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Midwest Theaters Ban 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

The president of a company that owns movie theaters in Iowa and Nebraska is refusing to show director Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."

R.L. Fridley, owner of Des Moines-based Fridley Theatres, says the controversial documentary incites terrorism.
Midwest Theaters Ban 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

President of Midwest Theater Company Refuses to Screen Michael Moore Documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

The Associated Press

DECORAH, Iowa July 3, 2004 The president of a company that owns movie theaters in Iowa and Nebraska is refusing to show director Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."

R.L. Fridley, owner of Des Moines-based Fridley Theatres, says the controversial documentary incites terrorism.

Fridley said in an e-mail message to company managers that the company does not "play political propaganda films from either the right or the left."

"Our country is in a war against an enemy who would destroy our way of life, our culture and kill our people," Fridley wrote. "These barbarians have shown through (the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001) and the recent beheadings that they will stop at nothing. I believe this film emboldens them and divides our country even more."

"Fahrenheit 9/11" won best picture at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and has grossed millions of dollars at the box office. Moore won an Academy Award for an earlier work, "Bowling for Columbine."

Critics accuse the film of being an unfair and inaccurate portrayal about President Bush's policies before and after Sept. 11, 2001.

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twilight zone 03.Jul.2004 16:36

sad

you have stepped into a demension, known as Iowa.

I 04.Jul.2004 09:27

think

it's time for a indy media in Des Moines.

Capitalism has a human face... 04.Jul.2004 09:47

Pravda or Consequences

and it's called hypocrisy. Free speech is not allowed unless it has a member sponsor in the marketplace of ideas. Maybe a local entrepreneur could get in touch with the distributor and rent a venue.

sad... 04.Jul.2004 10:20

this thing here

there would be little to no room or reason for a film like "fahrenheit 911" if the press in this country had reported all of the facts in mr. moore's film in the first place. the question is, why didn't they.

and for the press to claim that most of mr. moore's points are "debateable" or merely "suspicions", and therefore are not worthy of being reported, is such utter and absolute hypocrisy of the highest order. after all, it was the same press which dutifully parrotted the utter bullshit about iraq's "massive stockpiles" of WMD's, a "certain fact" the press assured us, but which has now vanished in a poof of smoke into the utter LIE it always was.

if the press did their job, mr. moore wouldn't have to do his. and that goes for all of the various topics mr. moore's films have covered. and i think the threatened, reactionary response of the press in this country, with the constant parade of "fiction vs. reality" and "reality check" stories regarding fahrenheit 911, is evidence of how defensive and threatened the press and the corporate media feels.

good 04.Jul.2004 11:09

red suspenders

We couldnt ask for better advertising for the dvd which had better to come out late summer.