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Obama's Inauguration Sold to Highest Bidder, TV Not This Excited Since Clinton in '93
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Posted on 01/07/2009 8:28:54 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Obama's Inauguration Sold to Highest Bidder, TV Not This Excited Since Clinton in '93 By Warner Todd Huston Created 2009-01-07 11:21

Reuters has a January 7 Hollywood Reporter story informing the world that "HBO lands rights to inaugural ceremony, [1]" but this raises the question; why are parts of the inauguration being auctioned to the highest bidder for exclusive coverage? Shouldn't all of the inauguration be something for every American and not relegated just for the TV station that has the most cash? Why is this vaunted man of the people allowing exclusive coverage of his big day to go to a station not available to all Americans equally?

It makes one wonder if the Democrat's claims of being interested in equality and fairness is all but hot air when the money is hitting the table?

HBO is claiming that they will offer the program for free, not pay-per-view, and that it will be broadcast to folks without the HBO channel on their cable service. But it will still be just on cable. Naturally, for those without cable at all, well, these people are out of luck. So much for Obama's big day being for ALL the people. I guess it's only for those with cable.

The story informs us that in 1993, HBO paid out $1.5 million for the rights to the exclusive coverage of Bill Clinton's kickoff from the Lincoln Memorial. HBO did not disclose how much they are paying for the Obama inaugural, but the money will go to the Obama Inaugural Committee. Apparently, even though Barack Obama raised millions upon millions for his campaign and had millions left over, he has found he needs more for his big party day and HBO comes to the rescue.

His avarice for campaign contributions makes one fear for one's wallet re taxes, doesn't it?

The Hollywood Reporter story goes on to detail all the TV coverage that Obama will receive for his inauguration and it is definitely extensive. It seems every channel is planning all sorts of coverage of the parts of the inauguration that HBO is not freezing them out of.

I know you will all be shocked, but the TV folks haven't scheduled this much TV coverage for an inauguration since Clinton was Inaugurated in 1993. I know, shocking, isn't it? Imagine that? TV hasn't been this excited about a presidential inauguration since Bill Clinton!

In case you wondered, I am rolling my eyes as I type.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhoinauguration; boycotttimewarner; coronation; donors; fundingtheleft; fundraising; hbo; inauguration; obama; obaminauguration; timelieswarnerturner
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1 posted on 01/07/2009 8:28:55 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

How much is this inauguration costing?

In 2004, the Leftists at Salon and in the print MSM decried the Bush administration spending so much money (even privately raised funds) on an inuaguration when we have troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan and people who’ve lost homes through natural disaster and people out of work etc etc...


2 posted on 01/07/2009 8:30:56 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t have HBO and therefore won’t be able to watch..

That being said, I have other, more important plans for that day including watching grass grow, paint dry and cleaning my motorcycle (which, by the way, if you own one and your wife/girlfriend tells you you love that bike more than her, PLEASE don’t respond, “Why not? I ride it more” (it’s a 30 day shutoff, from personal experience)..


3 posted on 01/07/2009 8:33:39 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Sounds painful.


4 posted on 01/07/2009 8:35:11 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Protest the inauguration. Back in 2004, “thousands” protested the inuaguration and they got press (out of millions of people who supported Bush).

The fence post turtle gets no pass.


6 posted on 01/07/2009 8:35:58 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Sub-Driver
HBO lands rights to inaugural ceremony

So there will be gratuitous nudity and f-bombs?

7 posted on 01/07/2009 8:37:01 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: richace

I hope there’s a blizzard.........


8 posted on 01/07/2009 8:38:14 AM PST by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: weegee

Seems to me that if HBO is paying big bucks for BHO’s inauguration, then the expenses for the inauguration might be offset. I have to wonder, though, why wouldn’t this event, given its importance, be simulcast to all TV sets, digital, analog, cable, satellite, or otherwise? This seems to be playing into more of a Hollywood-type event, rather than a constitutional event.


