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Sen. Manchin Sends Cease and Desist to Film Producers

"They said it was all about mine safety and we start talking about mining, and mine safety responsibility, and never once did they reveal that they were being paid or they were doing this for Don Blankenship," said Sen. Manchin.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sent a cease and desist letter Tuesday to a film company demanding they remove what he's calling propaganda.

Film producers interviewed Manchin for what he thought was a "mine safety" documentary called "Upper Big Branch- Never Again."

"This company basically came to our schedulers, a while ago, and said we're going to do a documentary to honor the minors of UBB, the 29 minors, and it's going to be a documentary on mine safety," said Sen. Manchin.

Manchin tells
WHAG the film company was actually being paid by Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy who owned the mine at the time. Manchin said the pieces of the interview were picked through to put Blankenship in a better light.

"My staff, knowing that I'm well connected and I'm emotionally involved with these family members, basically agreed, and we're doing this documentary and we asked them again. They said it was all about mine safety and we start talking about mining, and mine safety responsibility, and never once did they reveal that they were being paid or they were doing this for Don Blankenship," said Sen. Manchin.

Manchin is demanding the company removes his remarks and all references to his name and image from any websites or likeness from the film.
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