President Obama hit the hills of Hollywood for two $36,000-a-plate fundraisers that featured Grammy-winning rock band The Foo Fighters and A-list celebrities like George Clooney and Will Ferrell a few days ago.
The events reportedly bought in over $3 million for Obama’s 2012 campaign, yet coverage of the events were ignored by some networks, or referred to merely as an “eight-stop West Coast fundraising tour” by others," according to a new report
The Media Research Center’s Culture and Media Institute (MRC) says mainstream broadcast news networks -- ABC, NBC and CBS -- usually turn a blind eye to Tinseltown’s ties to the Obama administration. The organization studied the network evening news broadcasts for the year between Feb. 1, 2011, and Feb. 1, 2012, to see how the networks covered Hollywood’s influence on politics.
Their resulting report, being released Friday, found that more than 95 percent of network stories mentioning Hollywood or actors and actresses (106 of 111) totally ignoed celebrity activism or lobbying. The report noted that just one story mentioned Hollywood’s cash value to President Obama and other Democrats.
MRC’s findings also suggested that while there is generally no shortage of network coverage regarding campaign cash and who is donating to who, the political donations from Hollywood are largely overlooked. A report by OpenSecrets.org, a comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis, found that the TV, movie and music industry gave $48.7 million in political contributions in 2008, with 78 percent of it to Democrats.
The MRC report asserts that those are numbers the networks should be interested in, but aren’t.
"Obama's gone to the Hollywood fundraising well at least five times since last fall, and the list of A-list donors to his campaign is endless," Matt Philbin, report author and managing editor at the Culture and Media Institute told Fox411.com. "We have numerous examples of his administration trying to use entertainment and the arts -- the biggest megaphone in America -- to put out its messages on healthcare and other issues. If another industry had this kind of cozy relationship with a GOP President, the networks would have their investigative reporters working full time on it."
ABC, NBC and CBS did not respond to requests for comment.