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Michael Moore, whose new film Fahrenheit 911 was rejected by Disney over a year ago for distribution, continues to claim that Disney actually refused to distribute the film due to pressure from a "top Republican" in the White House:
The White House tried to halt the making and release of Michael Moore's new film Fahrenheit 9/11, the film-maker alleged in Cannes on Sunday. The director told a Cannes audience the Bush administration wanted to keep the film off screens in the run-up to November's US election. ...
He has given no evidence to substantiate his allegations, but said "someone connected to the White House" and a "top Republican" had put pressure on film companies not to release the film.
The BBC fails to note the London Independent's report from two weeks ago, Moore knowingly lied about Disney in order to promote his new film:
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.
Far from being a Conservative bastion, the Independent aims at exactly the same audience as Moore. According to Moore, however, his movies have the power to magically tranform otherwise unsuspecting individuals to Democrats, which led to the White House panicking and convincing Disney to bury the film and put a horse's head in Moore's bed:
The director has already shown the film at test screenings in the Midwest of the US. "The reaction was overwhelming," he said. "People who were on the fence - undecided voters - suddenly weren't on the fence."
Moore launched his film at the Cannes festival, where I suspect he considers many of the attendees to be sitting on the fence, so that when they see his latest documentary and decry the Bush administration he can claim that he's made new converts. It's all part of the magic of Michael Moore, which is nothing more than some misdirection and hot air.Sphere It View blog reactionsPosted by Ed Morrissey at May 16, 2004 9:52 PM
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