If, as O'Reilly says, the Hollywood Left can reach the disaffected, spoiled children who have been trained to expect hand outs we may be in serious trouble next election. Now more than ever, it's important to vote. Children (and they are targeting children) who don't know any more than what they see on TV are prime for this kind of campaign.
December 8, 2003
Bill O'Reilly: Celebrities have riches, limelight, and so could hurt Bush campaign
BY BILL O'REILLY
You may have heard that some Hollywood types are organizing to unseat President Bush next year. So what, you say. What can these people really do?
Well, No. 1, they've got money. Far-left billionaire George Soros has pledged $10 million to a group called "America Coming Together," which is recruiting celebrities like Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner and Mike Farrell to spread the anti-Bush word.
But money is not really the issue here; access is. Here's what's going on. Right now, only about half of the voting-age population in America actually votes. And for Americans under the age of 30, the percentage is far less than that. The anti-Bush forces believe that if they can reach young Americans, they can boot the president out. But the only way to connect with many of those people is through entertainment vehicles. And that's where the celebrities come in.
Increasingly, singers like Bruce Springsteen and the Dixie Chicks, to name just four, are using their venues to talk up liberal politics. So are other performers, including Sean Penn, George Clooney and Susan Sarandon. While promoting their films, they drop anti-Bush grenades that millions of people hear. The message is getting stronger and louder: Bush is a menace.
This strategy will become even more organized and intense in the coming campaign year. The danger for Republicans is that only the anti-Bush side will be heard, as many entertainment venues do not actively seek political balance. Let's take a look at the landscape.