Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Disney Blocks Film Critical of Bush or Why Big Media Sucks, Reason # 3,001

Yes Michael Moore is a great filmmaker. Yes Michael Moore has some serious beef with GWB. Yes Michael Moore has been known to play a little fast with the facts.
He’s not owed anything, but it seems damn fishy that Disney is blocking its subsidiary Miramax from releasing "Fahrenheit 9/11"
Michael Moore is absolutely a windbag, but he’s growing more effective all the time. His “deserter” charge snowballed into weeks of scrutiny into Bush’s national guard file. And while the press corps never really dug below the surface and the matter will likely never be resolved, the Campaigner in Chief’s service was actually questioned for a moment.

The most interesting part of this is that it might actually wake Congress up to the real world. Burried in the article is a reference to potential congressional action against big media censorship.
“In addition, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, called for hearings of the Senate Commerce Committee to look into the pattern of politically based corporate censorship of the news media and the entertainment industry, the senator's office said.
"While corporate leaders rarely exercise discretion over gross indecency or violence, we have seen a number of corporate conglomerates censor material recently based on political content," Lautenberg sad in a letter to Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, Republican of Arizona.”
Let’s hope that with this ball in the Straight Talk court, something might actually get done.