The GOP had to cancel the first day of its Republican National Convention last month due to the threat of Hurricane Isaac. With it went plans to show a Republican Party-produced video of Donald Trump sitting behind his desk The Apprentice-style and giving the business to a man playing President Obama sitting across from him. The spoof, which included clips of Obama saying things like “the private sector is fine” much to Trump’s chagrin, ends with Trump finally telling the president, “You’re fired”! The GOP eventually asked Clint Eastwood and his empty chair to help out on the final night of the convention, and the rest is history. NBC’s Today has the Trump video:
A week and a half after Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood‘s appearance at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney finally admitted he enjoyed the spectacle. “I was laughing at Clint Eastwood. Look, to have him get up and speak on my behalf was a great thrill,” Romney said Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press. A public Romney supporter, Eastwood was the surprise speaker on the final night of the GOP convention. His unconventional and unvetted address, including speaking to an empty chair intended to represent President Obama, has attracted wide criticism. But both Eastwood in an interview late last week and Romney rejected the bad press. “You don’t expect a guy like Clint Eastwood get up and, you know, read some stuff off a teleprompter like a politician”, Romney said Sunday. ”You expect him to speak from the heart and that’s exactly what he did.”
Over six days of primetime political party coverage, Fox News Channel has come out on top among the networks and its cable news rivals. In the 10-11 PM ET hour, according to Nielsen, Fox pulled in an average of 5.33 million viewers over the three nights of the Republican National Convention and the three nights of the Democratic National Convention. Fox News’ closest competitor was NBC, which garnered an average audience of 5.03 million. However, NBC’s numbers are averaged over five nights, not six. The numbers don’t include anything from Wednesday for NBC as the network aired the NFL season opener instead.
Instead of hosting lounges at the Republican and Democratic conventions, Fox News Channel has been providing free rides to delegates and other conventioneers. Advertising Age reports the network provided cab service in Charlotte and Tampa adorned with Fox News personalities.
UPDATE THURSDAY 4:55 PM: The CNN camerawoman who was pelted with peanuts by attendees at the GOP Convention in Tampa yesterday has told Journal-isms that she was not surprised by the incident and that it should serve as a wake-up call to black people. “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South. You come to places like this, you can count the black people on your hand. They see us doing things they don’t think I should do,” she said. Two people were removed from the arena yesterday after they threw peanuts at the camera operator, while saying to her, “This is how we feed the animals.”
WEDNESDAY: The Republican Party is responding to an incident yesterday in which two attendees at the GOP’s Tampa convention threw peanuts at a female African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals”. The RNC released a statement today: “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated”. Several people reportedly witnessed the exchange which was first tweeted by David Shuster and confirmed by Talking Points Memo (TPM). RNC security and police removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum. No word yet on their identities. CNN later acknowledged the incident: “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN …
Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian for saying that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann were “not concerned at all” about African Americans suffering because of Hurricane Isaac. “They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian was heard saying on an open mic over a break during an ABC News/Yahoo News webcast, referring to the fact that the Republican National Convention in Tampa is taking place as Isaac makes landfall on the north Gulf coast, Politico reported. Yahoo responded this afternoon that “David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.” Conservative media watchdog NewsBusters initially posted audio of Chalian’s remarks but identified Chalian incorrectly as an ABC employee. ABC News, where Chalian was political director until 2010, has partnered with Yahoo News for 2012 political coverage.
The Motion Picture Association of America, lead by former Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Dodd, approves of what the Republicans have to say about protecting intellectual property and internet freedom in their party platform. The GOP platform, which was formally approved last night at the party’s convention in Tampa, Florida, strongly advocates internet freedom, especially in terms of deregulation, innovation, competition. The GOP also doesn’t want to “shift control away from the successful multi-stakeholder approach of Internet governance and toward governance by international or other intergovernmental organizations.” In terms of piracy, the GOP platform states that “punitive measures will be imposed on foreign firms that misappropriate American technology and intellectual property.” Here’s what the MPAA had to say in response:
“The Republican Party platform language strikes a very smart balance: it emphasizes the importance of us doing more as a nation to protect our intellectual property from online theft while underscoring the critical importance of protecting internet freedom. As the party points out, the internet has been for its entire existence a source of innovation, and it is intellectual property that helps drive that innovation. Copyright is the cornerstone of innovation; it allows creators to benefit from what they create. As Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor – herself once a Republican elected official – wrote, ‘[I]t should not be forgotten that the Framers intended copyright itself to be the engine of free expression. By establishing a marketable right