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Sony Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election
The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/10/11 | Michael Warren

Posted on 08/10/2011 9:27:20 PM PDT by MissesBush

There may be an overtly political reason that moviegoers will be seeing the story of the Osama bin Laden raid just before they vote for president. Sony Pictures, the company distributing next year's film, hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama on their studio's premises in California last April. So far, Sony is the only major studio to hold a political fundraiser this cycle. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony will release the bin Laden movie, directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, on October 12, 2012--less than a month before the presidential election.

"The eyebrow does go up when you see the release date," says Douglas Urbanski, a Hollywood producer and conservative radio talk show host. Urbanski said he believes Bigelow's movie will be straightforward and apolitical, much like her 2009 war film The Hurt Locker (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture). But Sony's decision to release the bin Laden movie just weeks before the election, he says, is most likely "very, very deliberate."

Urbanski was a producer for The Contender, a 2000 political thriller with a plot that sympathized with a sex scandal-plagued Democrat and demonized a conservative Republican member of Congress. The movie was released on October 13, 2000. "It was without a doubt a deliberate attempt to influence the election," says Urbanski.

Sony Pictures could not immediately be reached for comment.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; binladen; hollywoodliberals; kathrynbigelow; obamaasreerection; obamareelection; obl; october2012; octobersurprise; osama; osamabinladen; seals; sealteamsix; sony; sony4obama; spikingtheball
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What's one more illegal in-kind campaign contribution from the media and Hollywood? Hell, Obama gets billions in such from the US news media every year in their entirely non-critical coverage of his performance, all as a follow on to the $5 billion worth of illegal, in kind contributions to the Obama campaign from the news media in 2008 from pro Obama campaign ads in the guise of unbiased journalism. Somehow I doubt anyone will even care enough in October 2012 to go see this movie--already the killing of OBL seems like old news---nor have their vote influenced by it especially if the economy remains as mired in the sludge as it currently is.
1 posted on 08/10/2011 9:27:26 PM PDT by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush

The Seals got Obama.

The only thing Obama killed was our children’s future.


2 posted on 08/10/2011 9:29:28 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Life as Nancy Pelosi knows & wants it, must end, Life As Nancy Knows it is to raise Debt 10% annualy)
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Can you say fascism.


3 posted on 08/10/2011 9:29:39 PM PDT by Gene Eric (May our dreams converge for a free and prosperous nation.)
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To: MissesBush
This president, by all appearances, makes Richard Nixon look like an Eagle Scout.

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4 posted on 08/10/2011 9:30:33 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


5 posted on 08/10/2011 9:30:52 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: MissesBush

Leni Riefenstahl is alive and well.


6 posted on 08/10/2011 9:33:56 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: MissesBush

I wonder who will play the part of Obama???

I’m sure that this will be a propaganda movie, and will show that Obama was courageous and determined to move this mission forward. It will probably hint that Obama was on the trail of Bin Laden on Day 1 of his presidency, but due to the need for secrecy, didn’t want to tip his hand on what he was doing.

It will be propaganda. At best it will be a sort of historical fiction.

Will the young adults who are the biggest movie audience go see it? If they don’t, Sony could have the embarrassment of a box office bomb on its hands.

I will state right now that I will NOT go see the Obama movie.

I wonder if there will be fawning reviews of this movie from all the movie critics.


7 posted on 08/10/2011 9:34:07 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Gene Eric

Yep. This would make Leni Riefenstahl blush. Disgusting.


8 posted on 08/10/2011 9:35:00 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: MissesBush

That’s nice.

I just canceled my Sony movie channel on DirecTV and will never again buy another Sony product.

[and believe me, I’ve spent many thousands on their cameras, TVs, DVD recorders, car and home stereos, desk and laptop PCs, etc]

Dear Sony,

Bite me.


9 posted on 08/10/2011 9:35:13 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“I wonder who will play the part of Obama???”

Is Don Knotts still alive?


10 posted on 08/10/2011 9:36:07 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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11 posted on 08/10/2011 9:37:22 PM PDT by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . maybe a lotta blow . . . . .)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

It will be a flop and in fact, it might back fire on 0bama.
Most 0bama supporters probably won’t go and the rest of us definately won’t go.


12 posted on 08/10/2011 9:38:03 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Salamander

Steve Urkel?


13 posted on 08/10/2011 9:39:46 PM PDT by abishai
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To: MissesBush

BASTARDS!

Crass, arrogant, spoiled, obnoxious bastards!


14 posted on 08/10/2011 9:40:39 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Nachum

I have a strong suspicion it will be a total flop and prove to be a gigantic embarrassment to them all.


15 posted on 08/10/2011 9:41:52 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Salamander

Yep, whatever happened to Barney Fife??? LOL

As an aside, I once talked to someone and mistakenly referred to Barney Frank as Barney Fife. Turns out this person was liberal,and didn’t see the humor. It was actually unintentional on my part, but, they couldn’t laugh about it. Where’s the liberal sense of humor????

I can’t think offhand of any black actors who might be a believable Obama. Well, the magic of makeup and editing and voice overs will make someone resemble Obama.


