President Obama and Vice President Biden gathered their children for a photo-op as Obama showily signed executive orders to prevent future mass shootings. It quickly became obvious that regulating the entertainment media wasn't part of his solution. Politics once more trumped policy.
Hollywood not only went unregulated, it went unmentioned. Biden announced that he had met with "229 groups from law enforcement agencies to public health officials to gun officials to gun advocacy groups to sportsmen and hunters and religious leaders."
He also met with Hollywood lobbyists and video game manufacturers, but was there anyone really expecting those meetings to amount to anything? After all, Biden was reported to have "withheld judgment on whether graphic games fuel violence" when he met the game makers, but added, "you all know the judgment other people have made."
Translation: You media executives might have an image problem. But we're not here to worsen it.
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.
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