desperate are Bush Republicans to kill Michael
Moore's latest film, Fahrenheit 9/11, they have
hired a public relations firm to set up a web
site attacking Moore. The site, MoveAmericaForward.com,
claims to be "non-partisan," but a glance at the
"About" page of the site reveals the director
and staff of Move America Forward are all diehard
Republicans, anti-tax activists, and former legislative
staffers. The PR firm is Russo Marsh & Rogers.
Marsh & Rogers is a GOP consultation firm. In
2002, Ron Rogers teamed up with Reagan heavyweight
Lyn Nofziger and Ed Rollins to work on the gubernatorial
campaign of Bill Simon (see Campaign movements--People
to the detective work of WhatReallyHappened.com,
it was revealed that Move America Forward's web
site was registered in the name of Russo Marsh
& Rogers. In other words, Move America Forward
is about as partisan as it gets without putting
the GOP seal of approval on the web site. In short,
Move America Forward's campaign is a Republican
dirty trick designed to smear Moore and pressure
move theater owners not to run his film.
is short," the Move America Forward web site declares,
"we must act now to have our voices heard in time
to make a difference. Help us get messages from
millions of Americans sent to these film industry
time is short for the Republicans--millions of
Americans are about to learn how George Bush had
a business relationship with the Bin Laden family--and
they will learn it right before the election.
Russo and the "non-partisan" Republicans want
to make sure you never see Moore's film. They
don't want you to know the truth about Bush and
his buddy-buddy dealings with the Saudis.
after a WHOIS check--WHOIS is a searchable database
maintained by registries and registrars that contains
information about domain name registrations on
the internet--was run on MoveAmericaForward.com
and it was discovered that the site was registered
in the name of Russo Marsh & Rogers. Soon after
this information was posted on the web, the registrant
name was modified to omit Russo Marsh & Rogers.
only do the Republicans not want you to go see
Moore's film, they also don't want you to know
they are behind the campaign to smear Moore and
pressure theater owners into not running the film.
It's just like the Republicans to do this sort
of thing behind your back. Of course, it is rather
lazy and stupid of the Republicans to not think
about WHOIS. But then nearly everything about
the Republicans lately--from the lies behind the
invasion of Iraq to clumsily attempting to cover
up the TortureGate scandal--has been lazy and stupid.
be fooled. The Bush Republicans are behind this
now transparent effort to silence Michael Moore.
If you care about the First Amendment and don't
like the idea of Republicans dictating to theaters
what movies you can see, write Russo Marsh & Rogers
and tell them what you think. The contact person
is Douglas Lorenz and his email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you live in Sacramento, you may want to drop
by the Russo Marsh & Rogers offices and ask why
they want to censor movies: 770 L Street, #950,
Sacramento, CA 95814.
Kurt Nimmo is a photographer and multimedia developer
in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is the author of
Another Day in the Empire: Life in Neoconservative
America, a collection of essays published by Dandelion
Books. Visit his weblog at KurtNimmo.com.
Posted: June 17, 2004