According to the Associated Press, Ohio’s three largest newspapers, the Columbus Dispatch, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer—as well as the Palm Beach Post in Florida, and Nevada’s Las Vegas Review-Journal—are being delivered with a free DVD insert. Remember the days when AOL CDs were in everything from your paper to your mailbox to your breakfast cereal?
“Hype: The Obama Effect” is a 95-minute piece of propaganda produced by Citizens United, a Washington-based advocacy group. Their Web site claims they are “Dedicated to restoring our government to citizen control,” and they appear to be prolific documentary filmmakers. Some titles include “We Have the Power,” hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich; “Blocking: The Path to 9/11” (which won an award at the San Fernando Valley Film Festival); and “Hillary: The Movie,” which was the subject of a Supreme Court decision earlier this year when Citizens United wanted to promote the film without disclosing that it was a hatchet job funded by enemies of the Senator. They lost, meaning that if they wanted to promote the movie they would have to indicate their sponsorship of it and list their political donors. The judges disagreed with Citizens United lawyers who likened the film to the PBS series “Nova,” or “60 Minutes.” It wound up playing at nine theaters.
But there’s good news for all you whackos who see this as a violation of your rights as an American to view paranoid rants by right-wing pundits. For only $35.95, you can rush-order a copy of “Hype: The Obama Effect” for your own viewing pleasure. Consider it the price you must pay to Citizens United, who only offer the trailer for free—unless you happen to live in hotly contested areas of Ohio, Florida, or Nevada—where you can get a copy of the entire movie at no additional cost, with your daily paper. Your contribution will help offset the $1 million the group is spending to give away 1.25 million copies of the DVD in those targeted areas.
But even if you act now, there’s no way you’ll receive your copy before Obama airs a half-hour message on NBC, CBS, and Fox tonight at 8pm. Fox asked for, and was granted permission from Major League Baseball to delay game six of the World Series tonight by eighteen minutes so they could sell the time to Obama.
That’s the kind of clout a candidate has when he shatters all previous records for private campaign contributions.