Stars and Political Stripes: Partisanship oozed from Emmy Awards
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You would have hoped that watching the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards could provide a brief haven from all the election-year political chatter.

No such luck. With the presidential election just six weeks away, the Hollywood establishment flew into too-familiar campaign mode, flapping its left wing vigorously and conspicuously at the televised awards ceremony Sunday night.

“Are any of you voting for Mitt Romney?” Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel asked, answered by scattered applause. “Oh good, only 40 Republicans, and the rest godless liberal homosexuals. Being a Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at Glee.”

Kimmel also didn’t miss a chance to needle the Republican presidential nominee while referencing a popular show about the rich British aristocracy: “Downton Abbey really gives us the sense of what it was like to grow up in Mitt Romney’s household.”

We get it. Romney has money — almost as much money as many of the left-leaning celebrities onstage and in the audience at Sunday’s Emmys. Apparently it’s OK to be rich only if you’re not conservative. And while many Americans are following the 2012 presidential election, many liberals still are fighting the 2008 election.

Ask yourself: When was the last time you thought about former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin? In Hollywood you can measure that time span in seconds. She registers few pings on the overall public radar, yet the Left still is obsessing over her. That was punctuated by Julianne Moore’s win as Outstanding Actress for portraying the former Alaska governor in the HBO movie Game Change — a film cobbled together by cherry-picking unflattering aspects of Palin’s election saga out of a much broader 2008 book about the machinations of the overall presidential campaign.

The signature line from Moore’s acceptance speech: “I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs-down.” Stay classy.

With liberals embracing the flawed talking point that Romney somehow is alienating “47 percent” of Americans, do they not see the ugly irony that the Hollywood establishment consistently alienates conservatives?

One person wasn’t shy about it after reflecting on the Emmys coverage of website Deadline Hollywood: “I view myself as a moderate, I support abortion rights, and have biracial children. But I am a registered Republican, and these Hollywood award shows often leave me feeling like I’ve been (urinated) on.”

Hollywood stagecraft is eerily similar to the style-over-substance light show that brightens President Obama’s path on his never-ending campaign trail. That would explain why the president feels so at home taking swings at softball questions on TV talk shows while seeming to shirk much more presidential responsibilities such as — oh, maybe, huddling with world leaders to keep the Middle East from flying apart.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked as much Sunday of senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs. Apparently, Obama’s schedule is accommodating enough to allow him to appear on a gabfest like The View, but not quite elastic enough to allow face time with, say, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“So, he has time for Whoopi Goldberg but he doesn’t have time for world leaders?” Wallace asked Gibbs.

“There are telephones in the White House,” Gibbs deadpanned.

Maybe that’s why the most pressing Oval Office obligations appear to be on hold.
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shillery 101
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September 28, 2012
So, you guys don't approve of celebrity endorsements? Well then, "go ahead, make my day you empty chair"....does this ring a bell?
Oh yes of course...
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September 28, 2012
Boo hoo hoo....another column of right wing blubbering over (some of) Hollywood swooning about the Dems and ridiculing the GOP.

Yet, we turn the page back a mere 3 weeks and recall the GOP's eager anticipation of Hollywood faux tough guy Clint Eastwood and his bizarre performance speaking at an empty chair, clearing missing the mark to make any cogent point. And of course, we've all grown weary over Dennis Miller, Jon Voight, and Victoria Jackson and their periodic right wing testimonials before the "journalists" over at Fox.

I think your real problem when Hollywood speaks out for Dems and against the GOP is the relative creativity, good humor, and accuracy of their performances when compared to their rightward leaning peers.
Smarter than You
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September 29, 2012
Fox is about the only place you WILL find journalists these days. The problem all you libs have with Fox is that you cannot seem to separate journalism--actual reporting--from commentary. So let me do it for you: O'Reilly, Hannity, Stossel, and Van Sustren are Commentators. They have, and give, personal opinions. Brett Baer, Chris Wallace, and Shepherd Smith are journalists--they report the news... good, bad, or ugly...and in a balanced fashion.

What the so-called "mainstream" media.... ABC, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, etc. deliver as "news" and "reporting" is heavily tainted with a liberal bias and is often little more than a parroting of Democratic talking points. Case in point: the reporters caught by an open mic recently rehearsing among themselves the questions and follow-up questions they planned to ask to try and nail Mitt Romney on some comment he had made: Yet,these people are so in the tank for Obama that he never gets a tough question from any of them! Stories about Obama are positive. Stories about Romney or any other conservative are almost always negative. Well over half of the American public, according to surveys, concur with this assessment. Get your head out of the sand!
Suzipoohbear
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September 28, 2012
A lot more than 40 people applauded!!!
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