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Apr 01 2014

Manchin Demands Propaganda Film Be Taken Off the Internet and Ceased to be Distributed

Senator Manchin wrote letter to Adroit Films, the production firm for Don Blankenship’s documentary

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today sent a letter to Adroit Films, the firm that filmed and produced the Don Blankenship-funded documentary, demanding the company to remove this propaganda from all websites, discontinue the distribution of the film and delete all references of Senator Manchin’s name, image and representation. Senator Manchin’s office has repeatedly attempted to contact Adroit Films via phone and email.

Senator Manchin wrote, in part: “Your fraudulent behavior in securing the interview and your misrepresentation of my interview are actionable offenses. I expect you to cease distribution of this film and remove any references to my name, image, and likeness.  Please respond to this letter in writing immediately to confirm what actions you are taking in response to my request.”

Please read the full text of Senator Manchin’s letter below.

Gailon Totheroh
Producer
Adroit Films, LLC
805 Live Oak Dr #102
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Dear Mr. Totheroh:

I write to demand you cease and desist the distribution of your documentary, “Upper Big Branch – Never Again,” posted yesterday, March 31, 2014, remove the documentary from any websites where you posted it, and remove any and all references to my name, image, and likeness from the film.

On March 24, 2014, your firm interviewed me for a documentary, which you claimed was related to “mine safety” and would be “dedicated to the victims’ families from [the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.]”  In fact, this is a film by Don Blankenship, an individual under investigation for his role in the deaths of 29 brave miners.  Your omission of this material fact was a gross misrepresentation of the true purpose of your film.  Further, I would never have consented to the interview if I had known of your association with Mr. Blankenship.

Your deliberate acts of omission and misrepresentation are compounded by the final product.  Despite my thirty-minute interview, you only dedicated one minute and thirty-two seconds to mine safety – one of the most important issues in West Virginia – in an attempt to vindicate Mr. Blankenship.

Your fraudulent behavior in securing the interview and your misrepresentation of my interview are actionable offenses. I expect you to cease distribution of this film and remove any references to my name, image, and likeness.  Please respond to this letter in writing immediately to confirm what actions you are taking in response to my request.

Sincerely,
Joe Manchin III
United States Senator

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