Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Armstrong Cable To Air Anti-Obama Film for Free

The Republicans continue to use every underhanded means at their disposal to garner votes for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. They seem to think that they can buy the election with their money and positions of power. In addition to the scandalous voter suppression efforts of Republican legislators, Romney supporters are telling their employees how to vote and threatening them to make campaign donations to their candidate.  No lie is to audacious for the candidate and his minions to tell and re-writing his past positions on issues occurs on a daily basis. Here's the latest effort to influence voters in swing states as reported in the Grio:

2016: Obama’s America, the controversial and undeniably conservative documentary which aims to link the president with radical international politics, will be broadcast for free in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to Think Progress.

Although the film, spearheaded by embattled right winger Dinesh D’Souza, performed well at the box office, it received scathing reviews and was largely debunked by fact-checkers.
The Washington Post reported that the film’s message amounts to “Obama hates America” and called it “fear-mongering of the worst kind.”

The cable provider which is airing the film is Armstrong Cable, whose Chairmen of the Board has donated thousands of dollars to Mitt Romney’s campaign for the presidency.

“This is the first time the cable provider has offered such a deal for a recently released feature film,” an Armstrong executive boasted in an interview with the Pittsburgh City Paper. Think Progress reports that, “Armstrong cable is available in over 50 cities and towns in 10 Ohio counties.”

D’Souza is a former policy analyst under President Ronald Reagan and a prolific author known most recently for his critical works on Obama. His film was condemned by many critics, including Newsday’s Rafer Guzman, who called it an “attempt at character assassination.” Still, it has become one of the most successful political documentaries ever released, grossing more than $32 million to date.

DiSouza recently resigned from his position at King's College in the midst of scandal. Members of the King’s faculty and board alike had grown unhappy with D’Souza’s presidency over what they saw as a failure to earn his salary. D’Souza has spent much of the past few months promoting his documentary, 2016: Obama’s America, and his high profile in the media was seen as rarely benefitting the college. It may even have been seen as a detriment: According to a former staffer familiar with the college’s public relations, King’s employees have been explicitly tasked with disentangling D’Souza’s extracurricular activities from the college’s reputation. D’Souza became a non-presence on the college’s official Facebook page throughout 2012, which staffers say was no coincidence.

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