The Therapy Sessions
Saturday, June 26, 2004
Campaign finance travesty
'Fahrenheit 9/11' ads could be banned:
Michael Moore may be prevented from advertising his controversial new movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," on television or radio after July 30 if the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today accepts the legal advice of its general counsel.
They really have no choice: they must ban ads for this film. Why, the film maker is quite open about the film's intent! He wants to get rid of Bush.
And why stop there? Don't Tom Clancy movies get people thinking about national security? Why, this benefits Republicans. We should ban films with Susan Sarandon or Tim Robbins 60 days before the election too! Both are noted political activists, and their films higlight concerns that benefit Democrats.
I can't stand Michael Moore. He's extremely dishonest and irritatingly biased.
But he has an absolute right to air his views.
This exposes the ridiculous nature of Campaign Finance Reform. In trying to regulate political speech, it obviously tramples the one type of speech that our Founding Fathers explicitly meant to protect: political viewpoints. And political viewpoints are not restricted to one type of media: ban ads and they'll make documentaries, ban documentaries and they'll make movies.