Monday, June 14, 2004

Turnabout is Fair Play

Recently YT announced that there weren't any fascists in my neighborhood; turns out that I was *gasp* wrong. There are haters of free speech, lovers of censorship, and all around liberty-strangling assholes in my neck o'the woods.

So desperate are Bush Republicans to censor Michael Moore's latest film, Fahrenheit 9/11, a local public relations firm has set up a web site attacking Moore, and urging the public to contact theater owners directly; some of these owners "are reporting receiving death threats."

Doug Lorenz & Sal Russo -- Local Enemies of Free Speech Posted by Hello

So, who's footing the bill for Why, it's none other than the PR firm of Russo Marsh & Rogers, the same firm that spear-headed the California Recall against Gray Davis. The WHOIS information has subsequently changed several times to conceal the Site's ownership, but What Really Happened has the dirt on them. So does Another Day in the Empire who writes:
"Time is short," the Move America Forward web site declares, "we must act now to have our voices heard in time to make a difference. Help us get messages from millions of Americans sent to these film industry executives."

Certainly, time is short for the Republicans -- millions of Americans are about to learn how George Bush had a business relationship with the Bin Laden family -- and they will learn it right before the election. Russo and the "non-partisan" Republicans want to make sure you never see Moore's film. They don't want you to know the truth about Bush and his buddy-buddy dealings with the Saudis.

Incidentally, after a WHOIS check -- WHOIS is a searchable database maintained by registries and registrars that contains information about domain name registrations on the internet -- was run on and it was discovered that the site was registered in the name of Russo Marsh & Rogers. Soon after this information was posted on the web, the registrant name was modified to omit Russo Marsh & Rogers.

Not only do the Republicans not want you to go see Moore's film, they also don't want you to know they are behind the campaign to smear Moore and pressure theater owners into not running the film. It's just like the Republicans to do this sort of thing behind your back. Of course, it is rather lazy and stupid of the Republicans to not think about WHOIS. But then nearly everything about the Republicans lately -- from the lies behind the invasion of Iraq to clumsily attempting to cover up the TortureGate scandal -- has been lazy and stupid.

For media-savvy dickheads, Russo Marsh & Rogers not only screwed-the-pooch on the WHOIS info, they also forgot the power of the Internet, specifically the power of the bloggesphere. Apparently they haven't read today's Meet Joe Blog article at the Times online.

Contact these Domestic Enemies of Free Speech and tell 'em how you feel -- who the fuck are they to decide what you watch on the big screen?:
Russo Marsh + Rogers, Inc.
770 L Street, #950
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 441-3734
Fax: (916) 441-6057

Sal Russo:
Ron Rogers:
Teri Smith O'Rourke:
Joe Wierzbicki :
Kelley Afghari:
Douglas Lorenz :
Corey Sparks :

Original Link provided by Atrios.

Update 6/15/04: The PR idiots made CNN. Boy, do they look stoooooopid.
Update Updated 6/15/04: Tom Tomorrow got to see F9/11 last night and lived to tell about it. O'Reilly was also in the audience, but apparently left mid-way through the movie. Tom also links to, ironically, a Fox News Review that reads in part:
As much as some might try to marginalize this film as a screed against President George Bush, "F9/11" — as we saw last night — is a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty, and at the same time a indictment of stupidity and avarice.

Updated Updated Update 6/15/04: dKos has been contacted by a reporter covering the Sactown PR firm's censorship activities (hello! Sacramento News & Review -- this one's in our backyard, I hope you're covering it -- if not, don't say I didn't tell you so) and lo and behold, we're winning!!!! The theaters under attack are now being "Showered with Love." Power to the good people!


At 6:47 PM, Blogger Drunken Proletariat said...

I'm actually very surprised that Moore's film has made it as far as it has. I won't actually believe it will make it to the theaters until it actually gets to them, (in America) and I hear about it in the news. He's making some very powerful enemies and the ones who will most benefit from this film are already being conditioned to utterly reject it out of hand. Although I'm not an American, I'm very glad that there are people like you trying to swim upstream and make a difference.

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Capitola said...

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At 9:55 AM, Blogger Capitola said...

oops! Went to correct a typo in my reply to you, DP, and deleted myself.

I wrote! that I hope F9/11 makes it to your neck of the world. MM loves Canada and I'm sure he'll send a few reels to you fine Cannucks. Certainly DVDs will be available.

It amazes me that these particular PR guys are so stupid to think that they could actually censor F9/11. Don't they know that any act to quash its release actually boosts its promotion?! Duh.

Thanks for stopping by and posting. Always nice to get your perspective. Take care.


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