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Nickelodeon, say it ain’t so!
A recent video by the Fresh Beat Band has been playing on the network every half hour. The song is, “Here We Go.”
At the beginning of the song, the crowd chants, “Yes we can! Yes we can!” At the end of the song, the crowd again chants, “Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!”
The crowd doesn’t have to say anything in particular. It’s a crowd of fans. Having the crowd say the Obama campaign slogan is in very questionable taste.
There is also an actual network relationship with the Obamas. From Time magazine:
Michelle Obama, Nickelodeon Star: First Lady to Appear on ‘iCarly’
By: Alyson Krueger
Nickelodeon is about to add Michelle Obama to its long list of children’s stars. The First Lady is scheduled to appear in an upcoming episode of iCarly, a comedy that focuses on a girl named Carly Shay who creates her own web show with her best friends Sam and Freddie.
Show creator and executive producer Dan Schneider wrote the episode (It will air in January — B.P) just for Obama
Network President Cyma Zarghami said she wasn’t concerned the First Lady’s appearance would make a political statement for the show or Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon Network President Cyma Zarghami appears to be a Democrat. From her Wikipedia page:
Zarghami donated the maximum of $2,300 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President in 2007. She had previously contributed to John Kerry’s campaign in 2004.
Other Democrats she supports have been Kirsten Gillibrand and Bob Casey.
Viacom (owner of Nickelodeon) signed up with the Sensible Food Policy Coalition, led by Obama’s former White House communications director, the Maoist Anita Dunn. (Didn’t millions of people starve under Chairman Mao?)
Viacom also covered Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa. From TV By the Numbers:
Viacom’s BET and MTV Brands Document First Lady Michelle Obama’s Youth Engagement Trip to South Africa and Botswana Across Network Platforms
By Bill Gorman– June 15, 2011
Viacom also gave Barack Obama an hour of free airtime. From Wizbang:
Viacom: Obama townhall is not political
Posted by Rick
Published: October 13, 2010 – 12:52 PM
So the next question should have been, “Then what the hell is it?”:
Viacom networks MTV, BET and CMT are giving an hour of free air time to President Obama less than three weeks before the midterm elections.
The so-called “A Conversation with President Obama” will be live and commercial-free on six Viacom networks at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The networks will not give equal time to a Republican before the election, according to a spokeswoman.
MTV denies that the Obama hour of TV is political, despite the timing, weeks before the midterm elections.
The American Thinker said at the time:
October 5, 2010
Viacom shills for Obama
So I’m listening to “Here We Go” by the Fresh Beat Band for the hundredth time (I have a two-year-old and a three-year-old), and I’m hearing the crowd say “YES WE CAN!”
Viacom’s not even subtle about it!