Sony CEO: 'We Have Not Backed Down'
Michael Lynton suggests Obama isn't clear on what happened
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2014 4:10 PM CST
File photo of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.   (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

(Newser) – Sony is bristling at President Obama's view that the company "made a mistake" in canceling next week's release of a movie after hackers' threats. "We have not backed down," CEO Michael Lynton tells Fareed Zakaria of CNN. "The president, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened." Lynton says Sony canceled the release of The Interview only after the big movie chains said they would not show it. "I don't know exactly whether he understands the sequence of events," Lynton says of the president. "Therefore I would disagree with the notion that it was a mistake."

Lynton also maintains that the company has always had "every desire to have the American public see this movie." When Zakaria presses him on whether the company will release the film online, Lynton says that "there has not been one major video on demand distributor, one major e-commerce site that has stepped forward and said they are willing to distribute this movie for us." (In a new message, the purported hackers praised Sony's "wise decision" to yank the film.)