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The first family has been selective in its cameo appearances, reserving its star-power for networks owned by major supporters.

Barack Obama will be gracing cable TV screens Saturday night when he introduces the movie of the week—To Kill a Mockingbird—on USA Network. Gregory Peck’s family, as well as several cast members, will join Obama for the prime time introduction for the film’s 50th anniversary.

“It’s a classic movie that elucidates the need to do the right thing even when it’s hard,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. “It’s a fantastic movie … especially if you have kids.”

The appearance comes six days after Michelle Obama made a cameo appearance on NBC’s weight-loss show, The Biggest Loser.

Both channels are owned by NBC Universal, which is controlled by Comcast and General Electric. The two companies have close ties to the president and his administration.

Obama named GE chief executive Jeffrey Immelt to his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in January 2011. He enjoys an even friendlier relationship with Comcast executive vice president David Cohen, a former lobbyist.

Cohen has emerged as a prolific fundraiser for Obama in 2012, raising at least $1.2 million for the president after hosting a $10,000 per head fundraiser at his Philadelphia home. He has contributed $224,850 to liberal groups and candidates since 2007, including a $2,300 donation to Obama in 2008.

Comcast has followed suit, flooding Democrats and Obama with money since 2008, donating $2.3 million to Democrats. That is $300,000 more than it gave to Republicans.

Comcast attained 51 percent ownership of the entertainment division after merging with GE in 2011. The merger raised eyebrows, leading to a yearlong antitrust review, which was later approved by a 4-1 Federal Communications Commission vote.

Comcast reportedly spent approximately $100 million lobbying Congress while the merger was under review.

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[SNIP] When do the other candidates get equal time “hosting” on “the networks”?

» 20 Comments

  1. Frosteetoes

    April 9th, 2012

    How many other world leaders cheapen the image of their position by indulging in pop culture for props? These Obama’s are embarrassing. As a comparison, if Bush #2 was Macy’s the Obama’s are a ghetto thrift store.

    What a disgrace!

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  2. cfm990

    April 9th, 2012

    As far as i know, I don’t own a GE product. The greedy bastards @ Comcast, were told to phuck off two years ago. I’m going to tell them all to phuck off, come November.

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  3. grayscape

    April 9th, 2012

    Why is the RACIST prezdint introducing an anti-racist movie?

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  4. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    April 9th, 2012

    Grayscape, I wondered the same thing

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  5. the aardvark

    April 9th, 2012

    Will Robert Duvall be there as a member of the cast of To Kill A Mockingbird? Somehow I don’t think so.

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  6. Buffalobob

    April 9th, 2012

    Mooshell will be on the TV show “The Biggest losers”. A perfect description.

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  7. Anonymous

    April 9th, 2012

    WTH is she wearing? Are those milk droplets? No, no, and no. No droplets across your breasts? Really? Just sayin. No.

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  8. Dan Ryan Galt

    April 9th, 2012

    Thanks for the reminder and update. I’ll be sure not to watch.

    I think I have to lance a boil that evening anyway.

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  9. TooMuchTime

    April 9th, 2012

    The appearance comes six days after Michelle Obama made a cameo appearance on NBC’s…The Biggest Loser.

    NBC did a documentary on her husband?

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  10. ChiefIlliniCake

    April 9th, 2012

    I look forward to years and years of bitter spite, recrimination, and sinking into madness on both their parts…starting in early November.

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  11. Night Train

    April 9th, 2012

    And the over-exposure of America’s first American Idol president continues.

    What show WON’T they shill for?

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  12. Nice Deb

    April 9th, 2012

    Well, that does it for me. I might have been interested in watching the movie, but not with his disgusting taint all over it.

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  13. reddecaesari

    April 9th, 2012

    usa network used to be cartoons only.
    how fitting for these two clowns.

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  14. eternal cracker p

    April 9th, 2012

    laugh it up, you brick house. bitch.

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  15. Bad Brad

    April 10th, 2012

    Nice Deb, If you haven’t seen it before it’s an awesome movie. Robert Duval’s first I believe. Don’t let the rat bastard couple ruin it for you, or better yet rent it.

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  16. Melody

    April 10th, 2012

    USA Network is off my list of channels to watch. I loathe both Obumbles presently taking up space in the White House.

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  17. Drackxman

    April 10th, 2012

    Barry has never seen and maybe never heard of To Kill a Mockingbird. Dude grew up in Indonesia for the crying out loud….
    That’s about the best the Wookie has looked. Must be computer enhanced.

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  18. Noelegy

    April 10th, 2012

    “The first family has been selective in its cameo appearances…”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Excuse me, I do believe I have done fell out laughing over that one.

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  19. Nunya

    April 10th, 2012

    Meh, who needs any of them? I’ve got the flick on DVD and I recently dumped my GE stock

    Shhhhh! Y’all don’t tell him: Barack thinks that To Kill a Mockingbird is a Mammoth-Moore/Greenpricks “documentary” on the eeeeeeeeeeevils of guns and hunting

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  20. scr_north

    April 10th, 2012

    I was so massively wrong about ComCast being somwhat conservative and interested more in making money than in politics. It will be interesting to see what happens when the GOP takes the Senate, increases it’s hold on Congress and takes the Presidency. Will ComCast come sidling up to the GOP and will we see a change in programming direction at NBC? I hope so.

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