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Michael Moore (Charley Reese)
| charlie reese
Posted on 05/11/2004 5:44:08 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
Michael Moore claims that the Walt Disney Co. is blocking the distribution of his new film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," by a Disney subsidiary, Miramax.
While I'm no fan of the present-day Disney corporation, it has a right to block the distribution of any film by its own subsidiaries. Moore, a pseudo-blue-collar multimillionaire, apparently does not understand the First Amendment. Many Americans don't.
The First Amendment gives us the right to speak and to write. It does not give anyone the right to command that others listen to or publish or distribute what he or she says or writes or produces. The best way to understand the difference between a true right and a falsely claimed right is that a true right does not compel anyone else to do anything except leave us alone.
That's why it is wrong to say that people have a "right to medical care." To say this implies that someone else must be compelled to provide it. Medical care that is affordable is a desirable social goal, but it is not a right. Ditto education, housing, jobs and other economic benefits.
I have the right to write an opinion column. That right, however, does not impose an obligation on anyone to publish it or to read it. If a newspaper declines to publish my column, it is in no way abridging my First Amendment rights. Nor is it engaging in censorship (only the government can censor). It is instead exercising its right to choose what it will and won't publish at its own expense.
All true rights are essentially negative in that they prohibit others, mainly the government, from interfering in our personal lives. The right to keep and bear arms doesn't mean that we have to own guns or that anyone has to sell them to us. It simply means the government cannot prohibit us from owning a gun.
There is and always has been, it seems a lot of talk about the liberal press and, these days, right-wing radio and television. Forgotten in this discussion is the fact that a newspaper has a right to be liberal or conservative, and so do television and radio shows. As consumers, we have the right to read or not read, to listen or not listen, to watch or not watch.
Objective journalism, meaning journalism without any bias, is a myth. Journalism is a subjective business from start to finish. Editors exercise judgment as to what stories they assign. Reporters exercise judgment as to how much information they will collect and what parts they will emphasize. All of these judgments will be influenced by subjective factors.
What can be striven for is a clear separation of opinion from factual reports. On the whole, the press does a poorer job of that than it used to, but that is a technical problem within the industry and has nothing to do with rights.
A truly free society is one in which people can think, say and do what they please as long as they don't infringe on other people's rights to think, say and do what they please. No one has a right to not be offended. No one has a right to demand that others agree with him or her. No one has a right to utter defamatory falsehoods. The reason maintaining a free society is so difficult is that it butts heads with the itch many people have to control other people.
I don't care for Moore's infantile version of liberalism, so I don't read his books or watch his movies. If the Walt Disney Co. believes that distributing his film would cause any harm to its legitimate business interests, it has a perfect right to decline to distribute it. Moore, of course, can seek other distributors. In the meantime, Moore is becoming what I so despise about many professional athletes a multimillionaire whiner.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: charleyreese; michaelmoore; moore; reese; susbarbatus; whiner
The fatass should stop his whining. No one wants to see his crappy film.
posted on 05/11/2004 5:44:50 AM PDT
Even Charlie has moments of lucidity from time to time, I see.
posted on 05/11/2004 5:47:33 AM PDT
(AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - don't liberals just kill ya?)
The First Amendment gives us the right to speak and to write.
posted on 05/11/2004 5:48:26 AM PDT
What happened here still isn't clear to me. I get impression Moore could also say that Free Republic, McDonalds, or every other company and entity refused to distribute his film.
posted on 05/11/2004 5:48:57 AM PDT
by Hillarys Gate Cult
(Proud member of the right wing extremist Neanderthals.)
Michael's so called pals don't even like him. I suppose the scum sometimes have standards.
posted on 05/11/2004 5:50:49 AM PDT
It's not just him, most filmmakers are whiners. I have heard them complain about the federal gov't not spending enough on the "arts", while at the same thime they are complaining that the gov't wants some control over what OUR money, that's another thing they don't understand gov't money is our money, is spent on producing.
Always remember kiddies, there is art and there is entertainment and never shall they meet
posted on 05/11/2004 5:52:14 AM PDT
Good catch, the government does not give rights. If that were true they can take them..
posted on 05/11/2004 5:53:12 AM PDT
by just me
To: cyborg; stainlessbanner
posted on 05/11/2004 5:55:03 AM PDT
($710.96... The price of freedom.)
To: Hillarys Gate Cult; stainlessbanner
Eisner rebutted yesterday with a letter to the editor in the Times. He was pretty hot and justified Disney's decisions by citing shareholder interests as well as decried accusations of blocking Free Speech by reminding Moore and the Times that the road runs both ways.
posted on 05/11/2004 5:55:23 AM PDT
("...US Marines have done more for world peace than all the Ben & Jerry's ever made." - PJ O'Rourke)
posted on 05/11/2004 5:55:59 AM PDT
Bump that...tough concept to get across to some folks.
posted on 05/11/2004 6:20:08 AM PDT
(Osama Bin Decomposing)
Moore knew since last year that Miramax was not going to distribute his film. This is nothing more than an attempt to generate more interest in his film. The contrived controversy is nothing more than an attempt to gain free publicity.
posted on 05/11/2004 6:22:35 AM PDT
Moore is a buffoon, a legend in his own mind.
posted on 05/11/2004 6:31:56 AM PDT
No one wants to see his crappy film.
I'm actually looking forward to seeing it.
Then his little marketing ploy worked :D
posted on 05/11/2004 6:42:22 AM PDT
Then his little marketing ploy worked :D
I posted something similar on another Michael Moore thread. But this film worries me. I think it has the potential to do more harm and sway the election.
I think his little marketing scheme did work and this Bush Bashing propaganda will be screened this fall - shortly before the elections. Sadly there are many Americans who will believe it. (I've heard amazing numbers of people - especially younger people - who believe Oliver Stone's JFK scenario is fact.
I think MM and this film could elect J F'n K. I wish we had someone on our side who could quickly put together a documentary of flipper as an antidote. But Hollywood is controlled by the Leftists.
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