October 5, 2004
George Mason University in Northern Virginia has decided not to pay filmmaker, Michael Moore $35,000 for a speech just days before the election.
The school had offered Moore the huge sum for the speech on October 28, but after an uproar, it decided to cancel the event. Moore says he's coming anyway to demonstrate the importance of free speech...as opposed to the importance of paid speech, I suppose.
George Mason is a publicly funded university.
That means tax dollars are used for such events.
It's not that Moore's views are unknown.
The school could have paid for a DVD of his Fahrenheit 9/11 propaganda film and saved the taxpayers about $34,980.
This happens all the time at universities, which tend to invite the most liberal and outrageous speakers, but ignore conservative ones, especially if they have faith in God.
There are many students at George Mason who are struggling with tuition money.
To offer a rich man like Michael Moore $35,000 to speak is an outrage.
Good for the citizens of Virginia for speaking up.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time