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Posted on Jan 14, 2009 in Barack Obama, Campaign '08, Government, Liberalism, Party Politics

Obama Inauguration: coming to a movie theater near you

For most of us by now, any level of shock regarding the inauguration of Barack Obama is fairly small. He has definitely given us a candidate, a campaign, an election, and now and inauguration that will go down in history and set a new bar for any candidate who wishes to seek the Presidency.

This time, it looks like the objective (kidding) media executives at MSNBC have worked out a deal with Screenvision that will essentially grant the rights for MSNBC’s coverage to be aired in 27 theaters.

From THR.com:

President-elect Barack Obama is on his way to the big screen, thanks to a deal between MSNBC and Screenvision that will put the news channel’s inaugural coverage in 27 theaters around the country.

Free tickets are being handed out via MSNBC.com to see the inauguration and parade from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET at the 27 theaters run by 11 exhibitor partners in 21 markets. Midday Tuesday isn’t necessarily a big movie time, so it helps to fill the theater — and boost popcorn and soda sales — at a time when it’s not usually busy.

I think it’s quite clear that MSNBC will be the ‘Fox News’ of this administration.

While this is might rile some up, to be honest, I really don’t care. During the Bush years, we had Fox News as an outlet for our conservative-friendly news stories, and they didn’t tend to hide it.

I guess I’d rather see networks be open about their bias like MSNBC has been lately, then try and claim objectivity like they were doing before the primaries.