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Ex-democrat threatens his former Senate colleague

"Don't take us for granted."

That was the message the former Democrat Senator from Connecticut Chris Dodd sent his old Senate colleague -- and now President -- Barack Obama on Thursday in an exclusive Fox News interview.  

I. MPAA Threatens SOPA opposers

But Mr. Dodd, now CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, didn't stop there.  He went on to threaten his former Congressional colleagues -- both Republican and Democrat -- who together formed the bipartisan resistance that sunk the House's "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) (H.R. 3261) and Senate's "PROTECT IP Act" (PIPA) (S.968).

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U.S. President Barack Obama [Image Source: SFGate]

He comments, "Candidly, those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake.  Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake."

Despite seeing record profits, driven by a 35 percent rise in Blu Ray movie sales Chris Dodd and the MPAA insist that the movie industry is in dire trouble due to piracy.  He points to Avatar being stolen 21 million times as one example of piracy's decimating blow to the movie industry.  Of course he purposefully fails to note that Avatar made almost $3B USD at the box office worldwide.

He does his best to argue for Orwellian laws like SOPA, by trying to recharacterize the issue as a matter of little guys getting exploited, "You can complain and say, well, actors make a lot of money and they don't have to worry about this.  You tell that to that camera guy, you tell that to that makeup artist, you tell that to that truck driver out there who made, makes a living because they work in this industry."

Chris Dodd
MPAA's corpulent CEO Chris Dodd
[Image Source: Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom]

Chris Dodd ran against President Obama in 2008, but lost.  Afterwards he turned to a new career in lobbying, quickly securing his high-paying job as MPAA chief.

II. Editorial Take: Bribery is the Staus Quo in D.C. Today

A CEO threatening the U.S. President and Congress is a pretty bold move, and it is indicative of the sordid web of bribery that Washington D.C. has found itself in.  These days it's hard to get anything done at the federal level without a heavy lubricating layer of lobbyists bribes.

The big Hollywood CEO picks an inopportune time to attack President Obama, given that  members of Hollywood's elite -- top actors and companies -- have already given him $4.1M USD -- more than the $3.7M USD they gave to his campaign in 2008.  And the decision by the administration to break its silence and side with tech firms like Google Inc. (GOOG) in opposing SOPA, is expected to draw more lobbyist bribes from these top tech firms.

The conflict between Google, et al. and the MPAA, et al. in lobbyist dollars is illustrative of the unseemingly current nature of federal politics.  Today corporations and special interest groups essentially "own" pieces of the federal government.  

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These days it's hard to get anything done in D.C. without a bribe. [Image Source: i-Sight]

When their interests are independent or in line with each other they see their desired goals -- like millions in tax breaks -- easily passed, hidden as line item additions to bloated pieces of legislation.  But when their interests run counter to each other, they're forced to wage a war of bribes.

At the same time the U.S. people and small business owners are largely left out of the process, while there relatively high tax burden is funneled towards companies that have "bribed the best" on the Hill.  A recent study by the University of Kansas School of Business reveals that for ever $1 USD spent in lobbyist contributions, a corporation receives $222 USD in tax breaks.  The bill for those tax breaks is inevitably passed to the usual suspect -- the American taxpayer.

Sources: Fox News, NPR [$1 lobbyist = $222 tax breaks]

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Dodd Petition
By leadpoop on 1/22/2012 5:00:05 PM , Rating: 5

Here is a petition at the white house web site to have Dodd investigated.

RE: Dodd Petition
By Reclaimer77 on 1/22/2012 7:58:24 PM , Rating: 3
I love that "Faux" News got him to publicly state, in such vivid detail, what essentially amounts to bribing a Government official. Not just any official, but the President himself! Sure it goes on all the time, but most people aren't stupid enough to lay it out on national TV.

RE: Dodd Petition
By FITCamaro on 1/23/2012 7:28:21 AM , Rating: 2
Jee is that the same Fox News that the Obama administration tried to bar from press conferences and essentially shut down?

