Voting against, cont.
: Chas Rich says he, too, has seen the DNC campaigning to beat bush rather than to elect Kerry.
He has further evidence with a classified ad, shown here. Hmmm. And I thought the guys coming after me in New York were volunteers. Back in my day, we volunteered for campaigns because we cared, not because we were paid.
Then again, not a contender
: Terry Teachout writes the contrarian obit of Brando: Not a genius.
: The Wall Street Journal reports that big profits from Fahrenheit 9/11 will go to charity. It’s not because Michael Moore is a generous liberal. Ha! That’s a good one. No, in this wonderfully byzantine tale, it’s because Disney wanted to punish the Weinstein brothers. The Journal explains why charities yet to be picked — by Disney — will get up to 40 percent of the take:
According to people familiar with the matter, the media company was determined to punish the brothers for their alleged bad behavior by limiting the extent to which the Weinsteins could benefit.
In essence, Disney refused to sell the film to the brothers unless they agreed that they would not benefit personally any more than they would have under their employment agreement. That is still a lot of money: Under that complex deal, the Weinsteins typically pocket about 40% of the net profit from any Miramax picture, after the costs of distribution, prints and advertising and talent participations are deducted. But people close to the deal say that Disney demanded that the remaining 60% go to a charity or charities of its choice.
: Dear Disney, Michael Moore, and the Weinsteins,
A wag might suggest that the money be donated to the Bush campaign just for the value of the punchline. But I have a far better suggestion:
I urge you to donate this money to Spirit of America to benefit the people of Iraq.
If you care so much about the victims of the Bush war, as you see it, then, Mr. Moore, put some pressure on: Put Disney’s money where your mouth is and benefit these people.
And you might want to throw in a few of the gazillion bucks you’re making on your flick, too.
The Daily Stern
: NEXT SHOE: Broadcasting & Cable says the next fine against Howard Stern will for $1.5 million against Viacom for the same fart noises that got Clear Channel a $1.75 million settlement – on top of the reported $550,000 fine for Janet Jackson’s titanium. The FCC’s point is long since made; this is nothing but harrassment. Viacom knows this is coming; that is why it’s all the better the company just gave the finger to the FCC by adding Stern to nine more markets. [Thanks, Ernie]
: CAT FIGHT: Stern started the show this morning slapping John Podhoretz for calling the Stern bloc “the latest bit of political nonsense.” John writes about the anti-Bush campaign screaming campaign going on, which I wrote about yesterday, and I was in sync with him until his Stern slap.
But as Stern says, the Post doesn’t like Stern. When this latest FCC jihad began, I proposed writing an op-ed for the Post. They wouldn’t take it. They don’t like Stern and now that he’s anti-Bush, they especially don’t like him.