New campaign productions are coming soon to the media outlets near you.
Groups known simply as independent committees, which have the ability to raise untold amounts of campaign cash, are already buying media time in advance of the coming Vote Wars of 2012.
As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court Citizen United decision, the groups can run ads minus many of the previous constraints imposed by campaign finance laws.
GOP strategist Karl Rove heads up American Crossroads, which already raised dollars and doled them out during the 2010 midterm elections. Rove’s group is poised to effectively channel resources into the upcoming campaigns. Read more...
It may turn out that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp newspapers aren’t the only publications with an alleged penchant for phone hacking.
According to the Associated Press, the left-leaning U.K. Mirror has been accused by a named source of the same charge that has been leveled against Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World.
James Hipwell, a former journalist for the Mirror, said that hacking was a common tactic at the paper.
“It was seen as a bit of a wheeze, slightly underhand but something many of them did,” the former Mirror employee told the Independent. “After they’d hacked into someone’s mobile they’d delete the message so another paper couldn’t get the story.” Read more...
The Hollywood business community can’t help but be engrossed in the developments of the News Corp News of the World scandal.
The vast mass media empire of Rupert Murdoch includes some of the most powerful companies in the entertainment industry. Movie production and distribution giants Fox Filmed Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Film and the TV production corporation 20th Century Fox Television are a significant part of News Corp’s entertainment media muscle.
Throw into the mix the Fox Broadcasting Company, the Fox Television Stations group, and the assorted attendant cable operations and the result is a conglomerate that the major Hollywood players are obliged to watch closely. Read more...
Hugh Grant views the end of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid, News of the World, as a “watershed moment.”
The now infamous newspaper was permanently shut down after reports surfaced that the paper’s employees had hacked into voice mails of numerous high-profile individuals.
Among those listed to have had their private conversations monitored illegally include Prince William, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Also violated was the voice mail of the family of a missing 13-year-old girl, whose deceased body was eventually found. Read more...
Hollywood has released plenty of films that have supported and encouraged religious faith.
But when the studio system ended, anti-religious themes began to pop up in many of the movies that were being released by the major studios.
Now it seems that Hollywood has moved beyond a hostile attitude toward traditional faith and into a realm in which film content actually promotes atheistic beliefs.
HBO host Bill Maher routinely touts atheism as a superior worldview. The comedian also produced and starred in a 2008 mock-umentary, “Religulous,” that not only ridiculed religion but elevated atheism. Read more...