Michael Eisner is on a panel now at Brainstorm 2004. He was asked if he regretted not distributing Fahrenheit 9/11. He said no. Disney is not partisan and the movie was clearly political. Disney is an entertainment company. He said Rupert Murdoch said no for a completely different reason. Murdoch said he hated Moore and liked Bush. That's not why Disney didn't distribute the film.

When asked whether he liked the movie, Eisner said he loved it. It was like going to a rock concert. It was entertaining, hilarious. He loved it in a non-political way.

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So Eisner is also saying that Disney has never ever distributed a movie that was or contained "political" subject matter? Wow.

That's an interesting challenge - find a political film produced and/or distributed by a Disney subsidiary.

I looked at Touchstone Pictures, and the closest I could find was Kundun. They also made Starship Troopers, though, which may well place them in a lower circle of Hell than Lions Gate.

Scott, I assume we are both going on the little Joi has posted here, and as such, Eisner said no such thing. That would be ludicrous considering the plentiful examples of Disney produced anti-german and anti-japanese propaganda from the 2nd World War.

However, finding F9/11 "hilarious, like a rock concert" is disingenuous of him. It was not meant to be entertaining, it was meant to be shocking. Of course, being in the position he is in, he must choose his words carefully. Sadly.

Next time ask him if he thinks Disney distributing Sean Hannity's radio show qualifies as "partisan" and "political".

I though that it was a paid political advertisement...got free tickets so it was not paid by me...

Sorry, I was just quoting. It's hard for me to imagine that they didn't distribute the movie just because it was political.

But it is funny that he said he loved the film.

I believe that Michael Moore is getting a bit much attention, as is his movie 911.

About the Brainstorm blog: GREAT! Thank you Joi to share thoughts from the very place where they are made.

I'm sorry couse my english but I must to say my sentence. Machel Moore ist a obvious propagandist like another foolish creators party.He's "truth" /If he had ?/
ist no for this time.

Wspolczuje amerykanom takiego inteligentnego glosiciela prawdy.

Need to know fair pley.

U nas w Polsce pseudointeligenci nasmiewaja sie i wzbudzaja politowanie.

Real TRUTH is never so popular

Complete crock. All mass-market films are political... some more than others.

Tron wasn't political?

song of dee south

Probably last reaserch Moore's shit and blood to show 85% HAINTZ ketchup, 15% of the hate
and 5% relief of intelligence.

If Eisner truly does not regret the decision, then something might be wrong with him. He and his company lost the opportunity to swim naked in a giant porcelain tub filled with over 80 million dollar bills. If Eisner conciously chose to stoically adhere to an anti-partisan principle that precludes the ability to harvest massive and unexpected windfalls, then I would think twice before investing in Disney.

;-) I think I agree with you Mike.

Thanks, but I must admit that I took a cheap shot. Eisner must have been blinded by anger or pride. If he knew how much money the movie was going make, I'm sure he would have done the "right thing". :) Okay, thanks for putting up with my pontificating... again!

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