Newspaper Claims Michael Moore Altered Front Page

Monday, August 2nd 2004, 9:19 am
By: News On 6

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) _ Filmmaker Michael Moore's Bush-bashing documentary ``Fahrenheit 9/11'' has apparently upset more than Republicans. The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington said Friday it sent a letter to Moore and the film's distributor, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., asking for an apology for using what it said was a doctored front page in his movie.

The paper is seeking $1 in damages.

A scene early in the movie shows newspaper headlines related to the contested 2000 presidential election. It includes a shot of The Pantagraph's Dec. 19, 2001, front page, with the prominent headline, ``Latest Florida recount shows Gore won election.''

The newspaper says that headline never appeared on that day.

The paper said the headline appeared in a Dec. 5, 2001, edition but was not used on the front page. Instead, it was found in much smaller type above a letter to the editor, which the paper says reflects ``only the opinions of the letter writer.''

``If (Moore) wants to 'edit' The Pantagraph, he should apply for a copy-editing job,'' the paper said.

Neither Lions Gate nor Moore were immediately available for comment Sunday.