16 posted on 08/10/2011 9:43:43 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: abishai

If Sony products weren’t so good, I’d return the Sony SW radio my wife bought me for my birthday a few months back before we knew this.


17 posted on 08/10/2011 9:44:11 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I am a young adult and I saw The Hurt Locker, but I am not interested at all in something that is deliberately played just to show us a failure of a president doing something against his wishy-washy set of foreign policy ideas.


18 posted on 08/10/2011 9:44:49 PM PDT by Merta (A new thing.)
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To: MissesBush
Remember Election 2004?

The Rat Party screamed bloody murder at the mere mention of 9/11 fearing images of Bush at the site would lose them a vote or two.

I remember not long after 9/11/2001 callers to talk shows emphatically denouncing the American Flag and swearing to oppose it wherever -- it's too Republican they said.

Even Rat Party employees of the MSM refused Flag pins -- now the July 4th Independence Day will likely be banned, a Harvard (I think, and no surprise) study showed that it was a "Republican" holiday -- especially dangerous for young children who could be influenced to honor America as a Republican.

You cannot have dialog with sick minds and mental retards. It's best to just get it (whatever it turns out to be) over with.

19 posted on 08/10/2011 9:46:01 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: MissesBush

I’ve always bought Sony products. I can now say that I’ve purchased my last one. And believe me, I’m one of those lowlifes that REALLY holds a grudge. Once you piss me off, you’re toast. I also like to spread the word to my friends. Sony will be losing some customers over this. It may not be a lot but every little bit hurts. IMHO.


20 posted on 08/10/2011 9:48:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans need to wean their government off of its dependence on foreign money.)
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To: MissesBush

Just wrote Sony an e-mail-—as I understand it, they are “underwriting” Barry’s re-election movie. Here’s their “comment card” website, if you’d like to ....”communicate” with them.

http://sonystyle.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/sonystyle.cfg/php/xml_api/cci/feedback.php?source=Sony%20Store

“Underwriting the Bin Laden Death movie for Stevie Dunham’s re-election?.....”


21 posted on 08/10/2011 9:48:05 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: MissesBush; Liz
Sony Pictures, the company distributing next year's film, hosted a fundraiser

Overseas loot? Kinda sounds illegal to me.

22 posted on 08/10/2011 9:54:05 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: unkus
Congressman wants probe of bin Laden movie project ..

Republican Peter King, who heads the Homeland Security Committee,asked the inspectors general of the CIA and Defense Department to determine what consultations occurred in the Obama administration about providing Hollywood with access to covert military operators and clandestine CIA officers.

Forbes.com

23 posted on 08/10/2011 9:57:55 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"I wonder who will play the part of Obama???"

They should get Shirley Q. Liquor. That would be perfect.

24 posted on 08/10/2011 9:59:31 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Seaplaner

“This president, by all appearances, makes Richard Nixon look like an Eagle Scout.”

####

Richard Nixon? Please.

Nixon was an Eagle scout compared to ANY of the Democrat presidents of the past 50 years.

The LeftMedia has distorted history to the point that the jaywalking crime of Watergate is now the benchmark for all political corruption.

Utter ridiculous.


25 posted on 08/10/2011 10:01:26 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Salamander; Dilbert San Diego

“I wonder who will play the part of Obama???”

Is Phyllis Diller still alive?


26 posted on 08/10/2011 10:05:52 PM PDT by This Just In
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To: Dilbert San Diego
August 8, 2011

The New Yorker Under the Microscope
By Zeke Turner

The New Yorker ran a play-by-play about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. It was quickly accepted as one of the most impressive pieces of magazine journalism so far this year — ASME bait and bound to be a major motion picture screenplay.

Schmidle’s age, 32, and his family — his father is Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr., the deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

....no SEALs were interviewed “is critical to allowing readers to determine how much credibility they should put into this account.” Paul Craig Roberts, a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury and former editor at The Wall Street Journal called it “a story planted on Nicholas Schmidle.“The White House clearly blessed the dramatic reconstruction of the mission,” Maureen Dowd wrote Sunday in the Times.


27 posted on 08/10/2011 10:08:02 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Let’s hope. I have little faith it will happen with the right results.


28 posted on 08/10/2011 10:10:22 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: MissesBush

The movie will be a non-event. Other than the Sony people, Obama’s Hollywood pals and the liberals who will vote for him anyway- who else will watch and be swayed by it?


29 posted on 08/10/2011 10:12:26 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: FlingWingFlyer; Mortrey

I think they are busy right now with:

Sony suffers yet another setback in 2011..they were torched in London...and
PlayStation franchise was hit by a massive hack.

http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/08/09/sony.suffers.yet.another.setback.in.2011/

http://mesalliance.org/blog/2011/08/09/fire-reportedly-destroys-dadcs-london-area-warehouse/


30 posted on 08/10/2011 10:16:19 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Dilbert San Diego
“I wonder who will play the part of Obama???”

Too bad Bob Denver's not around still - as Barack O. Krebs.

“”WORK??!!”

