Despite enjoying the company of (and funding from) Hollywood's biggest names in some of the most luxurious settings, President Obama continues to be portrayed as "populist" by a supportive media, Brent Bozell explains in his new book, "Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election."
Not only have media refused to report on Obama's exploits with Hollywood's "one-percenters," they've shamelessly portrayed Obama as an everyday guy, Bozell explains in the chapter "Barack 'Hollywood' Obama":
"What really took chutzpah was the other half of the equation: boosting Barack Obama as a populist as he hobnobbed with the richest and most famous elites in Hollywood. Anonymous rich people make better villains than some of the most beloved names in show business."
"Perhaps the most 'out of touch' millionaires and billionaires threatening the 'common folks' narrative were the entertainment elites in Hollywood and Manhattan. They often had the most elevated-and publicly expressed-opinion of Obama. After the election, on the Soul Train Awards on November 25, actor Jamie Foxx let his adoration hang out: 'First of all, give an honor to God, and our lord and savior Barack Obama!'"
"Obama relentlessly attended fundraisers with the Hollywood glitz elite. There was no fear he'd be hounded and accused by fellow liberals in the press because these mansion events with movie moguls and stars are a violation of the left's 'Occupy Wall Street' vibe."
"Collusion" documents Obama hanging (and fundraising) with stars from across the music industry such as rocker Gwen Stafani, jazz performer/composer Quincy Jones, and rapper Jay-Z, as well as with sports stars like former NBA great Magic Johnson.
Bozell details how a host of Hollywood's celebrities hosted and hobnobbed with Obama, including:
- George Clooney
- Morgan Freeman,
- Sarah Jessica Parker,
- Reese Witherspoon,
- Will Smith,
- Julia Roberts,
- Jack Black,
- Danny DeVito,
- Melanie Griffith
- Antonio Banderas,
- Jamie Foxx
"Collusion" also explains how Obama indulges in opulence, such as one visit to Southern California where it he hit three plush events:
- At the ritzy La Jolla home of Elizabeth and Mason Phelps,
- At the House of Blues in West Hollywood with ABC Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson; and
- At a $17,900-a-plate dinner with one hundred top Hollywood bigwigs at Fig & Olive restaurant on Melrose Place.
"This was Hollywood's One Percent, wealthier and far more famous than most of Romney's corporate one-percenters," Bozell explains:
"The Democrats wanted their candidate to be seen as the embodiment of the '99 Percent.' In truth, Obama was the personification of, by, and for the exclusive and ultimate One Percent-the super-rich and super-famous."
"ABC, CBS, and NBC never mentioned this clash of opulence and 'populism,'" Bozell writes.
Then, there are the visits to swanky sites like George Clooney's mansion, Spike Lee's Upper East Side brownstone, and Jay-Z's Manhattan nightclub. At one get-together at Clooney's home, wealthy donors ponied up $15 million for Obama.
At Jay-Z's club, one-percenters paid $40,000 a plate to dine in the ambiance of a champagne tower of 350 bottles of $300-a-bottle Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, worth $105,000.47.
"Try imagining Obama and Jay-Z in front of that spectacle while Obama tells Letterman you can't just work for the rich people," Bozell writes.
But, Obama can continue to live the high life and still maintain his "populist" image, thanks to selective journalism, Bozell writes:
"Obama could campaign comfortably in the knowledge that he didn't really have to worry that the press would report the screaming contradiction between his mansion-hopping opportunism and his left-wing anticapitalist ideals."
"Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election" is co-authored by Media Research Center Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham and published by HarperCollins.
Editor's Note: Brent Bozell is president of the Media Research Center, of which CNSNews.com is a division.