'Collusion': Media Censor 'Occupy' Outrage at Two Ritzy Obama Fundraisers

By Craig Bannister | July 13, 2013 | 2:47pm EDT

While the media were cheering the heyday of the "Occupy" movement, they suppressed news of two protests of posh fundraisers attended by President Obama, Brent Bozell documents in his new book, "Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election."

Bozell details how, when about a hundred Occupiers protested a swanky $7,500-a-head fundraiser where Obama was joined by pop singer Jack Johnson, the media dutifully ignored it:

"Then [on Oct. 25, 2011] he flew to San Francisco for a $7,500-a-head fundraiser with entertainment by mellow pop singer Jack Johnson. Interestingly, about a hundred protesters from Occupy Wall Street and other leftist causes like medical marijuana and 'peace' marred the event-they apparently were not buying this populist nonsense-but the national media didn't notice."

Bozell explains how "the Obama-loving media, always slashing the unfavorable news out of their scripts" chose to ignore this particular Occupy protest. NBC news, for example, focused instead on how Obama used the fundraiser to unveil "his plan to help struggling homeowners."

And, NBC Today co-host Ann Curry characterized the glitzy fundraising tour as "the president making this populist effort now out West."

A few months later, the media also suppressed news of Occupiers protesting an even more opulent - and expensive - Obama event: a fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of a television mogul, where the price of admission was nearly $36,000.

Bozell explains:

"In mid-February, Obama attended a $35,800-a-person fundraiser at the home of Bradley Bell, who produces the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful." "The location was in the Holmby Hills, which local real estate agents tout as 'perhaps the most spectacular and luxurious in all of Beverly Hills.'"

"Again, there were Occupy protesters, this time at Will Rogers Memorial Park. The website in Beverly Hills quoted the outrage of Nicole Steiner of Occupy Los Angeles: 'That money could be spent far better on the human needs of the 99 percent instead of allowing one-percenters to buy a dinner with the president.'

"Steiner complained that for the nearly $36,000 donors were bringing to Obama they could buy dinners for seventeen thousand people at area food banks."

And, once again, there were no national television or print stories on the Occupy protest. "Forget it," Bozell writes.

He details how CBS This Morning reporter Bill Plante omitted both the Occupy protest and the CBS-soap-mogul details, instead characterizing the Beverly Hills Bonanza as "a little fundraising."

Over at NBC, anchor Brian Williams emphasized Obama's attempt to link himself to economic success stories and tax cuts. "The glitzy fundraisers were a tiny footnote, an afterthought," Bozell writes.

Thus, Obama could fearlessly frequent glamorous, expensive fundraisers that fly in the face of all that Occupiers hold dear because he could always count on "a colluding media" to cover them up, Bozell writes:

"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. That short-lived, lawless, and violent protest movement was presented with all the salesmanship and mendacity that only a colluding media can provide."

"Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election," published by HarperCollins, was co-authored by Media Research Center Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham.

Editor's Note: Brent Bozell is president of the Media Research Center, of which is a division.

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