- The Cambridge Police acted stupidly
- If I had a son…
- Sending three White House reps to Michael Brown’s funeral
- Calling Sandra Fluke
- The Bergdahl swap
The list goes on and on.
Why the list of events or issues that Barack Obama has come down on the wrong side of, that’s what list.
Add Sony’s decision to pull the premiere of their movie, The Interview when pressure put on theatre owner’s across the country forced their hand. Basically, if no theater chains would carry this film, then you can’t release a movie.
Of course Obama just acts like Sony got cold feet because North Korea launched a pretty nasty cyber attack on them.
“Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment. For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released. Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion.
The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision.
Let us be clear – the only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theaters, after the theater owners declined to show it. Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice.
After that decision, we immediately began actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform. It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.”
As for the President wishing Sony had contacted him…
“I think (Sony) made a mistake,” President Obama said earlier on Friday in a press conference addressing the Sony hacking attack, which the FBI said the North Korean government was responsible for. “That’s not what America is about… I wish they’d spoken to me first. I would have told them, ‘Do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks’.”
To which the Sony CEO Michael Lynton said:
“I did reach out,” said Lynton, who said Sony indeed sought assistance from the President. “We definitely spoke to a senior advisor in the White House to talk about the situation. The White House was certainly aware of the situation.”
To recap, not only is our President completely wrong on why Sony took the action they did, but he lied about this, to boot.
Par for the course, Mr. President…