It's called "branded entertainment" in the media business, and in that business it's currently all the rage.
If you remember the BMW films that were made, and shown on the Web on the BMW website, well that was one of the classic examples that started this trend. These were little action films with big-name directors and stars, and big budgets, in which all the cool car chases featured BMW cars. Innocent enough you might think?
Well now "branded entertainment" is moving into local "news" programming.
The Hollywood Reporter today (Thursday March 16) tells how local television stations are starting to whore themselves out, to "integrate" products into "news" programming. For money.
"There are more local news stations that are incorporating brands into news in innovative, cutting-edge ways," says Aaron Gordon, president of entertainment marketing firm Set Resources Inc. "The line, which has always been black and white in terms of what 's news and what's commercials, is now being blurred".
Great news for America! More after the fold.
To those Democrats who don't support censuring the so-called President:
You will not be forgiven. Ever.
Bush and his cronies are domestic enemies of the United States. They have been mooning their naked asses at the Constitution, and at all of us, for years now. They have made fools out of you, and victims out of us.
You took an oath to defend the constitution, and to defend this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
If you fail to fight, you do not deserve to be an American, and you certainly do not deserve to be an elected representative of the people of this country.
Above is a link to a BBC interview with Leftenant Commander Sean Kelly of the U.S. Northern Command.
This was just a few days after Katrina hit.
A few of us saw it, and it was diaried here, but in the media frenzy it didn't get the attention it deserved. Not only that but Bushco quickly started their distraction routine by pointing fingers at everyone but them (accusing them of pointing fingers no less).
In this clip, Sean Kelly says the most damning thing I've yet heard regarding Bush, and Katrina. It is, I believe, testimony to the fact that Bush, as commander in chief, was derelict in his duties, and the result was that countless people died.
What happens in the military when someone is "derelict of duty" and the result is the wrong people DIE?
I've transcribed it below the fold:
I'll come right out and say it: I hated "Crash".
I thought it was contrived, dishonest, and "Art" with a capital "A" (that means pretentious).
But that aside, I found it to be a lie. A lie about the city in which I live. A lie about Los Angeles.
I guess nobody told the Pentagon that America and Britain were pulling out all forces by 2007:
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military in Iraq said on Sunday media reports that America and Britain planned to pull all troops out of Iraq by spring 2007 were "completely false," reiterating that there was no timetable for withdrawal.
And what about those 14 permanent bases we're building that nobody seems to want to talk about?
When is our Congress gonna get off its collective fat ass and do something about the fact that this asshat of a president is a MENACE TO PUBLIC SAFETY, and that this is now absolutely inarguable, and it doesn't matter if he's a fucking republican, Democrat, or ANYTHING, the videos re: Katrina show that he is a DANGER to the country ....
Thus WHY THE F*&K is he still in power? Why the F*&K aren't you impeaching him, convicting him, and sending him off to a nice locked place where he can't hurt anybody else?
Why the F*&K isn't anybody doing anything about this?
How many more people are gonna DIE because this psychopathic imbecile is at the wheel?
When the F*&K are you elected representatives, people who have f*&king SWORN to defend our country and our constitution gonna do your goddamn JOBS and deal with domestic enemies like the Bush administration?
I don't know how many have noticed this, but we've got a big festering problem here at DailyKos regarding BBV's Bev Harris.
She began posting here a few days ago, and in fact she posted the same information that is in a recommended diary right now.
Her diary turned into a hijacked, nasty, and childish war about the qualities of Bev Harris herself.
Those who supported Bev's right to post information on DailyKos were accused of being "in love" with her. And were downrated.
Those who were doing the downrating were giving each other 4's for every comment they made.
It was childish, rude, ugly, and completely threw the baby out with the bathwater as far as the information that Bev Harris was actually posting.
So ....... what are we gonna do on DailyKos about Bev Harris?
So George Bush, with this UAE port deal, has thrown the Democrats a interception.
We've caught the ball, we're standing there realizing that there's nobody between us and the goal line ....
And it's an election year.
And people on DailyKos are COMPLAINING.
Listen, folks, anybody who doesn't see the political opportunity here, anyone who does NOT understand the political reality of the situation, anyone who wants to do a bunch of hang-wringing over this rather than RUN WITH THE BALL is, frankly, a fool.
The BBC is reporting "uncomfortable details" regarding the "enemy combatant" prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.
Do any of us know how these prisoners arrived there?
Turns out only 5% of them were captured by Americans. Most of the others were turned in by people responding to flyers handed out by Americans, some of which read:
"Get wealth and power beyond your dreams... You can receive millions of dollars helping the anti-Taleban forces catch al-Qaeda and Taleban murderers.
"This is enough money to take care of your family, your village, your tribe for the rest of your life."
And it turns out that 92% of the 517 Guantanamo detainees had not been al-Qaeda fighters.
Of these, 40% have no clear connection with al-Qaeda, and 18% have no connection with either al-Qaeda or the Taleban.
In total, 60% are there because they have been accused of being associated with a group which the US government regards as a terrorist organisation.
Who accused them? Apparently, the bounty hunters who turned them in.
Gee, how about this headline from the WP:
SPYING NECESSARY, DEMOCRATS SAY
But Harman, Daschle Question President's Legal Reach
By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 13, 2006; Page A03
Two key Democrats yesterday called the NSA domestic surveillance program necessary for fighting terrorism but questioned whether President Bush had the legal authority to order it done without getting congressional approval.
Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.) said Republicans are trying to create a political issue over Democrats' concern on the constitutional questions raised by the spying program.
Questions? There aren't any questions. Except to ask why the Washington Post is making Fox News look like The Nation.
Wow. I just stumbled across this and it blew my mind:
by Jeremy Scahill
While Cindy Sheehan was being dragged from the House gallery moments before President Bush delivered his State of the Union address for wearing a t-shirt honoring her son and the other 2,244 US soldiers killed in Iraq, Turki al-Faisal was settling into his seat inside the gallery. Faisal, a Saudi, is a man who has met Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants on at least five occasions, describing the al Qaeda leader as "quite a pleasant man." He met multiple times with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. Yet, unlike Sheehan, al-Faisal was a welcomed guest of President Bush on Tuesday night. He is also a man that the families of more than 600 victims of the 9/11 attacks believe was connected to their loved ones' deaths.
"There is a name for a system of government that wages aggressive war, deceives its citizens, violates their rights, abuses power and breaks the law, rejects judicial and legislative checks on itself, claims power without limit, tortures prisoners and acts in secret. It is dictatorship."
-- The Nation, Jan. 9, 2006
So today our little dictator George Bush decided to cry "Wolf" in the most retroactive fashion possible in an attempt to scare the "house-is-burning" blinders back onto the American populance.
Bush would find it very satisfying that his bleating over this "terrorist plot" overshadowed this story:
Terror risk from WMD exaggerated, experts say:
But that's actually the good news. The rest of the news might make you want to kill yourself. But now they won't even let you do that.