DreamWorks CEO and major Obama donor Jeffrey Katzenberg is forcing Lassie, the beloved American collie, to endure a grueling publicity tour in an effort to turn a profit for his struggling movie studio. DreamWorks acquired the rights to the storied franchise in 2012, and Katzenberg is determined to turn Lassie into a “merchandizing star” in order to milk the innocent pooch for all she’s worth. According to the New York Times:
Embattled gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D., Texas) is turning to Hollywood celebs for a fundraising boost in her race against attorney general Greg Abbott.
Hollywood megastars (and loyal Democrats donors) J.J. Abrams, Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg, the billionaire director of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, will host a rooftop soiree and fundraiser for Davis on May 22 in Santa Monica, Calif.
The timing of a story by the campaign finance reporters of the New York Times, and its placement in the paper’s national edition, is fraught with meaning. Articles in which the totemic names “Koch” or “Adelson” appear have a habit of being published in the prime time of an election cycle, and share the uncanny ability to float, bubble-like, to the front-page. Stories that deal with the liberal moneymen who finance the Democratic Party and its affiliates, by contrast, tend to appear after the fact or when nobody is looking, and, like ballast, fall to the back of the A section, obscured by ads for Tiffany’s, Burberry, and Zegna. I wonder why.