9 posted on 01/07/2009 8:38:19 AM PST by Bit-O-Honey
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama's Inauguration Sold to Highest Bidder...

Proving that it's not news; it's entertainment.

10 posted on 01/07/2009 8:39:27 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

“That being said, I have other, more important plans for that day including watching grass grow, paint dry and cleaning my motorcycle (which, by the way, if you own one and your wife/girlfriend tells you you love that bike more than her, PLEASE don’t respond, “Why not? I ride it more” (it’s a 30 day shutoff, from personal experience)..”

For the wife or the motorcycle... which one would be worse??

you probably shouldn’t answert that one either


11 posted on 01/07/2009 8:49:00 AM PST by DieNarrin (Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity!)
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To: DieNarrin

heh..


12 posted on 01/07/2009 8:52:53 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: Bit-O-Honey

So what are the “ethics” of having one corporation pay this?

Hillary Clinton avoided an “ethics” charge for getting $8million for her autobiography by securing it in the window between winning her senate race and being sworn in. Since this is FOR the swearing in, Obama should be questioned over this money.


13 posted on 01/07/2009 8:53:13 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

The ex-CEO of HBO just left and HBO gets exclusive rights for pre-events?

Geez, what a shock.

That’s change you can believe in, Chicago style.


14 posted on 01/07/2009 8:59:20 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: richace
“What’s everybody in FR land doing?”

Pointedly NOT watching the public execution of my country.

15 posted on 01/07/2009 9:01:02 AM PST by Salamander ( Cursed with Second Sight.)
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To: Salamander
I might watch it if only to see the unthinkable. I know how that sounds, but I think I liken my interest to wanting to see an execution or watch a stripper dance. I wonder if I've gone mad.
16 posted on 01/07/2009 9:03:52 AM PST by Niuhuru (I'm A Racist and Proud Of It!)
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To: richace

Definitely not watching, but otherwise, I don’t know. Probably at work.


17 posted on 01/07/2009 9:04:28 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Sub-Driver

Me too. Or freezing rain.

Either way I’ll be too busy to watch. I know I’ve got housecleaning to do, walk the dog, paint a room, drink a few shots, or a dozen other things...


18 posted on 01/07/2009 9:09:43 AM PST by SueRae
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To: Sub-Driver

Why is this vaunted man of the people allowing exclusive coverage of his big day to go to a station not available to all Americans equally?....

No problem!...wasn’t going to watch the fraudulent happy crap anyway!


19 posted on 01/07/2009 9:11:25 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Sub-Driver

Considering the current astronomical amount of corruption going on with the Democrats, why on earth would I want to pay any attention to their point man?


21 posted on 01/07/2009 9:22:51 AM PST by CharonofStyx
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Isn’t this “pay to play” ala Blago?


22 posted on 01/07/2009 9:23:12 AM PST by IM2MAD
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

My sock drawer needs my attention - all day.


23 posted on 01/07/2009 9:27:28 AM PST by pbear8 (I have plenty of credit, there is no crunch)
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To: Niuhuru

At least watching a striptease has an upside! ;-P


24 posted on 01/07/2009 9:28:41 AM PST by MortMan (Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton)
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To: Sub-Driver

The airwaves in America are the property of US citizens. Part of the deal with commericial broadcasters is that they schedule a certain amount of public service ads and programs. Where do they get off refusing to carry a public event as significant as a Presidential Inauguration?

Or does the Marxist Onada see this as yet another money making opportunity?


25 posted on 01/07/2009 10:17:47 AM PST by dools007
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To: richace
What they’re talking about is some sort of manufactured “events,” where you can see Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, P Diddy and all that crowd.

BARACK AMERICA

26 posted on 01/07/2009 10:32:57 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; GeorgiaDawg32

Better than not riding the bike for a month though....


27 posted on 01/07/2009 11:54:56 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Do what my ol’ man did...buy her a bike of her own.

Then you’ll have that “If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand” problem whupped....:)


28 posted on 01/07/2009 2:19:55 PM PST by Salamander ( Cursed with Second Sight.)
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