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Apple Censors Matt Damon Question from Anti-Fracking Movie Podcast

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 promotePromiseLand, 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.

McAleer, who made Not Evil Just Wrong about what what he sees as hype surrounding the issue of global warming, is near finishing his next documentary, called FrackNation, which seeks to dismantle claims that fracking, a technology for  squeezing petroleum and natural gas from rock formations, is harmful to the environment. Thus is his interest in Promised Land.

“It has emerged recently,” McAleer said at the event with Damon and Krasinski, “that the script — or that the funding for Promised Land – came from a Middle Eastern oil nation.”

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

 

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