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“Hollywood, America and Election ’08” Caucus Gets a Little Raucus

All your bases are belong to us

Hollywood basked in its own heat yesterday at the bi-partisan "Hollywood, America and Election ’08" caucus, where media figures debated their relative importance to the country and the election.

Pollster Frank Luntz, a regular guest on the Fox News, said that one of the many reasons the Democrats have been more effective with their message is because, while Republicans dominate talk radio, Democrats have begun dominate online, sheepishly admitting:

I’d rather have the internet

MSNBC and Keith Obermann caught a lot of flak for their  liberal coverage, but as Luntz pointed out the electorate- whether tuning into MSNBC, Fox News or CNN–chooses to watch news programs not for information but to confirm already-held beliefs. Scary.

Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat, said MSNBC is "completely out of control," adding that she would prefer a lunch date with right-leaning Fox News star Sean Hannity over left-leaning MSNBC star Keith Olbermann.

No one confessed they wanted to have lunch with Bill O’Reilly, not even actress Patricia Heaton who says she politely reminds people that she’s a Republican when those around her belittle John McCain or Palin.  

The belittling of Palin was an issue brought up by Bloodworth-Thomason who felt the media "should stop the demonizing" Plain’s small town roots and her supporters. She said that Democrats have been worse than Republicans as far as personal attacks on candidates are concerned. 

It diminishes us.

Stressing that it’s Palin’s small-town American roots she wishes to defend and not her politics or policies, Bloodworth-Thomason–who produced Designing Women, the hit sitcom which protrayed Southern women as smart and sassy rather than purely syrupy–even pitched that a defense of Palin and her supporters that could be written into TV programming. 

Wait, we’ve already had Northern Exposure, Alex P. Keaton, and All in the Family.

Actor Beau Bridges had the best idea. He bemoaned that there is "too much entertainment" in elections nowadays, then offered this suggestion for the candidates and media:

Just put ’em in a room–like we are now–and let ’em talk about the issues.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.