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Viacom: Obama townhall is not political

So the next question should have been, "Then what the hell is it?":

Viacom networks MTV, BET and CMT are giving an hour of free air time to President Obama less than three weeks before the midterm elections. 

The so-called "A Conversation with President Obama" will be live and commercial-free on six Viacom networks at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The networks will not give equal time to a Republican before the election, according to a spokeswoman.

MTV denies that the Obama hour of TV is political, despite the timing, weeks before the midterm elections.

"We're not giving an hour of free time to the president to freely express his views. We're hosting a town hall with 250 young people to ask questions of the president,"Viacom spokeswoman Kelly McAndrew said to HUMAN EVENTS.

"This is not a campaign appearance. This is a town hall discussion." 

Viacom, your network for bald-faced lies.



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Don't worry. I'm sure Viac... (Below threshold)

Don't worry. I'm sure Viacom et al will ensure that the audience is a representative sample of all young-person political viewpoints.

Why, it was only a few short years ago that MTV, BET and CMT gave an hour of airtime to Republicans to engage with young people......er...eh? wassat? They didn't?

Hmmm, simple oversight would be my guess.


So what? This is free spee... (Below threshold)

So what? This is free speech.

Sumner Redstone has the same rights as Rupert Murdoch.

galoob indeed he does and t... (Below threshold)

galoob indeed he does and they can shill for Obama all they want, up until they pass the fairness docrine, then they will have some problems don't you think? I assume you're opposed to the fairness doctrine right?

I'm sure the casting that v... (Below threshold)

I'm sure the casting that viacom is doing will be a bit more rigorous than the last town hall where Obama heard this:

"Frankly, I'm exhausted. I'm tired of defending you... My husband and I thought we were beyond the hot dog and beans of our lives."

In fact, I'd bet we'll hear questions about the most pressing issue of the day, at least as far as the desperate dems are concerned - what about foreign money affecting our elections?

Truth is, Obama doesn't get it.
He can help his and his party's popularity more by receding from the public eye.
He's over his head, clueless, and he doesn't know when to shut up.

galoob: "Sumner Redstone ha... (Below threshold)

galoob: "Sumner Redstone has the same rights as Rupert Murdoch."

How do we know that Sumner Redstone isn't using the funds generated by foreign investors to bankroll this production??!!

It's time for Sumner Redstone and his pals to open their books and let us see exactly what monies were utilized in what ways to ensure that our democracy is not stolen by foreign interests!!!

Listen up Sumner, according to obambi/biden/axelrod, it's your responsibility to prove that you don't "mingle" funds from foreign entities/persons with the funds you utilize for your ongoing operations!!

This is critical!!

And we're also waiting for the Unions to open their books so we can see if they are mingling any of their dues from foreign members to use for political ads here in the US.

Hurry up unions! obambi/biden/axelrod/galoob et al are demanding this be done!!

"Sumner Redstone has the sa... (Below threshold)

"Sumner Redstone has the same rights as Rupert Murdoch."

So galoob, WHO has Murdoch given an hour of free air time to in the Republican party?

Well, the young liberal idi... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Well, the young liberal idiots who'll sit there and watch MTV for that dog & pony show won't even be able to grasp the irony.

As for Viacom, they're simply throwing good money after bad and wasting their time to boot, but when a liberal ideology takes over any enterprise then said enterprise by definition becomes incapable of being cogent.

MTV and BET - meh. That's o... (Below threshold)

MTV and BET - meh. That's only a few thousand viewers that aren't voting anyway. And CMT - they'll just tick off the folks there for pre-empting the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition rerun, and make them switch channels.

Maybe Barry will be asked h... (Below threshold)

Maybe Barry will be asked how the young viewers of MTV et al. ( and their children and grandchildren) will ever be able to pay off the national debt. While Bush and the Republicans clearly spent too much, they were truly pikers compared to B. Hussein Obama and company.

The last budget the Republicans were responsible was for Fiscal Year 2007. (The Democrats won the November 2006 elections and took control of the House and Senate in January 2007.) The FY 2007 deficit was $163 billion. The deficit for FY 2009 was $1.42 trillion. The deficit is forecast to be $1.17 trillion in 2010.

Bob - and that's why they h... (Below threshold)

Bob - and that's why they haven't bothered to submit a budget this year. They're scared shitless of what the public would think of the negative numbers.

Right galoob?

"This is not a campaign ... (Below threshold)

"This is not a campaign appearance. This is a town hall discussion."
The check is in the mail
I swear I won't put it all the way in
I'm from the government and I am here to help
It's not you, it's me.

