That Kimmel-Schumer tag team is nothing new in modern Hollywood circles.
Jimmy Kimmel is just your average dad … with a direct line to Sen. Chuck Schumer.
The host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” spent much of last week savaging the GOP’s plan to replace the deeply flawed ObamaCare legislation.
The press cheered as Kimmel leveraged vulgar gags against the GOP, parroting his every phrase with nary a fact check in sight.
It was all about a father trying to ensure his country had the very best health care possible, Kimmel explained, taking his clown nose off. Meanwhile, Sen. Schumer helped shape his talking points, per The Daily Beast.
He also was in touch with the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) who, according to a source familiar with their conversations, “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of [Graham-Cassidy].”
Imagine the press’ response had Kimmel colluded with Sen. Linsday Graham’s office to shape his monologue.
That’s a rhetorical question.
The Kimmel-Schumer connection isn’t unusual in Hollywood these days. The industry routinely works hand in hand with the Democrats to craft messages, embed talking points in their product and pray they change some hearts and/or minds in the process.
This goes beyond what we’ve seen in previous election cycles where celebrities like Bruce Springsteen turn their tours into campaign fundraisers. There’s likely some contact between the singers and the DNC in those instances.
We’re talking about direct conversations here, meetings to push a very specific theme.
Everytown, Hollywood’s Newest Script Doctor
The pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety is spearheaded by Michael Bloomberg. The former NYC mayor got that gig as a Republican but quickly shed his GOP skin. He’s a Democrat at heart, one who worships at the altar of Big Government … and modestly sized Cokes.
His pet gun project doesn’t just have Hollywood’s ear on the Second Amendment. It actively sculpts screenplays to impact what we see and stream.
Everytown collaborated with House of Cards to get a storyline about Claire Underwood’s gun control efforts into the show’s fourth season while the Brady Campaign consulted on an episode of The Good Wife that tackled similar issues.
“Gun safety has never had more allies in the creative community than it does right now,” Jason Rzepka, the director of Cultural Engagement at Everytown for Gun Safety told The Daily Beast by email.
The group’s “Creative Council” includes stars like Julianne Moore, J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow and Jennifer Lawrence.
Franken, ‘SNL’ Tag Team Against McCain
Sen. John McCain is a war hero who saved the country from the GOP’s ObamaCare overhaul, according to the modern Left circa September 2017.
Back in 2008, McCain represented the GOP against Sen. Barack Obama. So “Saturday Night Live,” a show that pretends to be fair and balanced, allowed a former scribe to shred McCain during the heat of the Presidential campaign.
“SNL” alum Al Franken was running his own campaign at the time for the Senate. But the erstwhile Stuart Smalley squeezed in a few moments to inspire a cold open mocking McCain. “SNL” writer Seth Meyers penned the finished piece based on Franken’s concept.
A Franken spokesperson initially denied the report but later admitted the future Senator had, indeed, helped out his old colleagues.
Even left-leaning Politico couldn’t hide the obvious:
But word that the network’s signature comedy show has allowed a liberal Democrat Senate candidate to shape content mocking the Republican presidential nominee may fuel sentiment that the network is sympathetic to the left.
Cronkite-Like Stewart Huddles with Obama
Jon Stewart was the satirical voice of his generation, a truth teller who stood up to the powerful and held them accountable.
Stewart was like every other late night liberal, beholden to the Democrats and eager to use shifty editing tricks to trip up the GOP. That was never more obvious then when Stewart visited the White House – twice.
The first time came in 2011 when Obama sought help with a messy budget fight. The second? The president needed his court jester to support this “strong” message to Russia regarding military action in Ukraine.
ObamaCare SOS? Call in Captain ‘Fern’
What do you do when your signature health care initiative is a flop? Send in the clown … Zach Galifianakis.
The “Hangover” star “invited” Obama onto his fictional “Between Two Ferns” talk show to chat about health care. What are the odds that subject would come up?
Try 100 percent.
Funny or Die, the company behind the video, already had deep ties to the Obama administration. The liberal yuksters had cut videos promoting ObamaCare’s rollout, ignoring the disastrous web site malfunctions that we paid for.
So when Obama needed more young people to sign up, his team knew who could help. And Funny or Die was ready, sharing the idea for the talk show chat with Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.
The propaganda worked, too.
It was all in service of mobilizing people in the final weeks before the Affordable Care Act’s March 31 deadline—and the video did just that. It amassed 10 million views in its first day, with 70 percent of viewers watching the entire clip …. Funny or Die quickly became the top referrer to healthcare.gov.
Lena Loses It to Obama
The Obama Administration couldn’t bring peace to the Middle East, solve the immigration crisis in Syria or pass health care reform without lies and bribes. But boy did it know how to work its Hollywood connections.
Case in point: Teaming with “Girls” star Lena Dunham for the “first time” voting video back in 2012. The concept? Make your “first time” voting one to remember – choose President Obama!
It hardly mattered that Dunham opted not to use her “first time” to vote for John Kerry. She was eligible to vote in 2004 but apparently didn’t, according to The Washington Post.
Dunham’s efforts did spark this snarky, on-target parody.