Good Thing for Angelina Jolie That Hypocrisy is Protected Speech

Angelina Jolie, who stars in the new film, “A Mighty Heart,” about murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, is promoting the movie and its pro-press freedom message while tightly controlling her own interactions with the media. At a premiere event Wednesday to benefit Reporters Without Borders, Jolie insisted that journalists sign a contractual agreement before she would grant an interview, and, according to FoxNews, tried to have the right-wing mouthpiece banned from the event.

Reporters from most major media outlets balked Wednesday when they were presented with an agreement drawn up by Jolie’s Hollywood lawyer Robert Offer. The contract closely dictated the terms of all interviews.

Reporters were asked to agree to “not ask Ms. Jolie any questions regarding her personal relationships. In the event Interviewer does ask Ms. Jolie any questions regarding her personal relationships, Ms. Jolie will have the right to immediately terminate the interview and leave.”

The agreement also required that “the interview may only be used to promote the Picture. In no event may Interviewer or Media Outlet be entitled to run all or any portion of the interview in connection with any other story. … The interview will not be used in a manner that is disparaging, demeaning, or derogatory to Ms. Jolie.”

If that wasn’t enough, Jolie also requires that if any of these things happen, “the tape of the interview will not be released to Interviewer.” Such a violation, the signatory thus agrees, would “cause Jolie irreparable harm” and make it possible for her to sue the interviewer and seek a restraining order.

Not very press friendly, eh? Associated Press and USA Today reporters refused to sign the contract and canceled their interviews. When she saw the general reaction, Jolie canceled all print interviews. It was only through the intervention of Paramount staff that a FoxNews video crew was allowed to tape the actress on the red carpet.

Reporters without border indeed.

2 Comments

  • Molly
    June 15, 2007 - 11:47 pm | Permalink

    so will this finally lead to a freeze on BRANGELINA news? for crying out loud, why are you reputable reporters even bothering with this self-centered, holier-than-thou lunatic of a woman who is not only a hypocrite but a supporter of the extreme left? cant you instead do some serious research of her affiliations?cant you figure out on the way they presented the movie? go pass that actress on concentrate on the missing pieces and misleading pieces in the movies instead.

    common!!!!!you’re smarter than her!

  • Smartenough
    June 17, 2007 - 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Angelina is, was and always shall be the consummate bitch. She has an exceptionally high opinion of herself, but there’s a lot of skeletons in her closet. What a scary woman. Brad aka ‘AJ’s puppy’ got what he deserved. Screwed, in more ways than one.

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