Sony Pictures CEO defends decision to pull ''The Interview'' from movie theaters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive and chairman Michael Lynton came out to defend his company Friday (December 19) after U.S. President Barack Obama said the entertainment giant made a "mistake" in yanking "The Interview" from movie theaters. While appearing on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Lynton underscored that the company was not responsible for the move. Earlier in the day, Obama had critiqued Sony during his end-of-year news conference at the White House, saying the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of "The Interview," a lampoon portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In the interview, Lynton provided a fulsome defense of his company. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT CEO MICHAEL LYNTON SAYING: "In this instance, the president, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters. So, to sort of rehearse for a moment the sequence of events, we experienced the worst cyber-attack in American history and persevered for three and a half weeks under enormous stress and enormous difficulty. Umm and all with the effort of trying to keep our business up and running and get this movie out into the public." The attack on Sony, more than three weeks ago, was conducted by hackers calling themselves "Guardians of Peace."