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Obama Runs Potty-Mouth Press Conference

Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009 03:13 PM

By James Hirsen

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Obama Joker-Poster Prosecution
2. Obama Runs Potty-Mouth Press Conference
3. Tarantino's Inglorious History lesson
4. Kourtney Kardashian Takes a Stand Against Abortion
5. Murder-Suicide Case Shakes Reality-Show Industry

1. Obama Joker-Poster Prosecution

Outside the walls of soundstages where TV shows and movies are made, the Hollywood community was recently taken aback by posters that depicted President Obama as the Heath Ledger Joker character in the movie “The Dark Knight.”

Now a Florida prosecutor is looking into possible felony charges in connection with the altered images.

Obama is presented in the posters as the Batman villain, and the word “socialism” is printed above and below the president's face as he is shown wearing the same eerie makeup Ledger did.

An unidentified teen is alleged to have glued “dozens” of the posters to city light poles, public buildings, bridge overpasses, road signs, and a mailbox.

In an apparent attempt to avoid sticky First Amendment issues, the potential charge is felony vandalism, which could land the teenager in jail for up to five years.

Curiously, we’ve heard nothing from the mainstream media about who it was that created the Joker poster in the first place.

That’s because the poster artist is a liberal Palestinian.

Hard to believe there’s no news value in that.


2. Obama Runs Potty-Mouth Press Conference

When politicians start losing ground, their real opinions tend to leak out.

President Obama recently told the assembled media that in August “everybody in Washington gets all wee wee'd up.”

Remember how the left made a big deal about George Bush's malaprops to further their premise that he didn’t rise to their intellectual levels, not to mention the criticism the former president had to endure for supposedly taking too many vacations?

But rather than taking Obama to task for his condescending language, reporters were twisting themselves into pretzels trying to “figure out” what he meant by the phrase.

In a similar vein, the prez's Hollywood fans were scratching their heads wondering if the expression had some profound meaning or deep symbolism to it.

Was he was referring to the 1938 Three Stooges short, titled "Wee Wee Monsieur?” Or could he have been thinking about the 1998 "South Park" episode, "Ike's Wee Wee"?

Always prepared to fall on the sword for his boss, Robert Gibbs claimed that “wee wee'd up” is a phrase he himself uses. The White House press secretary then went on to explain the meaning of the term in “a way that’s family friendly.”

“I think ‘wee wee’d up’ is when people get all nervous for no particular reason . . . Bedwetting would probably be the more consumer-friendly term for it,” Gibbs goo-gooed.

Hold on a minute. Gibbs was attempting to clarify things for the president by saying that critics of the healthcare plan have incontinence problems?

They’re going to need more than a box of baby wipes to get themselves out of this one.


3. Tarantino's Inglorious History lesson

On the heels of this weekend’s No. 1 movie, Quentin Tarantino's celluloid re-imagining of World War II events titled “Inglourious Basterds,” comes a study about films and recall.

A Washington University study shows that even students with facts staring them right in the face tend to substitute Hollywood fiction for historical fact.

According to psychology researcher Andrew Butler, “There's something really special about watching a film that lets people retain information from that film, even when they had read a contradictory account in the textbook.”

But the research also shows that when movies are historically accurate, they can enhance the way students learn as a supplement to the assigned text.

History teachers have their jobs cut out for them, though, in trying to correct the errors contained in a lot of Hollywood’s more recent flicks that deal with historical subjects. That’s because movies evidently stick in the mind, regardless of whether the info contained in them is correct or not.

The study looked at groups who had viewed film clips from nine different movies. Participants also read an accurate historical passage that related to each of the movies.

In addition, subjects were given various levels of warnings concerning the accuracy of the information presented in the movies.

"We found that when information in the film was consistent with information in the text, watching the film clips increased correct recall by about 50 percent relative to reading the text alone," Butler said.

"In contrast, when information in the film directly contradicted the text, people often falsely recalled the misinformation portrayed in the film, sometimes as much as 50 percent of the time,” Butler added.

In other words, when information in a movie contradicts text, approximately half of participants remember the faulty movie version as opposed to the correct version of history.

But guys like Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, and Tarantino apparently already knew that.


