• Sony CEO Calls Out Obama For Not Intervening In Hack Attack

    Cyber terrorism

    At his year-end press conference today, Obama said Sony Pictures had “made a mistake” by pulling the plug on The Interview after being threatened by North Korean hackers.

    “If somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like, or news reports that they don’t like,” Obama said. “Even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended.

    “That’s not who we are, that’s not what America is about,” Obama said.

    It didn’t take long for Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton to fire back at Obama.

    Lynton, said he and his staff were in constant contact with the White House throughout the entire ordeal. “I personally did reach out and speak to senior folks at the White House . . . and inform them that we needed help,” Lynton told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “We definitely spoke to senior advisors in the White House to talk about the situation . . . The White House was certainly aware of the situation.”

    Lynton saying he talked to administration officials is interesting considering the fact that Obama said today that he wished he had been contacted by Sony directly.

    “I wish they had spoken to me first,” Obama said. “I would have told them, ‘Do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kind of criminal attacks.’”

    “The unfortunate part is, in this instance, the president, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened,” Lynton explained in response to Obama’s statement. “We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie plays in movie theaters.”

    The CEO said that Sony “persevered for three and a half weeks under enormous stress,” before North korean terrorists threatened them, forcing the film company to cancel the Christmas day release of The Interview.

    “At that point in time, we had no alternative but to not proceed with the theatrical release on the 25th of December,” he said. “We have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered and we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie.”

    So why didn’t President ‘Pen And Phone’ just have one of his hundreds of staffers call Michael Lynton? Obama doesn’t hesitate to get on the phone and talk to murderous tyrants. Obama even “apologized” to Cuban dictator Raul Castro “for taking such a long time” before coming to the phone to talk about relaxing the Cuban-American embargo.

    The truth is Obama cares more about golfing than he does free speech, American dynamism, his Hollywood cheerleaders, or some Seth Rogan and James Flacco film.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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