Skip to comments.MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought
Posted on 01/20/2012 7:44:18 PM PST by Kieri
from the sickening dept
Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what's happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News to explicitly threaten politicians who accept MPAA campaign donations that they'd better pass Hollywood's favorite legislation... or else:
"Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,"
This certainly follows what many people assumed was happening, and fits with the anonymous comments from studio execs that they will stop contributing to Obama, but to be so blatant about this kind of corruption and money-for-laws politics in the face of an extremely angry public is a really, really, really tone deaf response from Dodd.
It shows, yet again, that he just doesn't get it. People were protesting not just because of the content of these bills, but because of the corrupt process of big industries like Dodd's "buying" politicians and "buying" laws. To then come out and make that threat explicit isn't a way to fix things or win back the public. It's just going to get them more upset, and to recognize just how corrupt this process is. If Dodd, as he said in yesterday's NY Times, really wanted to turn things around and come to a more reasonable result, this is exactly how not to do it. It shows, yet again, a DC-insider's mindset. He used Fox News to try to "send a message" to politicians. But the internet already sent a much louder message... and, even worse for Dodd, he bizarrely sent his message in a way that everyone who's already fed up with this kind of corruption can see it too. It really makes you wonder what he's thinking and how someone so incompetent at this could keep his job.
The MPAA doesn't need a DC insider explicitly demanding the right to buy laws and buy politicians. The MPAA needs a reformer, one who helps guide Hollywood into the opportunities of a new market place. The MPAA needs someone who actually understands the internet, and helps lead the studios forward. That's apparently not Chris Dodd.
Public Knowledge issued a fantastic statement that not only highlights the ridiculousness of Dodd's threats, but also the hypocrisy of the Hollywood studios on this issue:
Public Knowledge welcomes constructive dialog with people from all affected sectors about issues surrounding copyright, the state of the movie industry and related concerns. Cybersecurity experts, Internet engineers, venture capitalists, artists, entrepreneurs, human rights advocates, law professors, consumers and public-interest organizations, among others should be included. They were shut out of the process for these bills.
We suggest that in the meantime, if the MPAA is truly concerned about the jobs of truck drivers and others in the industry, then it can bring its overseas filming back to the U.S. and create more jobs. It could stop holding states hostage for millions of dollars in subsidies that strained state budgets cant afford while pushing special-interest bills through state legislatures. While that happens, discussions could take place.
Screw Hollywood. They’ve been going downhill since they junked the Hays Code.
Definitely his father’s son. As corrupt as they come.
Crooked Chris Dodd - I bet he misses the “waitress sandwiches” he used to have with Ted Kennedy
“Crooked Chris Dodd - I bet he misses the waitress sandwiches he used to have with Ted Kennedy”
That bread is a little moldy by now. Both slices.
I really wish that a company like Google would publicly offer these people a bribe to drop the bill, double whatever they are getting from the MPAA. I’d double-dare the government to prosecute, because I think that the trial would certainly be the beginning of its end.
You know, in the old days, it was an envelope of 100’s in an envelope quietly hand-delivered to a chinaman. These days, these politicians are so brazen that the graft is in print as a public record; they don’t care, because apparently, we don’t care.
Oh, I thought these were the guys who feel like the penalty for pirating a lousy movie should be many times greater than the penalty for murder.
It helps to remember that the Clinton-Bush coziness goes back to the days of Iran-Contra, when Papa Bush was supervising covert arms shipments to Latin America out of Arkansas (with drugs making the return trip) and Governor Clinton was busy looking the other way. Further, as was clear during abortive Republican investigations into various Clinton scandals, in the culture of impunity of Washington, politics stops at corruption's edge. Almost all major corruption is either bipartisan or common enough that one side can effectively blackmail the other.
Bittorrent, magnet links, Pirate Bay..do what you have to do.
Screw Hollywood and Dodd is RIGHT. I don’t go to the movies, not putting a dime in these dirtbags pockets...unless and until I can see a fim on Dodd in Alcatraz..or Rykers.
No depictions of Explosions, Firearms, Firewater or smoking on TV and in the movies.
Actually, no, we don't all know. Aside from his partner in sleaze Ted Kennedy, and his partner in crime Bawney Fwank, I'm sure there are volumes the MSM has neglected to publish.
This is a serious question : is there a comprehensive article, or published book that recaps the long, criminal career of Dodd?
Other than the usual MSM and their selective blindness?
Why can't Dodd ever be prosecuted, indicted and see jail time?