Sony Rejects Obama 'Mistake' Comment Over The Interview
CEO suggests US President doesn't understand the situation...
The US leader's comments were made in a press conference following the naming of North Korea yesterday as being responsible for the recent cyber attack on the movie studio.
Obama had told reporters: "We cannot have a society in which some dictators someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.
"Imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like."
But Lynton was quick to respond and CNN reported him questioning the Prez's awareness of why the film had been pulled.
"I don't know exactly whether he understands the sequence of events that led up to the movie not being shown in the movie theatres," he said.
"Therefore I would disagree with the notion that it was a mistake."
And he insisted: "We have not given in. And we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie."
The movie was pulled last week after the main cinema chains in the US refused to screen it following terrorism threats.
But Lynton said no "major video on demand distributor" was "willing to distribute" the movie.
"We don't have that direct interface with the American public, so we need to go through an intermediary to do that," he explained.