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Moore election special is dropped
Michael Moore
Michael Moore has been highly critical of George Bush
A three-hour election show from film-maker Michael Moore has been dropped by a US cable TV company.

The Michael Moore Pre-Election Special, including the first TV showing of his film Fahrenheit 9/11, was to be shown on pay-per-view channel In Demand.

The company said the decision to axe the show the night before the November 2 elections was due to "legitimate business and legal concerns."

"Apparently people have put pressure on them," said Moore.

Moore said he signed a contract with In Demand last month and is now considering legal action.

"We've informed them of their legal responsibility and we all informed them that every corporate executive that has attempted to prohibit Americans from seeing this film has failed," Moore said.

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"There's been one struggle or another over this, but we've always come out on top because you can't tell Americans they can't watch this."

In Demand said any legal action by Moore would be, "entirely baseless and groundless".

The special, which would have cost $9.95 (5.50) to watch, was to include interviews with politically active celebrities encouraging people to vote.

Moore is a strong critic of Republican President Bush, who is running for a second term in office against Democratic candidate John Kerry.

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Moore's controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 makes links between the Bush family and Bin Laden and the Saudi royal dynasties.

Moore has made no secret of the fact he wants the current president removed from office, and timed the film's release to have the maximum impact on voters.

In Demand makes pay-per-view programmes available in 28 million homes across the US - about one quarter of all homes with televisions.

Moore offered to let another company, the Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc, air the movie for free but the broadcaster has a reputation for conservative politics so is unlikely to do so.

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