Back during World War II, Hollywood mobilized at the behest of the Roosevelt administration. The FDR administration even coordinated with Hollywood through the Bureau of Motion Pictures office of the Office of War Information, which worked alongside filmmakers to censor content and develop patriotic fare. Elmer Davis, who directed the OWI, summed up the concept nicely: “The easiest way to inject a propaganda idea into most people’s minds is to let it go through the medium of an entertainment picture when they do not realize that they are being propagandized.” From John Wayne pictures to classics like Casablanca, war pictures were churned out portraying the Nazis and Japanese as the enemy, and the Russians as American friends.
Now, Hollywood has a new enemy: doctors.
That, at least, is the takeaway from the Obama administration’s latest coordination effort with its friends and supporters in Hollywood. The Obama Health and Human Services Department has already reached out to professional sports leagues like the NFL and NBA to promote Obamacare, with mixed success. But now they’re finding even more fertile fields, right in the heartland of Tinseltown. This week, Obama top advisor Valerie Jarrett held a meeting at the White House with actors, musicians, writers and producers who “expressed a personal interest in educating young people about the Affordable Care Act.”
The White House is particularly interested in reaching out to young people because they will have to foot the bill of Obamacare. While the older generation gets to pay less for health insurance, group insurance programs will penalize the young and healthy, forcing them into more and more expensive premiums despite the fact that they need less healthcare. Who better to convince young people to endorse their financial destruction than the industry that asks them to fork over $30 for a 3D version of The Lone Ranger?
Attendees at the White House meeting reportedly included a lackey for Oprah Winfrey. Both Funny or Die and the YouTube comedy channel are interested in helping out as well. Funny or Die (die) has already begun “production on several web videos featuring well-known comedic celebrities and actors.” Because what could be more hilarious than cramming down socialized medicine that will bankrupt doctors all over the country and make it more difficult to achieve proper care? Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and YouTube’s Daniel Kellison both showed up.
Amy Poehler, the creative mind behind Parks and Recreation – a show that has taken a severe turn to the left over the last season – showed up. She hasn’t learned her lesson from Tina Fey, who has experienced both television and movie dropoff in the aftermath of her ubiquitous Sarah Palin mocking.
Singer Jennifer Hudson showed up as well, though warbling about the glories of healthcare exchanges will probably pale in comparison to Dreamgirls. So did an assistant to Alicia Keys, who performed a classic rendition of “Obama’s on Fire” at the inaugural ball, to the chagrin of music-lovers everywhere. Bon Jovi and his hair both showed up. And finally, so did former White House staffer Kal Penn, who will be informing young people not to go to White Castle, since the food is full of cholesterol.
The Grammys showed up as well. But that makes sense, since Obama has already won a Grammy for his audio books.
Hollywood is suffering financially. And it’s suffering from a lack of a moral cause, since the Supreme Court so rudely withdrew the liberal raison d’etre, gay marriage. Now Tinseltown can solve both problems at a stroke by pleasing the biggest consumer on the planet: the federal government. All it will take is a bit of wartime propaganda.
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