NBC’s love for Obama pays off – literally

Posted by: ST on August 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Via Fox News:

If you’re a fan of all things Obama, NBC Universal’s online store has no fewer than 29 options for your buying pleasure — from a shirt with the president’s picture proclaiming “YES WE DID”…to both of his books…to a special inauguration DVD…to a refrigerator magnet of the first couple.

And don’t forget the Barack Obama Action Figure — yours for $15, plus tax.

You can buy them online — or at NBC Universal’s retail store in New York.

Some analysts say it’s good business, that NBC is simply offering what people want to buy. They point out that the adult version of the “YES WE DID” shirt ($25) was so popular, it sold out on the Web site.

But others note that there is no merchandise available that shows support for the other side of the political aisle. And they question whether the political bent of the items on sale are healthy for a corporation that operates an impartial news outlet.

Some of NBC’s item descriptions would seem to support that notion: “Bring reform to your refrigerator. Or at least keep company with the President while you’re at work, with the Barack Obama Magnet,” one item description reads.

“From Yes We Can to Yes We Did! Celebrate Barack Obama’s historic victory with the new ‘Yes We Did’ Unisex T-Shirt,” reads another.

But if your favorite color in the red, white and blue just happens to be red, you’re out of luck.

There are no t-shirts or refrigerator magnets for George and Laura Bush, and NBC did not say whether it ever sold Bush items after his victory in 2000.

The CBS and ABC online stores sell books about the president, but no merchandise. Fox and CNN do not sell books or gear.

Some journalism ethics scholars said NBC Universal’s focus on Obama merchandise was unseemly for a media outlet.

“The NBC Universal Store stands out for the amount of pro-Obama trinkets and gadgets and promotional material it sells. Its nearest competitor is CBS, which has a dozen items…books and the 60 Minutes interview with Obama,” DePaul University journalism professor Bruce Evensen said.

“The [NBC] site seems like a campaign stop for those following their messiah…The appearance that NBC isn’t reporting the news with fairness, balance and impartiality — but is instead cheerleading — is apparent,” he said.

Wow – ya think? And let’s not forget: the love MSDNC has for the Obama administration is admittedly reciprocated.

This really is nothing new, unfortunately. As we read in the days leading up to the election and long after, the MSM – including the WaPo, McCatchy, NYT and other liberal news outlets were eager to sell Obama merchandise, including books which featured professional pictures and articles from the campaign trail, individual photos for sale on their websites, and a solicitation for people to buy congratulatory inaugural ads only – ads that would be featured in print and on the website of the Washington Post.

Not only were mainstream media journalists in the tank for Obama because they agreed with his platform and because they thought he was “hip” and “sexy” and, most importantly, messiah-like, but they also dug him because of the “historic nature” of his candidacy, which was a guaranteed ca$h cow.

Not watchdogs but lapdogs. Not investigative journalists but passive cultists. Just another day in the life of our so-called “non-partisan” MSM.

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13 Responses to “NBC’s love for Obama pays off – literally”


  1. NC Cop says:

    But remember, they’re not biased!! No, no, no they’re not in the tank for Obama, just ask them.

    Yeah right, and I clipped my toenails last night. :d:d

  2. Carlos says:

    But according to the leftier of the leftwingnut sites the networks (including Nauseating Barack Commentary) and almost all of the MSM is in the pockets of the greedy capitalists and conservatives, including the Times Empire and WaPo.

    It’s only right that the Zero freaks have the right to such merchandise, it’s right there in the Constitution that they have that right and now you’re trying to deny them that Constitutional right!

  3. Wry Mouth says:

    Personally, I’m waiting for the “We Gots Next” GOP t-shirt, if we can co-opt that sterling slogan from the WNBA… ;o/

  4. Carlos says:

    Of course they aren’t biased. If anything, they are dead-on mainstream. How do they know that? Everyone they know and communicate with thinks exactly like they do, so they must be mainstream. Why, even their old college profs thought exactly the same way, and how better to gauge where mainstream is than to be exactly where someone who hasn’t talked to a real, productive member of society probably in his entire life is?

  5. Aunt Ralph says:

    More of the obvious… From The Times


  6. Jo says:

    So much for unbiased media coverage. What a bunch of adoring idiots. How can we find their sponsors and refuse to support them?

  7. 2Hotel9 says:

    “Objectivity” Another in the long list of words journalists have no clue as to the meaning of.

  8. Carol says:

    Hey, ya’ll, maybe, just maybe in a short while those who buy this “JUNK” will figure out what the true meaning of “buyer’s remorse” is! Hee, hee, hee, hee:d

  9. Leslie says:

    Well it’s clear that the GOP needs some help in product placement. Some suggestions here:

    The Sarah Palin Barbie
    The Orrin Hatch line of designer men’s ware
    The Meghan McCain tee shirt

  10. Neo says:

    I was at the NBC Store back in May and, yes, they had a lot of Obama (and no Bush) stuff.

  11. Brontefan says:

    I’ve viewed the Ziegler film and it does paint many Americans as clueless. They clearly did not vote for OB because of his experience, his compromising policies, his estute awareness of the American culture, or his patriotism. This anti-American man who is so very eloquent has no idea how to work through problems facing this ocuntry. He only knows how to campaign, be a community organizer [only if they are angry] and apologize for America. When it comes to being Presidential, he is lost–and with his experience with the Chicago political machine, what do you think he will do now? Try to bully patriotic Americans into socialism? Whatever he does do, the mainstream media will champion the cause!!

  12. Steve Skubinna says:

    You know, that kind of activity would be dead against journalism’s code of ethics.

    If there were such a thing, I mean.