File in the “Free Country?” category….

Miramax, a film company owned by the Walt Disney Corporation and home to such diverse films as Kill Bill and Shakespeare in Love has pulled the distribution of Michael Moore’s latest film Farenheit 9/11.

Why? Because they “expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush’s brother, Jeb, is governor” according to the story via the NYT.

Wow…this is wrong on so many levels that I can’t even begin to list them. Isn’t there something that should protect this speech from political retaliation of this sort? A company, based in a state, fears retaliation from the governor because the film that said company is producing is critical of his brother, who happens to be the president of the US.


5 replies on “File in the “Free Country?” category….”

Well, to me the critical thing is that Disney’s afraid of losing tax breaks, i.e., extra-special treatment that they get from the State of Florida. I’m not sure I’d call losing a tax break “retaliation;” I might be more inclined to call it “redistributing the wealth.”

But then, I’m just basically a communist.

Nevertheless, point well taken regarding the fundamental cowardice of large corporate media.

Oh, I agree (that you’re a communist).


Just kidding! Actually, far be it from me to defend the Disney corp. for basically ANYTHING. They are as near “evil” as any media corp. can be. The situation is just a bit…odd.

I don’t think I’d trust anything that came from Disney that claimed to have any historical
content anyways..

First of all it is not a movie, but a documentary. I agree the movie was very biased leaning
toward one side way too much, and put together just to show what the bias was,
but not a single thing in there was a lie, otherwise Moore would be sitting now.
They were all facts.
Sorry to break this news to you, but you are living in the world of lies

Reality, just pure reality we are part of, but don’t want to know it.

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