9.06.2006

The Smell of Curried Favor In The Air

CBS hires Rush Limbaugh.

The Disney 9-11 movie.

Is there a pending FCC ruling I'm not aware of? Backs to be scratched?

"I don't want to denigrate Kerry... but from a Viacom standpoint, the election of a Republican administration is a better deal. Because the Republican administration has stood for many things we believe in, deregulation and so on.... from a Viacom standpoint, we believe the election of a Republican administration is better for our company." -- Sumner Redstone

UPDATE: Then this from Variety (sub. req.):

Cablers and broadcasters are contributing the most entertainment industry money to 2006 election campaigns, latest figures show.[...]

Cablers and broadcasters have had several contentious issues before Congress this year, most notably involving the telecommunications reform legislation, which is still pending in the Senate, and a fine-boosting indecency bill, which already has been signed into law.

The industry's favorite politician, at least in terms of giving money, continues to be Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who had taken in more than $531,000 as of the end of June, the most recent reporting date.

A seemingly unlikely recipient of industry money has been Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), who has been attacking the "Hollywood values" of his challenger, James Webb, a decorated Vietnam War veteran as well as a former Reagan administration official, bestselling author and occasional screenwriter.
The article also says that Democrats (or "Dems") are receiving more than Republicans, but maybe these are more like in-kind donations.

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