GULOOB, Barney says clean y... (Below threshold)

GULOOB, Barney says clean your room now!

"This is not a campaign app... (Below threshold)

"This is not a campaign appearance. This is a town hall discussion."

Uh, trust me, no matter where Obama is if his lips are moving he is campaigning. It's just what he does.

Everything Barry does is</p... (Below threshold)

Everything Barry does is

A.) Political

B.) Idiotic

In audacity this is viacom'... (Below threshold)
Don L:

In audacity this is viacom's equivelant of that 1930 denial of "I am not going into Poland"....(paraphrased from the original German of course.)

Does the cash value of this... (Below threshold)

Does the cash value of this in-kind donation from Viacom to Obama exceed legal limits?

Holder will get right on it... (Below threshold)

Holder will get right on it just as soon as he and galooba get done watching Barney and baby bop reunion tour.

Please, please, please let ... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Please, please, please let some dim-witted MTV youth ask Obama whether he wears boxers or briefs, as was done to Bill Clinton, who answered the ridiculous question, and Newt Gingrich, who told the questioner that he should be ashamed of himself for asking.

If not asked, then this MTV "town-hall" will be nothing more than a dull infomercial for the narcicist-in-chief.

It doesn't matter. The trut... (Below threshold)

It doesn't matter. The truth is out. The left and MSM cannot hide it any longer. This guy is a one trick pony. An empty suit. An inexperienced shill for the dem's. He is talking to the kids that watch Jersey Shore or are minorities which he already has locked up. He is preaching to the choir. What he should do is reach out to independents but of course he is not smart enough are brave enough to face them. ww

On the bright side, everywh... (Below threshold)

On the bright side, everywhere yoda ears goes he blesses the lucky fool he is trying to help with the political kiss of death. So keep it up Berry.

Anyone seen Jim X lately?? Me and him have a running bet about November. Hes as hard to get ahold of as Holder when serious crimes are committed.

What's Barry going to say t... (Below threshold)
jim m:

What's Barry going to say that he hasn't already said? I supopse he will try to connect with the youth vote by trotting out his "Slurpy" bit once more. Yawn.

It's not as if any of the people who watch these channels vote. Hell most kids who watch these channels aren't old enough yet. Their demographic has moved younger over the years and it is also composed of people who tend to not be all that interested in politics.

Barry's cool factor has waned. If he still thinks that Rolling Stone and MTV are the way to electoral success then he's welcome to that belief. I'm sure in the 57 states he's been to they mean a great deal. The 50 states the rest of us live in, not so much.

"Sumner Redstone has the sa... (Below threshold)

"Sumner Redstone has the same rights as Rupert Murdoch."

So galoob, WHO has Murdoch given an hour of free air time to in the Republican party?

Still waiting for your response galoob.

this does serve well to hig... (Below threshold)
jim m:

this does serve well to highlight yet another lib double standard. Libs get pissed if a conservative gets any airtime without some leftist crank getting equal or more time.

In a similar manner they see no problem with dem politicians going to churches and delivering stump speeches from the pulpit during Sunday services, but if a conservative pastor says anything remotely political we have a constitutional crisis.

So Galoob sees no problem with giving the de facto leader of the dem party an hour of unrebutted free pub right before an election. Clearly he cannot come up with anything remotely similar happening with a conservative pol. It just doesn't happen, but if it did you can be sure that his voice would be one of the first you hear screaming about how unfair it was.

Galoob cant comment ... (Below threshold)

Galoob cant comment right now, He is riding a stuffed purple dinosaur.

Another drive-by from galoo... (Below threshold)

Another drive-by from galoob. 'Tis a shame.

...If only he had talked about that time when President Bush was on all of the networks for free getting softball questions on how it's so hard to be what we've all been waiting for...oh, hopenchange, that never happened...

Aw shucks.

#24: Reverse Cowgirl?... (Below threshold)

#24: Reverse Cowgirl?

I don't get the objection. ... (Below threshold)

I don't get the objection. Viacom could put Obama on for 24 hours a day if it wanted.

It looks like you all want to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.

After all, Huckabee gets his own show on Fox, and he ran and likely is running for president.

Hey if the fairness doctrin... (Below threshold)

Hey if the fairness doctrine would break the strangle hold the dems and liberals have on the msm bring it on. Of course we know that's not the case it would only be targeted where the evil conservatives express their views. For me I have zero problem with Obama going 24/7 on MTV at least that would keep him from wrecking the country further. Frankly the more the man talks the worse it is for his party.






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