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Old 05-07-04, 07:25 AM   #1
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May 6, 2004 – Editorial, New York Times

Disney's Craven Behavior

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.

The documentary was prepared by Michael Moore, a controversial filmmaker who likes to skewer the rich and powerful. As described by Jim Rutenberg yesterday in The Times, the film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," links the Bush family with prominent Saudis, including the family of Osama bin Laden. It describes financial ties that go back three decades and explores the role of the government in evacuating relatives of Mr. bin Laden from the United States shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The film was financed by Miramax and was expected to be released this summer.

Mr. Moore's agent said that Michael Eisner, Disney's chief executive, had expressed concern that the film might jeopardize tax breaks granted to Disney for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Jeb Bush is governor. If that is the reason for Disney's move, it would underscore the dangers of allowing huge conglomerates to gobble up diverse media companies.

On the other hand, a senior Disney executive says the real reason is that Disney caters to families of all political stripes and that many of them might be alienated by the film. Those families, of course, would not have to watch the documentary.

It is hard to say which rationale for blocking distribution is more depressing. But it is clear that Disney loves its bottom line more than the freedom of political discourse.
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"expressed concern that the film might jeopardize tax breaks granted to Disney for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Jeb Bush is governor. If that is the reason for Disney's move, it would underscore the dangers of allowing huge conglomerates to gobble up diverse media companies."

NAH, it underscores what a !@#$%&*
screwed up tax code we have. A tax code that by its complexity consumes some 8%
of GDP.
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Moore accused of publicity stunt over Disney 'ban'

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.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/...p?story=518901

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"On the other hand, a senior Disney executive says the real reason is that Disney caters to families of all political stripes and that many of them might be alienated by the film. Those families, of course, would not have to watch the documentary."

Yeah, that must be it, Disney and Mirimax only do quility entertainment,. Why I remeber just the other night, I sat down with my 8 year old cousins (who, although young already have a bit of a lean to the rupublican side) we did a double Disney/Mirimax feature. "The little mermaid" and "pulp fiction".

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Madonna's "Maverick" lable is actually a subsidary of mirimax / disney and they had no problems publishing her raunchy "sex" book a few years back. It featured "simulated beastiality," homosexuality, orgies, and alternative uses for Vanilla Ice.

On another disney note-- "intellectual properties" are supposed to go public domain after 50 years. Inotherwords, Mickey Mouse (copywrite 1928) should belong to everyone. Disney got an exception and had it extended to 75 and now 100 years.

The irony is, that disney built an animation empire through the use of public domain stories, characters and fairy tales.




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Old 06-07-04, 12:22 PM   #6
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http://www.fahrenheit911.com/

Will be released in the USA on June 25.


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