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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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Obama's Vegas comment

"You don't go blowing a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for your child's college education."

NPR's All Things Considered looked at President Obama's perceived slight of Las Vegas, and Mayor Oscar Goodman's response. The President explained himself to Senator Harry Reid, but at least one local woman on the street pointed out that anything the president says does impact the lives of regular people, in this case potentially taking money and jobs from ordinary Las Vegans.

Truth is the president was using a phrase made popular and promoted by billions in advertising over the decades from Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to promote gambling, escape, what some would call immorality and most recently "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."

Goodman's response "this president is a real slow learner."

Meanwhile;

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 | 4:18 p.m.

Gibbons on Fox News

Gov. Jim Gibbons on Wednesday discussed President Obama's latest remark about Las Vegas during a Fox News interview. The governor's remarks came during "Your World With Neil Cavuto."

During a town hall meeting Tuesday in New Hampshire, Obama said: “You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. And it’s time your government did the same.”

Gibbons during the interview called Obama's remarks "disgraceful. It’s tasteless, it’s thoughtless."

"I have lost my sense of humor about this. It is no longer funny. It is not acceptable," Gibbons said. "I notice that there are 48 states in this country that have some form of gaming or lottery or whatever. He did not dis on any of those cities, including Chicago, Illinois."

Republicans must take responsibility for governing

From the Las Vegas Sun:


Obama to Senate Democrats: ‘Let’s have a fight about real stuff’

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 | 9:47 a.m.

— President Barack Obama continued his congressional tour this morning, telling Senate Democrats "we should not be spooked" as he presses his second-year agenda in an increasingly difficult election year for the party.

"Let's have a fight about real stuff," Obama told senators gathered at the annual meeting.

Obama fielded questions from Democratic senators during a live broadcast, much the way he did last week at the House Republicans' gathering. This, however, was a decidedly friendlier crowd.

Obama stressed the need for Democrats to work transparently to build the public's confidence in the workings of government and acknowledged the final health care reform talks were not as open as they should have been.

He reiterated a new theme — that Republicans must take responsibility for governing — and that he has "little patience" for those whose response to today's problems of jobs, the economy and health care is to just say "no."

"The answer is not to do nothing," Obama said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced the president and got a shout out from Obama, who a day earlier triggered a Nevada firestorm by telling a New Hampshire town hall, "You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college."

Reid has "got one of the toughest jobs in Washington," Obama told the Senate Democrats. "Let's face it, you guys are a little difficult to manage."

Obama conceded one of his first-year mistakes was not getting out of Washington often enough to meet with ordinary Americans. He admonished fellow Democrats to turn off the TV news, stop reading the blogs and talk to people outside the beltway.

"I follow that advice pretty good," Reid quipped.

As the president listed the cities he has visited in the new year, Reid piped up, saying "Searchlight." Obama, who will visit Las Vegas this month, said not quite yet.

Obama also stressed the need to "finish the job on health care reform ... Even though it's hard."

Sundance You Tube experiment nets ony 2,684 views


You Tube's Beta test into the pay-per-view market is being called a success, even as total revenue came in a dismal $10,709.16, with only 2, 684 views. The New York Times reports that by comparison six million Netflix customers stream video each month.

To be fair, the experiment was poorly advertised and was one of limited mass appeal. You Tube was streaming only seven Sundance Titles and only during the Sundance Film Festival itself. Many older titles are available through Sundance's on-demand free service, and indy films bring in relatively small audiences the traditional box office.

The You Tube model required Pay Pal and payment through the YouTube site, a very limited access strategy, also discouraging viewers.

You Tube proudly points out that some of the films streamed were seen by maybe a few hundred people in festival and preview theaters, with their limited You Tube viewing easily doubling their audience reach.

Other entertainment notes:


Indies are seeing a less profitable future in streaming on demand, YouTube, and web page direct sales. That means fewer films with the budget to look Hollywood. Internet Technologies could also mean more production and product, but at very low budgets.
 
Sundance did not see a great deal of business. "Buried" and "The Kids are All-right" were optioned for less than one film would be, and they were the only two optioned in the first five days of the film. The material was chosen to be less commercial and near to the roots of Sundance. The economy and changes in the industry also mean that the market for independents are down. Disney, Paramount, Warner and Fox all have sized down or eliminated large once independent film distribution labels.

Is print dead? If not it is taking a back seat and our society is suffering from the loss of literacy and the thought process that comes with it. Hollywood is jumping in with both feet in eroding the print media.

Major films with big stats are not making their investments back, or way under-performing in the US, making back their costs and then a profit overseas.