Friday, October 15, 2004

Defending Mikey

As much as I think Big ol’ Mikey is a morbese fleshbag of gastronomic proportions, I still think that this is wrong:

The cable pay-per-view company iN DEMAND has backed away from a plan to show a three-hour election eve special with filmmaker Michael Moore that included the first television showing of his documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11." The company said Friday it would not air "The Michael Moore Pre-Election Special" due to "legitimate business and legal concerns." A spokesman would not elaborate.
The company shouldn’t have to show the movie, but if it wants too, it should be able too without having to worry about “legal concerns” (unless these illegal concerns were related to the lies or slander in the movie, which they are not).

The company is afraid that it will violate campaign finance law, because the airing of Moore’s film would seem to be a contribution to the Kerry campaign.

When a company fears that by airing a message it will come under fire from the government, this is censorship, and so a violation of the first amendment. Regardless of a person’s opinion of Moore, they should support the right of a company to broadcast his tripe up to, and including, the day of the election. That’s free speech, like it or lump it.

Of course, Moore’s response is inane:
In a statement, iNDEMAND said "we regret that our decision has led Michael Moore to consider legal action against us," which it said would be "entirely baseless and groundless." The company did not say what legal action Moore was considering.
It's not the company's fault that the government will come after them if they don't air the film. They should be free to act in there best business interest, whether this means airing Mikey's film or not.

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