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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Slate Online Accused of Journalism

I’m not one for passing up an opportunity to shine a little light into the darker recesses of the far left, even if that light comes from an unexpected source. Today I ran across this article from Slate Online, which gives us a good look beneath one of the rocks Michael Moore was living under last summer. Remember all that “Disney is censoring me!” fuss around Fahrenheit 9/11? Turns out that there was a little more to Disney’s decision not to distribute the film than Moore and his sleezy Hollywood agent would like us to believe:

On May 5, 2004, the New York Times ran a front-page article headlined "Disney Is Blocking Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush." The story included the sensational charge that Eisner "expressed particular concern that [choosing to distribute Fahrenheit 9/11] would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush's brother, Jeb, is governor." The source for this allegation was Moore's agent, Ari Emanuel. Two days later, Moore claimed on his Web site that Disney's board of directors rejected Fahrenheit 9/11 "last week." In fact, the Disney board had not made such a decision in 2004 - the project had been vetoed in 2003.

Remember that Slate is fairly notorious for attacking the right. Their coorespondents and editors are usually supportive of the left – most especially the Hollywood left – so "Paranoia for Fun and Profit" comes as something of a surprise. Is it just a random jab at someone who is now considered a large enough target (pun very much intended) for everyone to pick on? Or might we have discovered, in Edward Jay Epstein, a Slate reporter who actually values honesty?

The Zoo shall dispatch an Agent or two to investigate, post-haste.