A somber and
sober Memorial Day to one and all.
Barack Obama and his wife Michelle just signed
a deal with Netflix to “produce television
shows and films for the streaming service.” It could be worth as
much as $50 million.
perfect business sense for Netflix – given the Obamas’ extensive
experience in story development, screenwriting, direction and
I kid. I’m a
of course, have zero history in the filmmaking business. The chances
of them falling backwards into content production success are…just
through a political prism – rather than a business one – this move
makes perfect sense. For the Obamas – and Netflix.
It is the
culmination of a decade’s worth of DC cronyism – come
round full circle: “Ted…Sarandos and his wife, Nicole Avant,
bundled nearly $600,000 in contributions to Obama from their friends
and associates during the 2012 presidential campaign.”
And who is Ted
Sarandos?: “(Netflix)’s creative content chief who oversees an
$8 billion budget (and who) helped to broker the deal….”
Aha. I see.
And what of Sarandos’
matrimonial co-bundler?: “Avant served as US ambassador to the
Bahamas from 2009 to 2011, during the president’s first term. Her
father, Clarence, a music exec, bundled a total of nearly $450,000 for
Obama’s presidential campaigns.”
all of this nice and cozy.
What has the
former First Couple planned
for Netflix?: “The Obamas plan to work on stories that ‘promote
greater empathy and understanding between peoples and help them share
their stories with the entire world.’”
Hollywood is really suffering a titanic dearth of this sort of
content. I was just thinking the other day “What we’re really not
getting in movies and on television – is a bunch of mushy-headed
Leftist claptrap dressed up as entertainment.”
I kid. I’m a
Netflix’s $50-million-Obama-throwaway – follows on the heels of their appointing
former Obama official and serial liar Susan Rice to its board.
un-funny, angry and acerbic White House
Correspondents Dinner emcee Michelle Wolf – getting
a Netflix deal her own self.
And I can
with nigh certitude say this Obama deal – is a $50 million throwaway.
I said so on social media – and received Never Trumper pushback that
“Netflix wouldn’t cut the deal unless they think it will make them
money.” That this deal was “capitalism in action.”
someone missed the last thirty-plus years of Hollywood nonsense?
Hollywood time and again trots out Leftist nonsense disguised as
entertainment – only to watch the box-office and ratings awfulness it
produces? Only to try it again? And again? And again?
Five-millionth-time will be the charm, I guess they’re thinking.
Hollywood time and again leaves million-dollar-bills lying on the
sidewalk – i.e. the production and delivery of pro-traditional-America
content? Which they ever-so-rarely deliver – and then act abjectly
shocked when it rakes in the cash?
I.e. when the
not-entirely-anti-Donald-Trump “Roseanne” redux – delivers
monster ratings networks haven’t seen since
the advent of cable TV. I.e. – before “Roseanne” was on the first
anti-bottom-line ideological nonsense – has crept well beyond the
bowels of just Hollywood.
many sectors have forgotten the elementary rule to which basketball
legend Michael Jordan rigorously adhered.
staunch Democrat – Jordan never publicly said so. When angrily asked
by another Democrat why – Jordan calmly, wisely responded:
“Republicans buy sneakers too.”
Democrats – are demonstrably dumber than is Jordan.
about that NBC deal with Chelsea Clinton – daughter of former and
wishful presidents Bill and Hillary?
Paid Chelsea Clinton $600,000 to Do Nothing, Basically
coffee mega-merchant Starbucks – recently tried accomodation-Communism
in its locations. And then immediately began
backtracking – when they saw the drug-riddled,
The raft of
anti-National Rifle Association (NRA) corporate
stupidity – has been particularly impressive.
All of these
companies – in the name of ideology – are telling half the American
people…they do not want their money.
That seems to
me to be…really very stupid.
Oh – and of
course, conversely: If you’re a non-Leftist and choose to not do
business with a Leftist – the Left will use the full force of
government…to mandate you to do so anyway. See: Christian
bakers and Christian
florists – to name but two of very many
leave the Obama-Netflix $50 million nexus behind – let us more fully
examine the Obama Administration years…and how fantastic they were for
In no small
part – because Netflix’s Sarandos and his Bahamas-ambassador
wife…weren’t the only Netflix donors. Big coin also came…from the very
CEO, a Democratic Donor, Expands Influence in D.C.: “Under the
leadership of major Democratic donor Reed Hastings, Netflix has grown
its influence in Washington, D.C., and is wielding that influence to
get its way on multiple legal issues that are central to its
With all of
that Democrat donating – Netflix was certainly looking for more than a
cushy, tropical diplomatic post. They wanted hardcore crony policy.
And the Obama Administration delivered. Again, and again, and….
recurring theme in the Obama-Netflix cronyism – was the administration
outlawing Netflix being charged for the massive bandwidth it uses. How
massive is said bandwidth use?
Bandwidth Usage Climbs to Nearly 37% of Internet Traffic at Peak
And that was
in 2015. Today’s percentage – is undoubtedly even larger.
And the Obama
Administration – was more than happy to oblige Netflix with their
massive free ride.
umbrella power grab that is the very awful Network Neutrality – Obama
delivered Netflix an all-encompassing price-fix…of zero dollars.
Always, forever – and no matter how much data Netflix uses – Netflix
means we small-time, small-bandwidth retail users…get to pay
exponentially more for our Internet service. So as to augment the
profits of Netflix and the other bandwidth hog companies – Google,
Facebook, Amazon, etc. That’s certainly fair.
Administration in 2010 – unilaterally
imposed a milder version of Net Neutrality. The DC Circuit Court
in 2014 – struck
So the Obama
Administration in 2015 – went
whole hog on Net Neutrality with a much-more-massive power grab.
(Of which, thankfully, the Trump Administration recently rid
Netflix was dedicated to getting unlimited free bandwidth.
And Obama was
dedicated to giving it to them.
Netflix was dedicated to getting Obama elected.
And now that
Obama has delivered all the cronyism his administration could muster –
he gets a $50 million crony Netflix deal.
particular, particularly-foul circle of cronyism.
pains we have left to suffer here – are the awful movies and TV shows
the Obamas will produce.
But there are
oh-so-many other awful government-cronyism circles – still working on
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