Sunday, October 31, 2004

Library Journal - Libraries Shelve Fahrenheit 9/11 Screenings

Library Journal - Libraries Shelve Fahrenheit 9/11 Screenings: "Libraries in Ohio and New York have cancelled screenings of Michael Moore’s award-winning anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 after receiving numerous complaints, including a lawsuit. The Elyria Public Library, OH, shelved its screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 and a second documentary criticizing Moore’s film because it had not yet received showing rights, the AP reported. James Pengoy, a local citizen, however, had filed a suit trying to block the screening, saying he wanted "to stop the library from lending a platform specifically against President Bush." Pengoy’s motives are suspect: in August he tried to sell his vote on eBay, so the library contends his suit had no influence on its decision. The library will serve as a polling center November 2, and therefore is prohibited from engaging in any activity that could be construed as supporting a specific candidate. The library’s motive for screening the film was to save numerous patrons on a lengthy reserve list for the DVD release the long wait to see it."


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