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A funny thing happened to a press-conference video on the way to the iTunes store …

posted at 5:46 pm on December 11, 2012 by

… it got censored by Apple, or at the very least bowdlerized.  Matt Damon and John Krasinski held a presser to promote their new film Promised Land, which attacks the American natural-gas industry and hydraulic fracturing.  Damon and Krasinski didn’t mention that the film was financed by a significant investment from United Arab Emirates, which has a lot of financial incentives to stop American energy production.  Our friend Phelim McAleer asked the two actors about their curious silence over the film’s UAE connection, but as the Hollywood Reporter’s Paul Bond notes, you’d never know that from the iTunes version of the presser:

Apple, the company that introduced its Macintosh computer with a “1984” TV commercial warning of an Orewllian world of group-think, was being accused Monday of censoring a documentary filmmaker who asked an inconvenient question during an event starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski.

The actors were at an Apple store in Soho on Dec. 3 to promote PromiseLand, the film opening Jan. 4 that is co-written by the two co-stars. The movie features Damon as a salesman for a natural gas company while Krasinski’s character warns of environmental degradation associated with hydraulic “fracking.”

When event host Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine asked for questions from the audience, conservative filmmaker Phelim McAleer was called on first. Judging from an audio podcastposted at iTunes, McAleer asked the only unfriendly question of the evening, though you wouldn’t know about it because it is not included in the podcast.

But McAleer says he has proof of Apple’s alleged censorship because, against Apple’s rules, he surreptitiously videotaped the entire event.

If you have only seen the iTunes version of the presser, here’s the part that got redacted:

Actually, Damon gives Phelim a pretty good answer (Bond has more on that in his article).  There’s no reason why Apple had to cut out the question and this response, but the fact that they did raises some pretty interesting questions on its own.

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Yeah, I don’t see why they cut it either.

He rambled a bit, should have just kept it at a straight forward, “There have been concerns raised recently that a major funder of your film is a UAE company, and that this funding shaped this film into propganda for shutting down fracking in this country to help make that middle eastern company billions in additional revenue, would you care to address that concern?”

But, who knows what influence if any that had. We all know that lots of companies have their hands in a wide range of investments, movies being one of them. So, unless we find out that there was a direct request to make the movie more sinister, I’ll take it as this was more propaganda from Damon directly than from the UAE group.

nextgen_repub on December 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

dammit Jim! Why am I disappointed every time I find out my favorite actors/characters turn out to be raging libs? He actually helped Damon right the movie?!

dookphan on December 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

oops, not to mention he helped Damon write the movie

dookphan on December 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Matt Damon is Michael Moore on sedatives.

ButterflyDragon on December 11, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Damon appears to suffer the same affliction as Obama. Speaking off script shows him to be a slow, dim-witted idiot.

Night Owl on December 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Matt Damon is Michael Moore on sedatives.

ButterflyDragon on December 11, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I dunno. That answer Damon gave was more coherent and measured than anything I have ever heard Moore say…

JohnGalt23 on December 12, 2012 at 5:10 AM

All of this adds up to an Academy Award for Damon. Libs love Libs and give awards to Libs. O Happy Day!

Can we turn this country around?

FastTalker on December 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM