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Wherein I Defend Michael Moore’s Right to Speak, and Other Topics Raised by Kevin Murphy

Filed under: 2004 Election,Civil Liberties,Court Decisions,Media Bias,Morons,Movies — Patterico @ 10:02 pm

The always-valuable Kevin Murphy has two good excellent posts today that I would like to highlight.

One finds an inaccurate and biased headline in an AP article (if you can believe that): “Court Denounces Bush on Terror Suspects.” The accompanying article predictably contains no evidence of said denouncing.

Kevin’s second post notes that the advisory counsel for the FEC has advised the Commission that, in his opinion, the McCain-Feingold law prevents Michael Moore from advertising his film “Fahrenheit 9/11″ after July 30, 2004.

I am not joking.

I’ll bet a lot of you thought I was being hysterical when I equated McCain-Feingold with the repeal of the First Amendment. How do you feel now? — now that there is a serious possibility that a filmmaker cannot advertise his film because it contains speech calculated to encourage people to oppose a sitting president?

I despise Michael Moore. But people like Kevin Murphy and me believe that jerks like Michael Moore have the right to make whatever ridiculous arguments they wish to make. And if those arguments are made in a film, and Moore or the distributor of his film wish to promote that film, they have that right under the First Amendment.

The irony is that, if the FEC adopts this position, it will be seen as a partisan move by “The Bush Administration” rather than as a logical application of a clearly unconstitutional law passed mainly by Democrats. (By the way, the phrase “it will be seen as” means “it will be portrayed by our eminently objective national media as.”)

8 Responses to “Wherein I Defend Michael Moore’s Right to Speak, and Other Topics Raised by Kevin Murphy”

  1. Bush could always grant Michael Moore a Presidential pardon. (Am I joking? Damn, even I can’t tell).

    ras (edf21c)

  2. Hey, gee, thanks. I’ve always wanted to be valuable. 😉

    Kevin Murphy (6a7945)

  3. Paterico: spoken like a true democrat in the sense of the old Voltaire: “I am totally opposed to what you are saying, but I would give my life for your right to say it!” (very loose translation, sorry!)

    I think the Moore-hype will pass on soon and people will lay back in their cinema or cosy chairs and think: funny, but a lot of crap! Still: to bane it from advertising during the campaign seems a) ridiculous and b) the best advertising ever for the movie. Those pencil pusher should read the last book in the harry Potter series to see what happens when you ban something from reading/seeing by the public: interest mutiplies a thousandfold!

    Cheerio from Old Europe

    Pat (7bd0d9)

  4. I think the FEC should go after Moore to the hilt. For one thing, it would give Michael Moore something productive to do, for a change. For another, making the law equally bad for all in a high-profile case could be the catalyst needed to get this turkey repealed.

    At the very least, it would make John McCain and Russ Feingold look very stupid, as it should. It would also Bush look a little stupid for signing it, but it wouldn’t make Kerry look any better for having voted for it.

    Xrlq (5ffe06)

  5. moore is the best film maker ever and bush is the worst president ever. goto for moore bush rock opera from syberite

    g stomberg (d4a8b9)

  6. most people who attack moore have never seen his movie because it’s easier to just call him a liar than it is to watch his movie and find out how factual and honest it really is. also, moore is NOT the president he’s just a comedian who makes movies so if you spent your time studying bush’s lies the country would be in better shape. ‘no more years’ should be america’s slogan for bush

    g stomberg (f0ff0f)

  7. Let Michael Moore Speak
    I am no fan of Michael Moore…and I have no intention of watching his film, Farenheit 9-11…I still have yet to see Harry Potter’s new flick. But amid the controversy, I have one thing to say–let Michael Moore speak. David…

    BoiFromTroy (96766d)

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