Saturday, September 04, 2004 : "Fahrenheit 9/11" in Crawford County Yanked

Saturday essay - "Much fuss is being made of a nonprofit community theater's decision to pull a scheduled screening of Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' in Crawford County. Of course, pontificating pundits for John Kerry are calling it 'censorship.'
What got most noses out of joint was a decision by the board of the Academy Theatre in Meadville to postpone the scheduled screenings this weekend until after the Nov. 2 election because of outcry over the film's anti-Bush political slant. Then the committee that runs the film series decided to yank the film entirely. That reason? It's coming out on DVD in October, so by screening it thereafter the movie would, ahem, lose its impact.
Hogwash. More than 60 years later film houses still screen 'Casablanca,' and that's readily available on DVD. Of course, we're comparing a classic to something that has the same credibility as 'Plan 9 From Outer Space.'
A teacher of political communication at Edinboro University tells the Post-Gazette the whole matter smells like censorship. What, again? Isn't this road getting awfully rutted by toadies for Kerry? "


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