02 June 2004

It looks like Michael Moore has found a way to release his latest film. Regardless of the merits of the film—I have not seen it, and do not mean to imply any assessment of its merits—Disney was wrong, wrong, wrong to breach its distribution agreement, particularly for the reasons that have been discussed in public: possible jeopardization of tax breaks on unrelated projects in Florida. This recalls NewsCorp's pulling of Christopher Patten's book on Hong Kong and the PRC takeover in 1999, again for fear of jeopardizing other unrelated transactions with the PRC. If anything, this points out that antitrust scrutiny of organizations that have substantial involvement in First Amendment-related activities should be more searching than those that do not.

<SARCASM> Yeah, that's going to happen Real Soon Now. </SARCASM>