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Some folks claim that there's no such thing as bad publicity. If that's true, then there must be exceptions to the rule.
The family of U.S. Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone was shocked to learn that video footage of the major's Arlington National Cemetery burial was included by Michael Moore in his movie "Fahrenheit 9/11."
Maj. Stone was killed in March 2003 by a grenade that officials said was thrown into his tent by Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar, who is on trial for murder.
The movie, described by critics as political propaganda during an election year, shows video footage of the funeral and Maj. Stone's fiancee, Tammie Eslinger, kissing her hand and placing it on his coffin.
The family does not know how Mr. Moore obtained the video, and Miss Gallagher said they did not give permission and are considering legal recourse.
She described her nephew as a "totally conservative Republican" and said he would have found the film to be "putrid."
And this follow-up from July 16:
Outrage from across the country after Inside the Beltway wrote this week about the family of U.S. Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone being shocked to learn video footage of the major's Arlington National Cemetery burial was included by Michael Moore in his movie "Fahrenheit 9/11."
The mother of the major labeled Mr. Moore a "maggot that eats off the dead."
"If the family wishes to seek a suit against Michael Moore ... I will donate $100 toward legal fees and will solicit my friends to do the same," promises Manny Gagliardi of Arlington, Texas.
"Mountain States Legal Foundation was founded in 1977 by the late Joe Coors," writes William Perry Pendley, foundation president and chief legal officer, of Lakewood, Colo. "It has litigated many cases, including many against President Clinton's abuses. Could you forward MSLF's information to the family of the Air Force officer whose burial was used without permission by Michael Moore?"
Given that Mr McCaslin has included that bit of correspondence in his follow up I'd speculate that the family might be pondering the offer.
While there may be very few "fence sitters" remaining on the issue of Michael Moore's credibility, there's still no reason not to shine a bright light of truth on the murky world Moore presents in his films.
Not to mention his actions are simply wrong.
Should you wish to contact Mr McCaslin to encourage him to continue to pursue this story he can be reached at 202/636-3284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the Mountain States Legal Foundation does join this effort, expect to see press releases on their web site.
Count me in for a donation...
My heart goes out to this heroes family,
God Bless Them,
I am in between engagements job wise. So money is tight at the moment. However I will track back to this post and comment on my sight for what its worth. And will also contact Mr. McCaslin. Thank you for the heads up.Posted by Guy S. at July 16, 2004 06:47 PM
I think the family should sue for a percentage of the profits. Lets say the total footage of the funeral makes up 1% of the run time of the movie the family should get one percent of the profits. With all of the leftist looneys out there that could add up.
SlagleRock Out!Posted by SlagleRock at July 17, 2004 01:58 AM
No they should sue force Michael Moore to give all the profit toward the Spirit of America Foundation. He can get the revenues back but those profits must go to helping the people of Iraq.Posted by ViriiK at July 17, 2004 02:15 AM
If they seriously want to do it, I'll be happy to try to start up a fundraising drive just like we did for Operation Give and Spirit of America.
Seriously.Posted by Dean Esmay at July 17, 2004 10:07 AM
I've always found Michael Moore's eager pandering to a certain party and his quest for the accolades of the tin hat brigade to be particularly distasteful. Shame on Mr. Moore for misrepresenting a dead soldier for his own political purposes. Since he seems incapable of polite embarrassment, I think that legal recourse might be just the tonic for his sleight of hand regarding the truth. I'll definitely be offering my support to all involved. Thanks for the heads up.Posted by Greg Tarpley at July 18, 2004 08:59 AM
Anyone seen the trailer? I haven't seen the movie itself but a friend sort of tricked me into seeing the trailer. It's on the apple.com site and others (apple.com/quicktime requires Apple's QuickTime be installed for Windows, but it's a free download). The primary reaction I had, after realizing I'd been had by the friend (nasty joke and hard to explain) was not fear and loathing or anything other than "out of context." Perhaps someone who's a movie critic or p.r. type would care to look at it, but done to be that misleading to attract attendance?
Don't answer without seeing the trailer. It's easy to second (or third or fourth) guess someone like Moore, but I found it to be my primary reaction, something I found unusual.Posted by Jerry at July 21, 2004 04:32 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(7) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)