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Send a message to Michael Eisner about bowing to political pressure to stop the distribution of Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11

I’d be extremely surprised if Michael Moore’s film Farenheit 9/11 didn’t contain (1) oodles of exaggeration, slander by innuendo, and plain misrepresentation; (2) some nuggets of fact extremely damaging to George W. Bush, especially with respect to his connections with the Saudis; and (3) some funny scenes.

I doubt I’d bother to see it if it came out. I don’t doubt it will make money for its distributors.

The thought that Disney is suppressing Farenheit 9/11 because it’s scared of political backlash (or, to be precise, what Jeb would do to the tax breaks Disney gets on its Florida theme parks) is really chilling. Nothing less would have prompted Disney to pick a fight with Miramax, one of the few bright spots in a rather dismal corporate picture.

And nothing less than a flood of angry (but of course restrained and polite) emails, phone calls, and letters will suffice to reverse the decision.

The “Save Disney” website has Eisner’s mailing address:

Mr. Michael D. Eisner

Chief Executive Officer

The Walt Disney Company

500 Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521-0752

Phone: (818) 560-1000

FAX: (818) 560-1930

(Phone and fax courtesy of a poster on the official Republican website GOPUSA, where members were urged to pressure Disney not to distribute the film.)

Worth a shot, it seems to me.

Update: Reference to the “Save Disney” website pulled; my email bounced. However, when I called the main Disney number and asked for Mr. Eisner’s office, the receptionist replied, “Is this about the Michael Moore film?” So I guess the decision is attracting some static. Writing is probably more useful than calling; the message says that due to heavy call volume no calls will be returned. Do both, if you have the energy. Remember, keep it cool and polite.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com