Sony CEO rebuffs Obama: We didn’t make a mistake, we tried to get help from White House

Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton told CNN that President Obama was just wrong for what he said Friday during a final press conference ahead of his 17-day Hawaiian vacation.

The company released a statement (below) hours after the remarks from Obama and Lynton got to work defending his company in a televised CNN interview.

“The president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened,” Lynton said.

“We do not own movie theaters,” he explained. The nationwide theaters are the ones that caved to the threats out of concern for the public.

“We have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered, and we have not backed down. We have always had the desire to have the American public see this movie,” Lynton said.

Critical of how Sony Pictures handled the cyber threat from North Korea, President Obama told the press that he wished they had come to him for advice first.

Lynton rebuffed Obama in the CNN interview, saying:

“A few days ago, I personally did reach out and speak to senior folks at the White House and talked to them about the situation and actually informed them that we needed help.”

Statement from Sony Pictures: 

Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment. For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released. Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion.

The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision.

Let us be clear – the only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theaters, after the theater owners declined to show it. Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice.

After that decision, we immediately began actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform. It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.

You can read more here.

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89 thoughts on “Sony CEO rebuffs Obama: We didn’t make a mistake, we tried to get help from White House

  1. susandanielspi says:

    I hope the sharks are hungry.

  2. rocky63 says:

    Does anyone ever believe anything the lying, criminal Obama says?

  3. bobalouski says:

    Obama is wrong again. He’s batting 1000.

  4. LieutenantCharlie says:

    King Pinocchio is always wrong! On everything he says!

  5. Mamatex says:

    Shocked that Obama got it wrong…..again!

  6. ONLYJB1 says:

    What an absolute J O K E ! All of this. I’m so VERY ashamed of this, my country of birth. We have gone from the most powerful nations in the world, to just below Somalia, as far as world order!. Well moochelle, I hope your still so proud. By the way, great job keeping that package hidden recently!
    Would you, obomber and the girls submit to DNA testing? I didn’t think so!

    1. Tom Brooks says:

      Hell, not one of them would submit to a lie detector test, let alone a DNA test.
      If Hussein the insane took a lie detector test it would burn the machine up just like it would if the Clintons (B & H) took one.

    2. Brian Robinson says:

      I can’t believe you actually check out it’s package. LOL!

  7. odinsthunder says:

    In the first place it was really foolish for Sony to do a picture throwing rocks at the leader of North Korea. This loon is a real nut case, and nobody thought there would be repercussions? That’s dumb at best. NK is making most of the really good quality forgeries of US currency and is one of the primary sponsors of corporate espionage, hacking etc. This is supported and done by the government. We should ALL have better cyber security to help prevent attacks like Sony suffered.

    1. David Kachel says:

      OR, we could just slap the little butterball dictator so hard that it never again occurs to anyone to scroo with us.
      You can bet your a## that if we had nuked Afghanistan, there would be no terrorism left in the world today.

      1. Tom Brooks says:

        At least no terrorists in Afghanistan.
        But I agree with you. Lets start a nuclear war, annihilate all life on this planet and let nature try to get it right the next time around. Maybe in a few million (or billion) years Earth would evolve with no liberals, no mooselims and no Jesse Jackson.

  8. marlene says:

    Yes, we all know obama lies every time he opens his foul mouth. We now believe the opposite of everything he says.

  9. RobertNorwood says:

    Was that CEO nuts? Help from Obama to a drowning man, he throws him an anvil.

  10. RiverFred says:

    I am shocked, Our Liar-n-Chief lied again, I guess he can’t help himself or perhaps he thinks we are really really stupid.

    1. David Kachel says:

      The latter.

    2. Tom Brooks says:

      RiverFred, I think you hit the nail on the head, he DOES think WE are stupid. And he uses the fact that he is in the WH as proof.

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