Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Obliging Obama...

"Political donations by News Corp., its employees and their families were evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with President Obama the all-time leading recipient"...[Link] And top recipients of News Corp.'s political action committee in 2009-10 elections were the Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Howard Berman - both California Democrats - and Sen. Charles Schumer (Democrat-N.Y.)...OK, BHO is POTUS so you'd expect it (no?) but it certainly doesn't fit the lefty meme. (hat-tip David Preiser at BBBC)

In other money spending news - this time in the UK - since coming to power the Coalition have cut by 90% advertising in the News International titles (Labour spent 7 million a year between 2005 and 2010 (no, they still kept spending all through the 'credit crunch'); Stephen Williams said:
"Despite the dire state of public finances, the Labour Government continued to spend millions with the Murdoch tabloids."

"This confirms the impression that the last Government was obsessed with spin and prepared to use taxpayers' money to push its agenda with a bloated advertising budget."
Obama update: news you won't see on the BBC.

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Paul said...

Those Obama figures look strangely familiar (strokey beard moment). As Dolly Parton says, "If you want the rainbow you gotta have the rain."

Seems strange that despite evidence to the contrary that Labour still believed that the written media was the way forward - I suppose that's because of the rules concerning open advertising on TV except in the period before elections.

Span Ows said...

I have no doubt they are familiar and also no doubt they would be much the same (but not as bad) without Obama.

Not sure Labour still believed it was the way forward, just wanted Rupert on board as long as possible! Dread to think what the total (inc TV) spend was.