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Moore's Pre-Election TV Special Nixed - ``legitimate business and legal concerns''
The Associated Press ^ | 16 October 2004 | DAVID BAUDER

Posted on 10/16/2004 8:54:25 PM PDT by Former Military Chick

New York - A cable pay-per-view company has decided not to show a three-hour election eve special with filmmaker Michael Moore that included a showing of his documentary ``Fahrenheit 9/11,'' which is sharply critical of President Bush.

The company, iN DEMAND, said Friday that its decision is due to ``legitimate business and legal concerns.'' A spokesman would not elaborate.

Moore has just released his movie on DVD and was seeking a TV outlet for the film.

Earlier this week, trade publications said Moore was close to a deal with iN DEMAND for ``The Michael Moore Pre-Election Special,'' which also would include interviews with politically active celebrities and admonitions to vote. The Nov. 1 special was to be available for $9.95.

Moore said Friday he signed a contract with the company in early September and is considering legal action. He said he believes iN DEMAND decided not to air the film because of pressure from ``top Republican people.''

``Apparently people have put pressure on them and they've broken a contract,'' Moore told The Associated Press.

``We've informed them of their legal responsibility and we all informed them that every corporate executive that has attempted to prohibit Americans from seeing this film has failed,'' Moore said. ``There's been one struggle or another over this, but we've always come out on top because you can't tell Americans they can't watch this.''

The New York-based iN DEMAND, owned by the Time Warner, Cox and Comcast cable companies, makes pay-per-view programming available in 28 million homes, or about one-quarter of the nation's homes with television.

In a statement, iN DEMAND said any legal action Moore might take against the company would be ``entirely baseless and groundless.''

This spring, Moore did battle with the Walt Disney Co., which refused to release ``Fahrenheit 9/11'' through its Miramax Films because it was too politically partisan for the company's taste.

Moore found other distributors. The movie, which attacks Bush's handling of the war on terrorists and war in Iraq and the Bush family's ties to Saudi royalty, earned more than $100 million at the box office.

In an interview with a Maine television station that aired this week, former President George H.W. Bush called Moore a ``slimeball'' and an expletive.

Also Friday, Moore offered to let Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. air the movie for free. Such a deal would likely get a chilly reception at Sinclair, a broadcaster with a reputation for conservative politics that plans to air a critical documentary about John Kerry's anti-Vietnam War activities on dozens of TV stations two weeks before the election.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2004electionbias; axismikey; campaignad; fahrenheit911; indemand; lyingliar; moore; mooreisanexpletive; mooreisaslimeball; prodictator; propaganda; proterrorist; traitor; treason
Excellent news. They may have been close to a deal, but, in the end public pressure for them to do the right thing outweighed the all mighty dollar!

Just try and sue them Moore!

1 posted on 10/16/2004 8:54:26 PM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

pls sue them please please........ this is what is costing him ...... sueing and his tirades...... he is a coward.....


2 posted on 10/16/2004 8:55:27 PM PDT by Gibtx (Pajamahadien call to arms.....)
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To: Former Military Chick

Awe! A single tear rolls down my cheek!


3 posted on 10/16/2004 8:56:11 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/books/electivedecisions.shtml)
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To: Chieftain; Ragtime Cowgirl; gatorbait; GreyFriar; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; americanmother; ...

**ping**

Had I known I would have written a letter, the company did the right thing, it is filled with lies and propaganda!


4 posted on 10/16/2004 8:56:56 PM PDT by Former Military Chick (REALLY REALLY Ticked OFF in the heartland)
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To: Former Military Chick

Pity....


5 posted on 10/16/2004 8:57:24 PM PDT by 2ndreconmarine
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To: Former Military Chick

Documentary? Oh, al-JazAP...


6 posted on 10/16/2004 8:57:50 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a veil for MASS MURDERS. Save your time...)
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To: Gibtx

The way you put it, I would say go ahead and sue. I just hate to see a good company who did the right thing have to pay for court proceedings just to be proven right.

Now if Moore had to pay for a frivilous lawsuit -- well Moore just go ahead and try.


7 posted on 10/16/2004 8:58:53 PM PDT by Former Military Chick (REALLY REALLY Ticked OFF in the heartland)
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To: Former Military Chick

the more he sues or his business gets sued the more people will back away form him ...... because of the reason you state.... and there just so much time in the day ..... and Moore becomes a risk......

in fact it would be good to do research to find out all his bad deals...... and publish it for everyone to see.....

this is what u get do u want ur hard earn buiness dealing with this.......


8 posted on 10/16/2004 9:01:19 PM PDT by Gibtx (Pajamahadien call to arms.....)
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To: Former Military Chick
Moore's Pre-Election TV Special Nixed - ``legitimate business and legal concerns''

Read lack of interest.

