Team Obama talked about a broad “national dialogue” about violence after Adam Lanza’s suicidal shooting spree. Instead they conducted a chummy off-the-record dialogue with their Hollywood and New York media-company campaign donors. The corporate flacks repeated all the usual moth-eaten lines to Biden about how parents can use their unreliable, self-evaluating ratings system.
These are lies. And that system has never worked, and will never work so long as those responsible for producing this violence continue to be in charge of rating it.
Biden’s meeting with the entertainment industry was a cozy D.C. lobbying confab. Guests included former Senator Chris Dodd, now in Jack Valenti’s place at the Motion Picture Association; former Senator Gordon Smith, now heading the National Association of Broadcasters; former FCC head Michael Powell, now chief lobbyist for cable TV; and an unnamed representative from Comcast. Let’s just guess that’s their chief lobbyist David Cohen, who hosted a $1.2 million fundraiser at his home with Obama in 2011.
Before he signed his executive orders on guns, Obama conducted his usual mudslinging in front of the children. “There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty,” he warned. “Not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever.” He was, of course, referring to Fox News.
Do you know who wants to make sure nothing changes forever, and “common-sense reforms” never surface for their own financial gain and higher ratings? The makers of violent TV, movies, music, and video games. And do you know who just won re-election by constantly soliciting these blood-and-gore producers like a 24-hour ATM?
On the very same day Hollywood’s lobbyists met with Biden, the ABC drama “Scandal” carried a graphic three-minute torture-and-beating scene. Viewers saw a man being waterboarded, his nose being broken, and his face pounded into a bloody mess, with blood spattering on the walls. This is ABC’s idea of “moral integrity.” They were so “tremendously sensitive” about it that they rated it TV-14...because eighth-graders apparently wouldn’t find this disturbing at all.
Obama and Hollywood want you to know they care deeply about the children.