The movie – 2016: Obama’s America is a propaganda film produced by political hack Dinesh D’Souza paid for by a Chicago billionaire named Joe Ricketts … the owner of the Chicago Cubs. You can read all about that film HERE. Some Republicans actually believe this crap and it is a real shame. Well – now the movie is being provided for FREE via the nation’s 15th largest cable provider – Armstrong Utilities. This movie will be available in parts of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio and presumably Virginia; this is the first time in Armstrong’s history that it is providing an On Demand movie for free. And it just so happens … the Chairman of the company is a huge financial backer of Mitt Romney and the Republican party.
And thanks to Citizens United – this company can spread whatever speech it wants because even though this is a donation to the Romney campaign in the form of goods and services …. that’s completely legal thanks to the Roberts court that determined money is speech and corporations are people.
The Pittsburgh City Paper brings us this story HERE:
Armstrong Utilities, the nation’s 15th-largest cable provider, operates in five states, including suburban and rural parts of western Pennsylvania. And recently, its homepage began notifying viewers of a “Free Movie Special” — an on-demand screening of the film, which was in theaters only a few weeks ago.
While much on-demand content is free, subscribers tell City Paper — and an Armstrong executive confirms — that this is the first time the cable provider has offered such a deal for a recently released feature film.
2016 has become a hit among conservatives, but has drawn fire from fact-checkers who argue that its central thesis is logically flawed and lacks evidence. The film, for example, accuses Obama of being “weirdly sympathetic to Muslim jihadists,” even as drone strikes and Special Forces operations have wiped out many terrorist leaders. And it suggests that Obama somehow inherited the beliefs of his father — who Obama by all accounts barely even knew.
Think Progress explains more about the company’s donations to Romney HERE:
On September 21, just days before the promotion began, Armstrong Chairman Of The Board Jay Sedwick gave the maximum $5,000 to Mitt Romney’s campaign and an additional $25,000 to the Republican National Committee.
Armstrong cable is available in over 50 cities and towns in 10 Ohio counties. Analysts believe the outcome in Ohio may determine the outcome of the election. Most current polls in the state are within the margin of error.
The Armstrong Group also gave American Crossroads, Karl Rove’s SuperPAC in support of Romney, $1.3 million in “in-kind cable access” in September. [HT:@asmith83]
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