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‘Dolphin Tale’ Producer Says About Morgan Freeman’s Anti-Tea Party Remarks: “I Do Not Believe It Affected Even One Dollar!”

Between now and the 2012 presidential election, Hollywood filmmakers will be put under even more scrutiny for every political statement they make. The latest twist is whether the movie moguls think politically outspoken actors shouldn’t be cast because 50% of the country who disagree with their views won’t turn out at the box office to see their pics. The latest case study is Morgan Freeman who on Friday went on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and denied he’d provided narration for a Tea Party-supported Republican candidate’s attack ad last November. Then the Oscar winner blasted the Tea Party, calling their aggressive ambitions “racist” for their opposition to President Barack Obama. ”Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” Freeman said. “What underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we can to get this black man outta here.’” Freeman claimed the Tea Party agenda ”just shows the weak, dark, underside of America” and added, “We’re supposed to be better than that.” The timing couldn’t have been worse for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros and their Dolphin Tale starring Freeman. Immediately, the Internet filled with media chatter that Freeman’s statements would hurt Dolphin Tale at the box office this weekend because it featured him prominently in the movie trailer and TV ads aimed at the American heartland. So this morning I asked Alcon Entertainment co-founder Andrew Kosove whether he thought the Freeman ruckus had hurt the pic this weekend. (Kosove … Read More »

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Study: Tea Party Supporters Followed Debt Ceiling News Most Closely, And Acted On It

By | Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 10:03am PDT

The Pew Research Center for People and the Press offers a clue today into why the battle in Washington to raise the debt ceiling ended up with a deficit-reduction deal that would just cut spending with no increase in taxes. Those who wanted budget cuts paid the most attention. In the last week in July, the story accounted for 47% of the news coverage in newspapers, TV, radio and the Internet; that was appropriate at a time when 41% of all adults considered it the most riveting development according to Pew’s weekly survey of public interest in the news. But if you look more closely, you’ll find that 66% of Republicans and supporters of the Tea Party closely tracked the budget negotiations vs 34% of those who held different views or had no opinion. What’s more, about 20% of the Tea Party supporters contacted an elected official. Only 5% of those who disagreed with the group did so. Interestingly, young people — who had the most at stake in the debate — were least motivated to try to influence the outcome. Only 19% of adults between 18 and 29 followed the story closely and 1% contacted an elected official. By contrast, about 54% of people over 50 kept up with the budget debate with 16% contacting an official. Pew’s findings come from a telephone poll of about 1,000 adults (including both landline and cell customers) and has a margin of error of plus or minus … Read More »

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