by mfluder, Thu Feb 16, 2006 at 12:44:05 PM EST
As you may or may not know, I made a documentary film entitled THIS DIVIDED STATE. The film chronicles Michael Moore's controversial visit to Utah Valley State College 2 weeks before the 2004 presidential election. Protests, bribery, and death threats descended upon the school in a fanatical effort to cancel Moore's speech.
One of the key players of the documentary was Joe Vogel. Joe was the Student Body Vice President and was ultimately responsible for inviting Michael Moore. In the end, Joe was forced to resign from his office and lost a scholarship because of his involvement in the Moore fiasco. As facts began to emerge about Joe's resignation, it became clear that it was because of a "tell all" book that Joe was writing that caused many people in the college administration and Utah legislator to get extremely angry at Joe. They asked Joe to "vow on oath of silence" about the book. Joe said "no". They said, "You must resign".
You see, Joe had been present in many secret meetings and had heard first hand the corruption that lied under the surface of the quiet Utah town of Orem. Now, that book, full of explosive facts and extremely frightening accounts is hitting book shelves nationwide. Joe has called it FREE SPEECH 101. And he's naming names and pulling no punches.
Not only does it talk about the Moore controversy, but expounds on the growing trend of colleges and universities becoming corporations owned and controlled by those with money, power, and agendas. A very important book...