On Saturday night, Moore tweeted, “Backlash Begins: CBS has cancelled me on its Mon. morning show. After I criticized ABC/Disney on GMA, they didn’t want me to do same to CBS.” Moore went on GMA last week and criticized Disney for hiring permanent freelancers instead of full time employees.
Moore said, “People backstage here — they don’t get to be real employees here because they don’t get the benefits, so they’re freelancers…and I said ‘Guy, I was here two years ago, you were a freelancer, what are you doing here?’ — right backstage here at ABC — he said, ‘We call ourselves permalancers now.’ They don’t get to share in just the basic benefits that an employee used to have who worked here. What’s wrong with that? What is wrong with just giving people basic things for their hard work?”
For their part, CBS said that they never booked Moore, “Michael Moore was never booked on The Early Show.” So, who is telling the truth here? It could be that both of them are. Moore’s people say that they were confirming is booking when The Early Show backed out. CBS is technically right when they say that Moore was never booked for the show, but I find their excuse more than a little flimsy as the morning shows share high profile guests all of the time.
It is not a stretch to think that if Moore would not have went after the corporate ownership of ABC, CBS would not have bailed. It certainly looks like the network bailed out on Michael Moore, and we will have to see if this becomes a trend. Most Americans don’t understand how deeply under corporate control their media is, and the ownership of most media would probably like to keep it that way.