'd started making the film, the chairman of Disney, Michael Eisner, told my agent he was upset Miramax had made the film and he will not distribute it."

And so the bloviating filmmaker managed to fool the New York Times into putting his hoax onto its front page, as the article notes, as well as writing a scathing editorial chiding Disney for its lack of commitment to free expression:

Give the Walt Disney Company a gold medal for cowardice for blocking its Miramax division from distributing a film that criticizes President Bush and his family. A company that ought to be championing free expression has instead chosen to censor a documentary that clearly falls within the bounds of acceptable political commentary. ... it is clear that Disney loves its bottom line more than the freedom of political discourse.

The Times editorial notes that Michael Moore "likes to skewer the rich and powerful." I wonder how they feel now that the Times has become another victim of Moore's lies.

Via the new aggregate blog Memeorandum, a fine addition to the blogroll.


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