Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Obama Channel on Dish Network

This morning when I woke up, I made myself some hot tea, turned on the tv looking for some news on FOX about the socialist bailout but the first thing that came up was Baracka Obama on a commercial. Then I noticed that it was on ...the Obama channel. I was stunned. I did see a 'paid advertising' label in the corner, but I was still immediately skeptical, as I am with all things Baraka. So I immediately looked online to see what coverage of this was on the internet, and there was plenty here and here.

I am not ok with this yet, but I still need some facts. The one thing that concerned me that the receiver landed on the Obama channel when I first turned it on. That rubbed me very wrong. It could have been my wife who left it there for me before she went to bed the night before I will have to see. But if she didn't, that means that Dish is forcing the channel to be viewed when powered on, and if that is the case, I need to see if that is legal. And if it is legal, Obama better be paying a pretty penny for that 'service'. And also as Dawn Teo of liberal Huffpost blogs,

"Dish Network subscribers are also reporting that when a commercial comes on any of the other channels, an option appears offering to let the user select the Obama Channel." I have not seen that yet myself, but if that can be proved, that would be an expensive line item I would like to see on Baraka's Dish invoice.
Which brings me to the next point. Will Dish provide any transparency on the deal. How much did this cost? Did Obama get a sweetheart deal?

This all smells quite a bit, I must say. I will inquire with Dish myself and see what I can find. I will certainly drop Dish in a New York second if I find Dish is in bed with Baraka the babykiller.

It's also on Dish channel 5890, also called Obama Channel. Having watched the looped 2 minute ad twice now, it's definitely a little creepy. As a commenter mentioned on Malkin's blog, it has a 1984 feel to it. Big Brother on 24 hours a day. And just the way the ad is presented, it's obviously been carefully designed to soothing. He speaks calmly, many images of traditional Americana, Barak hugging older folks, the soft glowing narration...that's all fine if it was a typical 2 minute spot on tv somewhere, but it has a different effect when it is on a 24 hour loop. Definitely Orwellian.

UPDATE: I asked my wife if she had found and left the Dish receiver on the Obama channel. She responded that she had never heard of the Obama Channel. Since a Dish receiver remembers the channel you left it on when you power on again, and since the channel was not left on Obama Channel, this means that Dish is in effect, 'changing the channel' to the Obama channel so that this is the first thing the viewer sees. I don't think this could be a service offered for a fee, this is unethical, if not illegal. I'm writing Dish to see what response I get. I will most likely cancel my service. This whole deal with Dish is small potatoes, but these little small drips are everywhere in the Obama campaign. Must help stop the drip wherever I can. It's just AMAZING the odds McCain is up against. The fact that the race is as close as it is, is astonishing considering McCain/Palin are up against Obama and his well honed machine of NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, world opinion and secret foreign donations, and on and on. Amazing.


Maggie said...

Your reaction is a little over the top. Whenever Dish adds a new channel, any new channel, the next time I turn on my tv, that's what channel it's on. If you actually had Dish Network for any length of time, you would know that.

Really! said...

It debuted days earlier than when Dish changed the channel for me while I was asleep. But even if I am overreacting, I don't care. It pisses me off.

I would still like to see what BO is paying for this, see if he got fair market value or sweet ass sweetheart deal. But fat freaking chance of that happening, right?

Over at Politico, they say that readers haven't commented that Dish cannot block the Obama channel...uh....huh. I'll find out myself as I am about to cancel my service right now.

Anonymous said...

I am undecided on many things regarding who I will vote for in the end, however, it is so sad to see someone say so much that is based on so little education. If you chose to post nasty "baby killing" pictures and terrorist related symbols on your page--you should really research the truth behind the smears...
Also, you have remarks about how horrible television is on a blog about Dish Network?? Seriously?

If you don't want to watch the channel... turn it. I don't appreciate the sports channels but I don't assume the networks are pushing them on me because the games keep coming on--I use the remote & go on with life...

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people are getting creative and invented Obama channel...anyways if you want to see any of the channel opt for Dish TV will show you everything from obama to osama (pun intended)...

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