Friday, May 11, 2007

RE: Michael Moore's Playing Us Again

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From: disinformation
Date: May 11, 2007 3:28 PM


Does anyone remember what happened the last time Michael Moore took his soon-to-be-released movie to the Cannes Film Festival?

Just in case, let me refresh your memory. In curiously convenient timing, Moore let it be known during the festival that Disney's then-CEO Michael Eisner (he of the $550 million annual pay check) would not let specialty division Miramax release Fahrenheit 9/11, no matter how much Harvey Weinstein wanted to. The media was all over the story, giving the film the kind of exposure no studio's advertising budget could ever afford.

Whether Eisner and Disney were in on it we (or at least I) don't know, but it was a lesson you'd think that had been learned by all in Hollywood. Parenthetically, it brings to mind Fox suing Al Franken over the phrase "Fair and balanced," ensuring the otherwise doubtful success of Franken's book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. But that's another story.

Now, with Moore at Cannes to promote his new movie Sicko, comes the news that Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in the film. Fox News gives the story a good run here and Moore makes the most of the controversy on his site here.

Convenient timing indeed. Incidentally, Michael and Harvey are together again: The Weinstein Company (Harvey & Bob Weinstein's post-Disney company) is releasing the movie in U.S. theaters on June 29, 2007.

Now I can't help thinking that maybe Disney gave Moore a helping hand in the timing of its refusal to release Fahrenheit 9/11. You can see why they might do it - to keep Harvey Weinstein happy and quiet might have been motivation enough, for instance - but why would the U.S. government want to help promote Sicko? Is there someone in the government who really wants health care reform. The mind boggles.

Suggestions welcome!

— Gary Baddeley, publisher

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