And Democrats and liberals can say whatever they want since the media is 90% on their side. Doesn't matter if its an admission of guilt, blatantly untrue, or racist.

RE: Dodd Petition
By Hollif50 on 1/23/2012 7:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
President Obama is the president. Myself, I sure wouldn't want to invite those A**holes from Fox News to my press conference either. I watch 4-5 different news channels and follow 8-9 different print news organizations. They all pretty much report the same things; except Fox News. They appear to be in some alternate far-right universe. Fair and balanced my A**...

RE: Dodd Petition
By Ringold on 1/23/2012 9:09:44 AM , Rating: 2
I was listening to an interview with a lifelong Democrat and, I think, Jimmy Carter's campaign manager. Interesting interview in that he represents the old-school wing of the party that thinks Obama's been captured by extreme environmentalist groups to the detriment of the average Joe worker that once was the parties focus. But his other comment I liked was that back in his day a Democrat had to campaign on an even footing, whereas today the media is a full-blooded extension of the party. With the exception of Fox News and other, smaller outfits, like the WSJ.

On the one hand, it's good that people admit the state of affairs. On the other, it takes away any hope of innocence, as now there's no denying that our media now is just as biased as some third world countries we read about.

RE: Dodd Petition
By ClownPuncher on 1/23/2012 2:52:45 PM , Rating: 2
Obama is a politician with loose party ties and not much consistency. None of the media outlets are fair and balanced anymore, because sensationalism and spin is what sells. The good news is that it seems the public is waking up a bit and realizing this, as evidenced by petitions against these obviously ridiculous bills.

RE: Dodd Petition
By jimbojimbo on 1/23/2012 11:31:37 AM , Rating: 2
So you think they should be allowed to invite only those people that report on them favorably? Isn't that pretty much censorship of the media?

RE: Dodd Petition
By Reclaimer77 on 1/23/2012 11:58:55 AM , Rating: 2
President Obama is the president. Myself, I sure wouldn't want to invite those A**holes from Fox News to my press conference either.

Ah I guess I missed the fine print in the First Amendment: The right to a free press, as long as they like you.

I watch 4-5 different news channels and follow 8-9 different print news organizations. They all pretty much report the same things; except Fox News.

Because they're all Liberal lol. Did you have a point?

RE: Dodd Petition
By FITCamaro on 1/23/2012 1:16:04 PM , Rating: 3
Yes because CNN, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC are just so unbiased in the opposite direction.

Please. Look at something like John Edwards cheating on his wife in the 2008 election. It wasn't even reported on by the rest of the media until Fox was playing recorded audio of Edwards threatening the woman he impregnated over the phone. There have also been numerous stories in the news over just the past few months that I have been unable to find any mention of on news sites other than Fox.

Is Fox biased? Yes. But so are all the other stations, just in the opposite direction. They're the only ones though that haven't called me an ignorant, inbred racist for believing in limited government.

RE: Dodd Petition
By Reclaimer77 on 1/23/2012 1:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Or even better, when it comes time for news networks to announce which candidate they support, look what party they endorse EVERY SINGLE time.

And that's NOT going to effect how they report the news? Please, come on.

RE: Dodd Petition
By michael67 on 1/23/2012 5:33:34 PM , Rating: 2
Thank god i don't live in the US when it come to my news.

There is something to say for good independent public television, I lived in 3 country's (Holland, German & Norway) in Europe and all have there own public television, and they all give more or less unbiased news just like the BBC.

Also our politicians, get funded by the state and are not depended on "gifts" from the public sector, they get some but they go strait in to the party account.

What i don't get is why lobbyist are demanded to be on the record all the time when they are lobbying, and make it a criminal offense if they don't record there conversation and make it public.

I think it has to benefits:
1. it properly keep politicians and lobbyist more on there tows.
2. lobbyist lie all the time or at least exaggerate there stories, so people can check and correct there lie's *kuch* mistakes.

Because from here it looks like the political system is way more broke then ours.

"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton

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