9 posted on 10/16/2004 9:05:31 PM PDT by silent_jonny (Kicking Ass & Taking Hyphenated Names!)
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10 posted on 10/16/2004 9:07:24 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (GET OUT THE VOTE NOV 2 ! IF YOUR NEIGHBORS OR RELATIVES NEED A RIDE TO THE POLLS OFFER TO HELP)
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To: silent_jonny

True, if you think about it folks who have seen this paid how much? They may want Kerry in, but, do they really want to pay almost 10 bux to show that they indeed think the movie is credable. The movie will eventually be on HBO or Showtime or the like.

So lack of interest is a good observation.


11 posted on 10/16/2004 9:07:49 PM PDT by Former Military Chick (REALLY REALLY Ticked OFF in the heartland)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for all the great info and I will indeed pass this along to those in my address book. They are already voting, but, who know maybe they will know someone on the fence, every vote does count! Now and in all elections.


12 posted on 10/16/2004 9:10:27 PM PDT by Former Military Chick (REALLY REALLY Ticked OFF in the heartland)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Good! I don't have to drop my cable company.


13 posted on 10/16/2004 9:13:13 PM PDT by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Michael Moore profiting off my husbands blood

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1247246/posts

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Thank you from Cee-gar man and family

14 posted on 10/16/2004 9:16:49 PM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Former Military Chick

Moore rails against the Capitalist system while using it to his advantage. Does anyone here actually believe that Moore is not thinking about the money he might make? The idiots that support him are delusional. Has Moore given a lot of his earnings to the downtrodden of society? How about an equal distribution of the money he has earned. He doesn't need the money; he is working for the little guy, right?

If you listen carefully, you can here him laugh at his supporters each time he makes a withdrawal.


15 posted on 10/16/2004 9:18:37 PM PDT by kddid (Hope springs eternal.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

No Mo Moore?...I.A. is saddened...so saddened....


16 posted on 10/16/2004 9:20:51 PM PDT by international american (Support our troops!! Send Kerry back to Bedlam,Massachusetts!!)
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To: Former Military Chick
So lack of interest is a good observation.

Thanks. I know I'm not interested in it--free or otherwise.

17 posted on 10/16/2004 9:24:49 PM PDT by silent_jonny (Kicking Ass & Taking Hyphenated Names!)
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To: TexKat
God be with your husband.

Is that the Saddam statue in the background of that top picture? Just curious.

18 posted on 10/16/2004 9:27:44 PM PDT by silent_jonny (Kicking Ass & Taking Hyphenated Names!)
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To: silent_jonny
Thanks silent_jonny, but that is not my husband, but one of our heros. We some freepers adopted Ceegar Man US Marine after seeing his picture on the day Baghdad fell.

Yes, that is Saddam statue in the background of that top picture. Click on the accompanying links and you will see the history.

19 posted on 10/16/2004 9:35:49 PM PDT by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: international american

There there, there there. It'll be alright. I know the pain seem like it'll never go away, but trust me the sun will rise tomorrow. Remember there's always the DVD.


20 posted on 10/16/2004 9:41:19 PM PDT by Valin (Out Of My Mind; Back In Five Minutes)
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To: Former Military Chick; All

Wow! That's GOOD!

Maybe all those Billboards in the 'Heartland' are starting to have a 'positive impact'.
...We can only hope that happy trend will continue through November...


21 posted on 10/17/2004 1:44:31 AM PDT by Seadog Bytes (Benedict Arnold was ALSO a 'war hero'... before he became a Traitor!!!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!!!!!!!


22 posted on 10/17/2004 3:14:26 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Former Military Chick
Michael Moore is a pig.



No offense intended to all good pigs in the world.


23 posted on 10/17/2004 5:04:42 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Former Military Chick

Poor Moore-always picked on by those all powerful right wing bullies, who exist only inside his sick little mind.

If anyone on the right had even a smidgen of the power this creature would have us believe, all his rantings would have long ago been recycled into toilet paper and flushed into the sewer where they belong.

If Moore ate less, we could feed all the worlds hungry.


24 posted on 10/17/2004 5:31:14 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (The liberal Democrats are properly redefining themselves as the pro-aggressive party.)
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To: Former Military Chick; All

Moore, thanks to the glory of our first amendment, has had his say. He put out a movie, and now a book.

It's fair that someone with a different viewpoint have a chance now.


25 posted on 10/17/2004 7:28:46 AM PDT by Tilly (I'm not paid to be stressed!!!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping!


26 posted on 10/17/2004 10:53:37 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Former Military Chick

Part of Moore's legal problems airing this film before probably have to do with Sony's prohibition on a television broadcast so close to the DVD release date.

Michael Moore likes to portray himself as a victim. I never heard him bitch at Fidel Castro when he supposedly aired F911 illegally.


27 posted on 10/17/2004 12:40:40 PM PDT by weegee (Ted Kennedy, your brother defined Vietnam antiwar protesters as traitors, giving aid to Ho Chi Mihn)
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