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Shepard Fairey on Sunday Morning

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Another documentary about the real Republicans

John Ziegler came out with a new documentary film called Media Malpractice How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted. The film and Web site HowObamaGotElected.com was created as a follow-up to Blocking the Path to 9/11.

Media Malpractice defends Sarah Palin, highlights the double-standard, and media biases. 

Matt Lauer interviewed Ziegler  on The TODAY Show. Ziegler accused such media as favoring Barack Obama and making Palin look like an idiot. 

In the film, Ziegler turns the tables and quizzes average democrats on their knowledge of the major players like Palin, Obama, John McCain, and Joe Biden.

For more news and upcoming events, go to Media Malpractice Movie Events.

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Obama Campaign Organizer Admires Shepard Fairey

The Amherst Democratic Town Committee hosted a talk with David Cohen, an Obama campaign organizer, at the Bangs Community Center last night.

Street art  by Purple at UMass Amherst.

Street art by "Purple" at UMass Amherst.

Most questions regarded organizing rather than technology and unique means of targeting voters. Following the talk, I asked Cohen about the Obama campaign poster, which was originally designed by street artist Shepard Fairey.

Cohen said Fairey based the image off a couple of photographs.

The campaign is not liable in any way for the image Fairey produced, which was based on an Associated Press photo. The image is licensed to Fairey.

Cohen said “the image certainly had an impact” on him.

The Twitter feed for the event: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23umassfox.

Fairey’s Obama image discussed on the Colbert Report.

Here is a recent article from the New Yorker.

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Documentary Shows the ‘Real’ Republican Side

Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has come out with a new documentary film Right America: Feeling Wronged

Pelosi, a liberal, typically makes films about Conservatives. In 2003, she made the friendly film about George W. Bush Journeys with George.

This time, Pelosi set out to make a film about Conservative Republicans who don’t get the media coverage that people see on liberal news outlets or FOX News. “Many of the people who attended the McCain campaign rallies complained — rightfully so, Pelosi believes — that the mainstream media weren’t interested in hearing what they had to say,” wrote David Bauder for the Associated Press

“Well, more than 58 million people voted for John McCain, and I know that everyone on the coasts is on an Obama honeymoon right now, and they seem to forget that more than 58 million people did not want Barack Obama to be their president,” Pelosi said in an interview with Mark Schome on Salon.com.

Making the film, Pelosi said she was treated like she was a member of al-Quaida, at times feeling like she was going to be lynched, people called her mother ‘Nazi Pelosi,’ and was even spat on

Pelosi’s interactions weren’t always negative. Pelosi said on The Sean Hannity Show she made a lot of friends and some people were nice to her because of Journeys with George. 

Right America: Feeling Wronged premiered February 16 on HBO.

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Obey: The Faces We Know


Street art by an unknown artist at UMass Amherst.

Street art by an unknown artist at UMass Amherst.

Street artist Shepard Fairey, 38, of Los Angeles is in the hot seat.

Fairey created the red, white and blue Obama “Hope,” “Progress,” and “Change” images. Fairey made the iconic image not as part of Obama’s campaign, but because he liked Obama and wanted to show his support, said Fairey in an interview with Charlie Rose

Fairey, arrested numerous times for graffiti art, sought special permission to create the original poster, not wanting to be a liability for the campaign. Fairey got the okay and even recieved a response from the campaign team asking if an illustration of Obama could be used, said Fairey in the interview with Charlie Rose.

Fairey’s 60-by-44-inch portrait of Obama was unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

“I think they made the image powerful and people remembered it. But none of that would have mattered if people didn’t care about Obama,” said Fairey in an interview with Smithsonian.com.

Fairey got his start in the 1990s by making black and white motifs of Andre the Giant’s head with the word “OBEY” written  below. The images were dispersed in the form of stickers, posters, and stencils.

“Fairey has managed to capture and shape public consciousness. And that, for a visual artist, is no small thing,” wrote Sebastian Smee of the The Boston Globe.

His art work is political, retro, and contemporary. Fairey previously teamed up with Real Skateboards, coming up with a line displaying his artwork. 

The controversy is Fairey’s arrests. He has over 14, and was recently arrested for an outstanding warrant from 2000.

The Associated Press has also accused Fairey of using an AP photo without permission. The original photo of Obama was taken by Mannie Garcia in April 2006 at the National Press Club in Washington. Fairey filed a pre-emptive suit based on faire use exceptions.

On a Web site called “Art For A Change,” maintained by artist Mark Vallen, numerous “plagiarisms” by the artist  are brought to attention. 

An exhibition at the Institute of  Contemporary Art in Boston of Fairey’s art called “Supply and Demand” will be on display until August.

Removed street art by unknown artist at UMass Amherst.

Removed street art of an unknown artist at UMass Amherst.

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Obama Stimulus Plan 5 FAQs

Who supports Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan?

Democrats support the stimulus plan, while Republics disapprove. Although, some Republicans support the plan. Moderate Replubicans and Democrats went to debate before the plan was finalized. Democrats are disappointed that the bill isn’t larger. Three Senate Republicans voted in favor of the plan reported The Christian Science Monitor.

Where is the money going?

Out of the $789 billion stimulus plan, $507 billion will go towards increasing spending and $282 billion will go towards tax relief, according to The New York Times February 11.  The plan was passed Friday at $787. “The recovery package has tax breaks for families that send a child to college, purchase a new car, buy a first home or make the ones they own more energy efficient,” reported The Associated Press. The plan will go towards many other things like highways and health care.

Where is the money coming from?

The money is coming from borrowing, and it could be years before the debts are paid off. The thing is that this money might not be enough, according to Bloomberg.com.

Will the plan actually boost consumer spending and the job market?

The BBC reports, the plan is supposed to, “help states close their budget gaps and avoid laying off state employees.” The idea is the plan will rescue the strain on consumers when they spend money. The Boston Globe reported there is no guarantee the money will smoothly flow into the economy. The bottom line is that it “will not be easy” and could take years to see any results, according to ABC News.

How does this compare to the past?

People won’t be getting their money in the form of rebate checks, unlike during the Bush Administration. Reuters made the comparison the stimulus plan is “slightly larger” than the Marshall Plan. MSNBC.com reported the 2001 tax-cut package was $1.35 trillion, and was approved by 12 Senate Democrats and 28 House Democrats.

Last updated February 15, 2009.

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