Politico.com reports that a veteran “right-wing provocateur” named David N. Bossie (pictured) has a movie coming out attacking Barack Obama. It’s called “HYPE – The Obama Effect.”
It’ll be shown in a few movie theaters in September. The DVD will be sold online, and is already being advertised on Fox News.
A 4½-minute trailer is up on YouTube. It’s embedded below.
What strikes me about the trailer – apart from its low-budget, cut-and- paste feel – is the high visibility accorded to black conservatives.
Evidently Joe Watkins, Armstrong Williams, Ken Blackwell and Shelby Steele are in there to give non-Negroes “permission” to vote against Obama without the taint of racism.
Believe it or not, I’m cool with this.
It had struck me already, whilst consuming tons of cable-news analysis this election cycle, that black Americans are pretty well integrated into the political and media mainstreams.
We’ve got all the ideological bases covered. From Roland Martin, Jamal Simmons and Donna Brazile on the left... to Harold Ford, Juan Williams and Michelle Bernard in the center... to Amy Holmes, Tara Wall and Ron Christie on the right.
Plus respected newspapermen such as Clarence Page, Eugene Robinson and Bob Herbert getting lots of face time.
Was there anything close to this many black commentators on TV during the 2004 presidential campaign?