4. Kourtney Kardashian Takes a Stand Against Abortion

Kourtney Kardashian, one of the stars of the popular reality show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” recently announced to the media that she was pregnant.

She’s a single mom-to-be and her off-again, on-again boyfriend, Scott Disick, is the baby's father.

The tabloids covered Kourtney's story with typical superficiality.

What was left out of the coverage, though, is how the TV star came to reject abortion as an option.

Many of Kourtney's friends were apparently advising her to opt for an abortion.

“I can't even tell you how many people just say, 'Oh, get an abortion.' Like it's not a big deal,” she explained. But after reading about the trauma that women who have had abortions often suffer, Kourtney's attitude toward the issue changed.

“I looked online, and I was sitting on the bed hysterically crying, reading these stories of people who felt so guilty from having an abortion,” she told People magazine. “I was just sitting there crying, thinking, 'I can't do that.'”

The actress even spoke about a faith component to her decision. “I felt in my body, this is meant to be. God does things for a reason, and I just felt like it was the right thing that was happening in my life,” she said.

Kourtney is on record as not wanting abortion to be illegal, but as she explained, “I don't think it's talked through enough.”

She came to understand that women may sometimes terminate a pregnancy for self-serving reasons.

“For me, all the reasons why I wouldn't keep the baby were so selfish: It wasn't like I was raped; it's not like I'm 16. I'm 30 years old; I make my own money; I support myself. I can afford to have a baby,” she said.

Look for Kourtney’s “Wonderful Life” to get even sweeter around Christmas time when her new little one arrives.

It’s exquisite that in our digital times, moms-to-be, and even would-be dads, can use the Internet to peer into the secret world of the babe-in-waiting and obtain clarity. Assistance in making informed decisions is just a click away.

So, too, is a comforting shoulder if one should find herself or himself experiencing regret.

Lots of people have walked the same footsteps. Help is out there.


5. Murder-Suicide Case Shakes Reality-Show Industry

VH1 took one reality show off the air and will likely cancel another, this in the wake of a high profile murder-suicide case involving a cast member. VH1 is a unit of Viacom. Both reality shows are produced by 51 Minds Entertainment.

Ryan Alexander Jenkins was charged with the murder of Jasmine Fiore, a swimsuit model and former Playboy employee.

Fiore, Jenkins’ ex- wife, was found stuffed in a suitcase inside a trash bin in Orange County, Calif. Because her fingers and teeth had been removed, the authorities identified her from the serial number on her surgical breast implants.

Jenkins was a fugitive on the run in his home country of Canada. He was found dead of an apparent suicide at a motel in Hope, British Columbia, a town east of Vancouver; this according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

VH1 pulled “Megan Wants a Millionaire” in which Jenkins appeared, when police first classified him as a “person of interest.” But the cable channel subsequently formally canceled the show. However, Jenkins also appeared on a second VH1 show, “I Love Money 3,” which was set to debut in January but will likely be shelved.

The murder-suicide case has reality television executives re-evaluating the way in which their shows are cast. Contestants are supposed to be checked out before they are accepted for the potentially intimate reality settings, and the media exposure that frequently accompanies such shows has to be taken into consideration as well.

51 Minds apparently failed to discover that Jenkins had a prior criminal record, which included an assault conviction and misdemeanor battery charge. Normally this kind of information is revealed through a routine criminal background check.

The company indicated in a statement that if it “had been given a full picture of his [Jenkins’] background, he would never have been allowed on the show.” It also indicated that it was looking into the matter and “taking steps to ensure that this sort of lapse never occurs again.”

51 Minds claims that an outside company performed checks on all of the contestants, including Jenkins.

VH1 indicated in a statement that the company's “ultimate responsibility is what’s on our air, and in this case we immediately took the show off the schedule as well as off of our digital platforms.”

The cable network acknowledged that “something went wrong here” and gave further assurances that company personnel are "looking at the process to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Reality competitions are the rating leaders of VH1’s programming and much of cable and television fare today. Networks are also in the practice of using contestants from successful series on other reality shows.

No doubt the entire reality show industry will, in the future, be looking for ways to more effectively screen out contestants with criminal records.

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