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5/22/2004

Dog Trainer Staff: “What? Michael Moore Lied?”

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 1:04 pm

Today’s Los Angeles Dog Trainer runs this telling correction:

“Fahrenheit 9/11″ An article about Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11″ in Monday’s Calendar section said Walt Disney Co. “until recently” intended to release the film. Although Miramax Films provided financing for the movie, neither Miramax nor its parent company, Disney, which have separate theatrical movie distribution operations, ever announced that either would distribute the film. Disney said that it never planned to distribute the film.

When it was revealed that Michael Moore had lied about Disney’s plans to release the film, as part of an apparent publicity stunt, every conservative I know was talking about the news within hours. Moore had given a statement to CNN saying that Disney had told him a year earlier that they were not going to produce the film. This news had made it to New Zealand by May 7. (By May 8, even the Dog Trainer‘s Tim Rutten knew about it, for heaven’s sake.)

Yet the writer and editors charged with printing a story about the controversy were unaware that Moore had lied, and repeated Moore’s lies in an article written on May 17. The article even printed a quote from Moore in which he asserted that the media had gotten the story wrong — without confronting him with his admissions to the contrary on CNN.

The reporter and editors involved in this story had heard about Moore’s initial bogus claim, but not about the fact that it was a lie. This wouldn’t happen at a paper with a healthy population of conservatives.

12 Responses to “Dog Trainer Staff: “What? Michael Moore Lied?””

  1. Mountain, meet Molehill. Molehill, Mountain.

    m.croche (af52b8)

  2. Tune in next Friday.

    Patterico (f7b3e5)

  3. For once I agree with Croche. The lie about Disney is a molehill compared to the mountains of lies in the movie.

    What’s that? That’s not what croche meant?

    Justene (c82bd3)

  4. The LA Times correction doesn’t contradict what Moore said. The LA Times story says 1) they never planned to distribute it (probably true – they probably planned to benefit by containing it until after the election) and 2) they never announced they would distribute it (true to my knowledge, but apparently not what they were telling Michael Moore).

    What they did do is tell Michael Moore that Buena Vista would distribute it, then tell him much later that they changed their minds. Until *those* facts are disputed these claims are just ships passing in the night.

    Here’s Moore’s story (from michaelmoore.com):

    “In April of 2003, I signed a deal with Miramax, a division of the Walt Disney Co., to finance and distribute my next movie, Fahrenheit 9/11. (The original financier had backed out; I will tell that story at a later date.) In my contract it is stated that Miramax will distribute my film in the U.S. through Disney’s distribution arm, Buena Vista Distribution. It also gives Miramax the rights to distribute and sell the movie around the world.”

    Moore claims he has a contract. Unless the terms are somehow under legal wraps, someone should just ask him to produce the contract.

    Bryguy (dc84e1)

  5. The LA Times correction doesn’t contradict what Moore said. The LA Times story says 1) they never planned to distribute it (probably true – they probably planned to benefit by containing it until after the election) and 2) they never announced they would distribute it (true to my knowledge, but apparently not what they were telling Michael Moore).

    What they did do is tell Michael Moore that Buena Vista would distribute it, then tell him much later that they changed their minds. Until *those* facts are disputed these claims are just ships passing in the night.

    Here’s Moore’s story (from michaelmoore.com):

    “In April of 2003, I signed a deal with Miramax, a division of the Walt Disney Co., to finance and distribute my next movie, Fahrenheit 9/11. (The original financier had backed out; I will tell that story at a later date.) In my contract it is stated that Miramax will distribute my film in the U.S. through Disney’s distribution arm, Buena Vista Distribution. It also gives Miramax the rights to distribute and sell the movie around the world.”

    Moore claims he has a contract. Unless the terms are somehow under legal wraps, someone should just ask him to produce the contract.

    Bryguy (dc84e1)

  6. The LA Times correction doesn’t contradict what Moore said. The LA Times story says 1) they never planned to distribute it (probably true – they probably planned to benefit by containing it until after the election) and 2) they never announced they would distribute it (true to my knowledge, but apparently not what they were telling Michael Moore). What they did do is tell Michael Moore that Buena Vista would distribute it, then tell him much later that they changed their minds.

    Here’s Moore’s story (from michaelmoore.com):

    “In April of 2003, I signed a deal with Miramax, a division of the Walt Disney Co., to finance and distribute my next movie, Fahrenheit 9/11. … In my contract it is stated that Miramax will distribute my film in the U.S. through Disney’s distribution arm, Buena Vista Distribution. It also gives Miramax the rights to distribute and sell the movie around the world.”

    Moore claims he has a contract. Unless the terms are somehow under legal wraps, someone should just ask him to produce the contract.

    Bryguy (dc84e1)

  7. Does the Puppy Trainer mention that Moore knew a year ago that Buena Vista wouldn’t distribute the film?

    And that he admitted as much on nationwide television?

    McGehee (5c0681)

  8. Tim Rutten did. But the article I refer do does not.

    Patterico (f7b3e5)

  9. I can’t believe I’m writing about Michael Moore again
    Via Prestopundit, a Fred Barnes article on the lies of Michael Moore. See also Patterico on the speed of the LA Times reaction to the latest lie….

    Calblog (2fb2f0)

  10. http://tvh.rjwest.com/archives/004711.html
    At this point, should we start the Mikey Lie of the Day?…

    Croooow Blog (59b5c4)

  11. http://tvh.rjwest.com/archives/004711.html
    At this point, should we start the Mikey Lie of the Day?…

    Croooow Blog (59b5c4)


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