DATE: 5/07/2004 12:08:00 PM
MOORE LIED! - Filmmaker Michael Moore admits that he knew a year ago Disney wasn't going to distribute his film. His recent accusations toward Disney? A publicity stunt. Maybe now studio shill Harry Knowles will shut up about it. He's been using Ain't It Cool News to screech about censorship and the administration. Knowles's reaction to Moore's accusations really does call into question his credibility. If he truly has all the spies and movie studio gossip that he claims, then why didn't he make a few calls and verify Moore's story? It would have been simple for someone who has as much clout as he claims.
Ain't It Cool News is a terrible site for many reasons. This site chronicles many of them (warning: strong language). Knowles has claimed he combines the enthusiasm of a fan with the job of a journalist. If that's true, then he should be willing to run a correction of his original story about the Moore-Disney issue. So far, that hasn't happened. It probably won't, as that would mean upsetting Moore and maybe not getting a free trip to the premiere of "Farenheit 911" or some swag from Miramax. And in the end, that's what it's all about for Knowles - access and free stuff. Personal and site credibility is a small price to pay for that, I guess.
One more thing. Knowles should really read this.