News from The Independent :

“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.
The admission, during an interview with CNN, undermined Moore’s claim that Disney was trying to sabotage the US release of Fahrenheit 911 just days before its world premiere at the Cannes film festival.
Instead, it lent credence to a growing suspicion that Moore was manufacturing a controversy to help publicise the film, a full-bore attack on the Bush administration and its handling of national security since the attacks of 11 September 2001”

Given the mild reaction to all of this from Disney, might someone suggest that Disney was playing along with this lie of Moore’s?


Captain Ed, who always seems to be on the leading edge of the Bloviating Mr. Moore,notes that the New York Times predictably puked up…

a scathing editorial chiding Disney for its lack of commitment to free expression.

Said the Times, as if on cue:

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.

Says the Captain in reply:

“I wonder how they feel now that the Times has become another victim of Moore’s lies.”

To which I add: And will we see a retraction of the editorial? I said when the Blair thing came out, that the removal of the editorial staff wasn’t going to help the paper’s left-lean, if Sulzberger is still in command.

My point stands.