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Ronnie Earle Plus Robert Greenwald Plus People For The American Way Plus…

Remember The Big Buy, the hagiographic documentary about Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle and his campaign against Rep. Tom DeLay? Earle has often rejected charges that his is a politically motivated prosecution, designed more to bring down DeLay than to apply the law fairly and impartially. But Earle granted two filmmakers “extraordinary access” to his office during the DeLay prosecution, and now the New York Times reports that the resulting film, The Big Buy, “is being put to use by Mr. DeLay’s political opponents in an attempt to unseat him.” According to the Times, The Big Buy will be distributed by Robert Greenwald, the filmmaker who created the anti-Fox picture Outfoxed and the anti-Wal-Mart picture Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.

A host of liberal organizations in Texas and nationwide, including People for the American Way, Democracy for America and the Pacifica radio station in Houston, are expected to sponsor the film’s release. It will not follow a traditional theatrical rollout but will instead open in a few cities before being made widely available on DVD, as was the Wal-Mart movie, Mr. Greenwald said in an interview.

The Times continues:

An important aspect of the release plan is to organize hundreds, if not thousands, of house parties in May and June at which the movie will be shown, Mr. Greenwald said. The distribution strategy is to be detailed on Tuesday — primary day in Texas — as a “welcoming gift” to Mr. DeLay, he said.

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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