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The classy Christian Bale

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:19 pm - July 24, 2012.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

Having stayed up late last Thursday to see the Dark Knight Rise first thing Friday morning, those in the Aurora cinema when the  shooter walked in were obviously big Batman fans.  Thus, it would be a big deal if the actor playing the caped crusader in that film stopped by to visit the wounded among them.

The Denver Post reports that said actor did just that:

Christian Bale, star of the Batman films, met at the Medical Center of Aurora on Tuesday afternoon with seven patients injured in the mass shooting that occurred during a midnight showing of his new film.

Bill Voloch, interim president of Medical Center of Aurora, said Bale spent about 2½ hours at the hospital, where he met with five people still being treated for their injuries. Two others came from Swedish Medical Center to meet Bale, who stars at Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises.

“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,” Voloch said. “They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.”

Not only is Bale a great actor, but he is also a great guy.  This guy is a mensch.

Accountable journalists to ask Axelrod about Obama’s secrecy?

Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod appears to have incredible confidence that the legacy media will continue to cover for his candidate.  Yesterday, citing that Chicagoan’s tweets, Erika Johnsen quipped that “the Obama campaign is back with the ‘Romney is the most secretive candidate since Richard Nixon’-esque attacks.

Considering all the documents — not to mention information about campaign donors — the president and his campaign are hiding — or refusing to provide — it is simply amazing Mr. Axelrod would make much of Mr. Romney’s supposed secrecy.

Wonder why it is, say, the legacy media are not running stories wondering about Mr. Obama’s failure to provide his medical records.  As Victor Davis Hanson reminds us:

Given . . . media demands in 2008 that the septuagenarian cancer survivor John McCain should release thousands of pages of medical records for journalists’ perusal, why did not Barack Obama simply release his medical records? The Left had always trumpeted the desire for “full disclosure” and was probably right in wanting McCain to assure us that he was hale; but, again, why was Obama given a complete pass?

Mr. Obama still has not released those records. “We are still perplexed”, Hanson adds, “why Barack Obama for over decade permitted Kenya to be listed as his birthplace on his literary agent’s biography of him.” And we wonder what his undergraduate transcripts might reveal — or what we might learn from those Justice Department documents the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has subpoenaed.

Seems Mr. Axelrod may not know how to run a good campaign defense, but he does have confidence that the legacy media are less interested in the background of Democratic candidates than of Republican ones.

Another federal loan to financially-troubled “green” company
(with ties to Obama supporters)

Those who rely on the legacy media for reports on this administration’s record with taxpayer dollars may not be as up to speed as those who follow conservative blogs about federal support for failing companies.

We know that Solyndra is just the tip of the iceberg, one of many green energy firms (receiving federal subsidies or loan guarantees) which are, well, not flourishing in the marketplace.  Last week, for example, we reported on the the 22clean energy companies supported by President Obama’s stimulus that are now failing or have filed for bankruptcy.

Now comes word that a federal agency is backing another such company:

Late last week, the Ex-Im loaned about $57 million to First Solar, ostensibly so the solar panel manufacturer could boost exports of its product to India. The Ex-Im’s press release says that the loan will help create 200 jobs at First Solar’s factory in Tempe, AZ. A quick calculation finds that the Ex-Im loan amounts to $285,000 per job.

This firm, observes Bryan Preston,

. . . is a curious choice for the Ex-Im to consider worthy of a huge loan. It was the worst performing firm on the SPX in 2011. It has also been linked with several junk bond firms. In March 2012, First Solar was found using government subsidies to “export” solar panels to itself.

But First Solar has connections, similar to the connections that won Solyndra its taxpayer-backed loans. According to Townhall columnist Marita Noon, several Obama campaign bundlers are investors in First Solar. Bruce Heyman, David Heller, and Jennifer Scully are all Obama bundlers who have investments in First Solar. First Solar CEO Michael Ahearn “gives generously (and exclusively) to Democrats.”

Can you imagine how much media coverage this would get if a Republican were doling out the bucks to a financially-troubled company producing a product near and dear to the conservative agenda — which included investors were ties to that politician’s political campaigns?

RELATED: Solyndra cash in Obama’s pocket

Is Tina Brown all that savvy about the changing media market?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:10 pm - July 24, 2012.
Filed under: New Media,Random Thoughts

Commenting on reports that “the Harmon family is divesting interest in NewsWeeks Daily Beast online blog”, Sonicfrog wonders if this is a “a sign that daily Beast is going under“:

I can’t say. There is still time to save the product. But they have to get much smarter and much more accommodating to other political point of views if they are going to survive. Oh, and get rid of Tina Brown. She doesn’t exactly have a great track record for the last several years.

Read the whole thing.  His post led me to wonder if Tina Brown is all that savvy about the changing media market.  She does have good PR sense.  Now, to be sure, reports on various media ventures do seem to herald her ability to build an existing market or craft a new niche.

Her recent record, however, doesn’t seem to match those reports.  Brown does know how to promote herself (and get that favorable media attention), but does she know how to creating a well-trafficked web-site or build a profitable enterprise?

Contrast her latest on-line enterprise with Arianna Huffington’s most recent endeavor.  We may not share Mrs. Huffington’s ideological tilt, but do recognize her success. Perhaps, Brown was just trying to imitate Huffington.

And she just hasn’t realized that the liberal online marketplace has reached its saturation point.

UPDATE:  In a similar vein, Steven Hayward offers, “Under Tina Brown—probably the most overrated journalist/editor of our time—Newsweek has become just a lightweight version of The New Republic.”  (Via Instapundit.)

Feinstein believes White House responsible for intelligence leaks

Just as in 2010, this year, a left-of-center Democratic woman is running for reelection to the U.S. Senate from California.  And while two years ago, I devoted much space on this blog (and donated several hundred dollars from my pocket) to defeating the liberal up for reelection, this year I have all but ignored the Senate contest.

Now, to be sure, I will not be voting to reelection Senator Dianne Feinstein, indeed, have not voted for her in 2000 or 2006, years she was up for reelection when I resided in the (once-)Golden State.  Unlike her junior colleague, Mrs. Feinstein has both shown respect for her ideological adversaries and actually accomplished some things during her Senate tenure.  (Said accomplishments likely related to that respect).

Not only has Senator Feinstein, on occasion, showed respect for her ideological and partisan adversaries, but she has also dared, from time to time, to take issue with her party.  As chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, she does tend to put concern for national security ahead of partisan politics and has done so again this week, diplomatically adddressing intelligence leaks from the White House:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that someone at the White House was responsible for the recent leaks of classified information.

“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said in an address at the World Affairs Council, The Associated Press first reported.

Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible.

This puts the California Democrat at odds with senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod who “has denied that the leaks came from sources in the White House.”  Feinstein’s contention that the president himself did not leak the classified information led Ed Morrissey to quip, “That’s why a President hires staff and appoints political players — to do that kind of work for him.

“Leaks”, that 2010 CPAC blogger of the year adds (more…)