HBO to air political 'hit job' disguised as drama

Friday, April 1, 2016
Steve Jordahl (

remote controlIt's election season – and with it comes Hollywood's thinly veiled negative campaign ads disguised as dramas.

HBO's "Confirmation" – which premieres on April 16 – hashes up the 1991 Capitol Hill hearings on sexual harassment charges leveled by staffer Anita Hill against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Those who have read the script say it's a heroic portrayal of a victimized Anita Hill. But attorney Mark Paoletta offers a different opinion.

"It's a hit job, hit job, hit job," he tells OneNewsNow. "In my view, it's the second high-tech lynching of Justice Thomas – and they will fail at this again, too."

Paoletta worked for President George H.W. Bush – and specifically on the Thomas confirmation. He says the creators of the HBO special "looked at the 2016 presidential election and [saw that] Hillary Clinton would be running – and [decided] Let's do a movie revisiting this issue of sexual harassment and the Republican war on women."

Gainor, Dan (MRC)Hollywood regularly trots out political pieces meant to sway voters. Dan Gainor of Media Research Center says to look no further than the CBS drama "Madam Secretary," crafted – he says – to bolster Mrs. Clinton's bid for the White House.

"I think they're always effective, at least a little bit," he offers. "They always convince some people ... because some people can be convinced [that] what you see on TV is real – even when we all know it's not."

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