What do Michael Moore and John Kerry have in common? When presented with absolute evidence that they have boldly and publicly lied they both deny it.
Remember this Wizbang story? Farenheit 911 – Moore Lies. If not here’s a quick summary:
The Pantagraph headline shown in Fahrenheit 911 — “LATEST FLORIDA RECOUNT SHOWS GORE WON ELECTION” — never appeared in the paper and Moore had inexplicably changed the date in a “pasted together” screen shot to look like an actual Pantagraph page. The headline shown in the movie was never a headline and never appeared in the size and spot Moore insinuated it did because it was actually the tagline to a letter to the editor, significantly blown up to make it look like a news story.
[Note: The graphic used in the movie is shown below]
Today Editor & Publisher has the following story – Michael Moore Refuses to Apologize to Illinois Paper
The small Illinois newspaper attempting to get an apology from filmmaker Michael Moore for allegedly misusing the paper in “Fahrenheit 9/11” said today it has gotten a rejection notice instead.
That letter claims Moore did nothing “misleading” when a headline from The Pantagraph (“Latest Florida recount shows Gore won election”) that originally appeared above a Dec. 5, 2001, letter to the editor was changed in both font and size for the movie and made to look like a news story from the Dec. 19, 2001, edition.
Chatillon, who represents Westside Productions, which produced “Fahrenheit 9/11,” did admit the date flashed in the movie “was unfortunately off by a couple weeks.” But the mistake “did not make a difference to the editorial point … and was in no way detrimental to (The Pantagraph).”
“Baloney,” said Pantagraph President and Publisher Henry Bird, in response to the letter. Added newspaper attorney J. Casey Costigan, “I disagree that Michael Moore’s use of the headline falls under ‘fair use,’ and I think the letter also takes what Mr. Moore did out of context.”Caught lying red handed. Moore opts for the Chewbacca defense….