31 posted on 08/10/2011 10:20:38 PM PDT by decal (Mother Nature and Real Life are conservatives - the Progs have never figured this out.)
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To: unkus

When one of them comes out with a book no one in his right mind would waste the time to read or money to buy, rich benefactors and corporate toadies buy millions of copies that go into storage somewhere, in return for fat government contracts.

They could buy millions of tickets, but folks are bound to notice that no one is actually sitting in the theaters, so they’ll probably hire drunks and bums to fill the seats, and one way or another, taxes will pay for it.

This could get expensive.


32 posted on 08/10/2011 10:23:48 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: MissesBush

Obama is using the military as a prop to promote his damned election. He is putting our fighters in danger for political gain.


33 posted on 08/10/2011 10:26:31 PM PDT by garjog
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To: MissesBush
Idea: to counter act the Obama War Hero film, lets get a theater troupe to produce the Obama Musical (as performed in Germany before the 2008 election), but play it as a farce. We could add some to the script and include him shooting Bin Laden, playing golf and reading his lines form a teleprompter. It would draw huge audiences of people sickened by the most disgusting misleader of American history.


34 posted on 08/10/2011 10:32:34 PM PDT by garjog
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To: MissesBush

Now I don’t feel so sorry for the Sony warehouse that the communists, anarchists, criminals and jihadists burnt to the ground in England.


35 posted on 08/10/2011 10:48:07 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: abishai

Too obvious....;D


36 posted on 08/10/2011 10:49:49 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I wonder who will play the part of Obama???

They could use the Jackson brothers (and sisters). They could use them at each stage of Obama's life.
37 posted on 08/10/2011 10:51:33 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Gee...I could come up with a lot of “empty gun/one bullet” jokes for *that*....:)

I would bet you money that *if* the Maggot In Chief ever gets a bio-pic made, Will Smith will be all over it like....well, you know.

;]


38 posted on 08/10/2011 10:52:19 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: MissesBush
I sent Sony a goodbye note a moment ago. Man they make some quality product and I'm going to miss it but I'm a stubborn SOB. Like with a cheating wife I can forgive but not forget. The relationship is soiled and this will tint my view of the entire massive conglomerate.
I'm not so stupid I'd ditch anything I've got now [TV,stereo,DVD player,video camera,digital SLR camera,etc.]
But I'll be danged if I spend another nickle on their sh!t
again. Korea is turning out some quality stuff now.
39 posted on 08/10/2011 10:52:49 PM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: This Just In

Charles Nelson Reilly?

[wish Richard Pryor was still here...that would be hilarious]


40 posted on 08/10/2011 10:59:22 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

With ticket prices what they are someone could host a NOT this movie fundraiser for the military in which people send in the price a movie ticket WOULD cost if they were to go to the movie. Maybe for Seals 6 families, college funds or something. Sort of a boycott but with a twist to it.


41 posted on 08/10/2011 11:07:13 PM PDT by Anima Mundi (I didn't say it was your fault. I said I am going to BLAME you.)
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To: WePledge; All

This video and (English transcript, sub-titles, if/when available) of the eye-witness could take the edge off that plan.

Someone should download and save the video so it does not disappear. Sadly I don’t know how to do this

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2761965/posts?page=37#35 (please read)


42 posted on 08/10/2011 11:11:48 PM PDT by FARS (Be healthy, happy and thrive,)
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To: garjog

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2761965/posts?page=37#35


43 posted on 08/10/2011 11:19:21 PM PDT by FARS (Be healthy, happy and thrive,)
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To: FARS

It didn’t work for John Glenn with The Right Stuff and it won’t work for Obama.In fact, it will backfire big time.

The economy will be so bad in a year, people will be sleeping at voting places anyway in order to get rid of this guy. They won’t even see it lol


44 posted on 08/10/2011 11:51:09 PM PDT by ground_fog
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To: MissesBush

It will be a great movie.

America will finally find out what hole Obama was playing on the Golf Course when the Secret Service came and got him to take him back to the Situation Room.

As for me, I’m still wondering whose Suit Jacket he was given to cover up his Golf attire.


45 posted on 08/11/2011 12:01:56 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now.)
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To: All
"Spiking the Ball" in time for an October surprise.

I can't even feign shock.

46 posted on 08/11/2011 12:28:38 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: MissesBush

“The Hurt Locker” won a lot of awards and no one saw it. Movie fans aren’t interested in Hollywood’s “nuanced” views of America’s military and it’s accomplishments. This picture will be similar - lots of awards and critics ooing and aahing for a moral-equivalence movie no one will pay to see. It certainly will not win re-election for Obama - his presidency has snowballed past the Carter standard for failure and the only thing that can save him now is a terrible GOP candidate running a terrible campaign.


47 posted on 08/11/2011 12:35:53 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: americanophile

Yep. This would make Leni Riefenstahl blush.

Triumph of the Swill.


48 posted on 08/11/2011 12:40:30 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68
Yep. This would make Leni Riefenstahl blush.

Triumph of the Swill

Brilliant!

49 posted on 08/11/2011 1:13:28 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Covenantor

We try. Leni was a brilliant film maker, Obama’s
minions can’t hold a candle to her.


50 posted on 08/11/2011 1:17:20 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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