Thursday, August 26, 2004
Derek has an op-ed in today's Christian Science Monitor on the distinction between funding for the movie Fahrenheit911 and the ads run by the 527 organization Swift Boat Veterans For Truth.
Check it out.
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feel that your example of free speech is a poor one. Fahrenheit 9/11 was
made for a cost of $6 million financed by Miramax. I don't know how to
determine how much money was spent on promoting the movie but I am certain it
was a healthy amount.
Perhaps it would have been a wiser business decision for SBVT to finance a
'documentary' to tell their side of the story but the fact is that neither
story would have been told without lots of big and powerful money behind
Plus, to some extent, all of us have an equal ability to write a screen play, pitch it to movie producers, and have them produce it if they think it will sell. We don't have an equal ability to pay to have ads that we like put on TV.
According to my reading SBVT planned to spend $500,000 on advertising. $200,000 of that from Bob Perry and the rest of other donors. I know a number of people capable of making such donations (they won't donate it to me unfortunately). However multiple sources indicate the average SBVT donation to be around $60. Certainly almost anybody that believes strongly in something can afford $60.
Contrast this with how difficult it is to get a movie green-lighted. Perhaps I hang with the wrong crowd but I do not know anyone who has had their movie idea made.
Perhaps they would have been more wise to invest their $500,000 in "Fight for your 'Right' to Party (in the White House)" starring Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.
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