May 12, 2003
IF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION NEEDED ANOTHER REASON TO OPPOSE HOLLYWOOD ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW, here it is:
The WALT DISNEY CO. is set to spend millions financing a new explosive Bush-bashing documentary from Michael Moore [BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE] -- a documentary which claims bin Laden was greatly enriched by the Bush family!
DISNEY, via subsidiary MIRAMAX, has agreed to cover the production costs, said to be in the millions, of Moore's planned FAHRENHEIT 911.
"The primary thrust of the new film is what has happened to the country since Sept. 11, and how the Bush administration used this tragic event to push its agenda," Moore explains.
FAHRENHEIT 911 will be released during the upcoming presidential election cycle. [More Moore in '04.]
Note to Rove: I know you guys generally sympathize with big corporations, but trust me on this -- these guys aren't your friends, and they never will be. So why not stick it to them on this IP stuff. It's the right thing to do anyway. Just read this and this and, oh Hell, this, too.
UPDATE: A lawyer/reader emails:
I saw your InstaPundit post about Miramax financing Michael Moore's planned "documentary" tying Pres Bush to bin Laden. My question is whether such a production would violate McCain-Feingold? Irrespective of whether one thinks McCain-Feingold is constitutional, wouldn't it be a gas to see Michael Moore impaled on the horns of that legislation?
One word: Heh.