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Fahrenheit 9-11 Censored In PA Republican Voter Stronghold?

By Tom Flocco

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PHILADELPHIA -- June 26, 2004 8:30 pm -- Tom -- Michael Moore’s controversial new movie Fahrenheit 9-11 was completely blacked out in densely Republican vote-heavy Delaware county and faced near total censorship in the fifth largest U.S. market -- Philadelphia and its Delaware Valley suburbs -- as the film opened yesterday on just 12 screens out of 377 total ( 3 % ) in 43 Philadelphia area theaters. Moore wrote, produced and directed the movie documentary critical of President Bush’s war policy and actions during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The film is appearing on only 4 screens out of 197 ( 2 % ) in the heavily Republican voter strongholds of suburban Delaware ( 0 screens ), Bucks ( 3 ) and Chester ( 1 ) counties. This, as political cognoscenti in the Keystone State are fully aware that sell-outs and public awareness of the explosive picture could ultimately affect the size of the suburban GOP voter turnout this Fall in southeastern Pennsylvania--and ultimately the electoral college.

The Regal Entertainment Group maintains a strong movie theater presence in the suburban marketplace surrounding Philadelphia; but it also keeps close financial ties to President Bush. This, as Regal is showing Moore’s Fahrenheit on just 4 of its 108 movie screens in Philadelphia and its suburbs.

Given Regal's opening the film on only 4 % of its available screens in the top-5 Philly market, questions may be raised as to whether Regal’s money links to the president might have something to do with the controlled exposure of a movie potentially capable of drawing a busy Pennsylvania citizenry back into the thick of war issues and 9/11 negligence.

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