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(The Daily Beast)   The Republican Party has corrupted the last good and noble profession left: Game Show Hosts   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 45
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2010-11-01 07:51:23 PM
And the Democrats have 'corrupted' the rest of Hollywood
 
2010-11-01 08:07:52 PM
violentsalvation: And the Democrats have 'corrupted' the rest of Hollywood

One of the greatest tricks Conservatives have pulled on America was convincing them they're somehow oppressed in Hollywood.

"Oh, poor us, we're so oppressed--"
*phone rings*
"Excuse me...They want me to play a gruff, grizzled father figure on a network sitcom? When's my call time? Anyway, as I was saying, coming out as a Republican in this town will pretty much get you blackballed--"
*ring ring*
"Sorry...You booked eight more corporate gigs where I can tell my 20-year-old jokes? I'll pack my bags tonight! So anyway, you won't believe how hard it is to be a Conservative celebrity--"
*ring ring*
"One sec...The record company wants me to record another album in honor of the troops? Lemme see if my vocal coach is still in my address book!"

And so forth and so on.
 
2010-11-01 08:44:42 PM
Actually, I don't blame a genre dominated by 50-, 60-, 70-something white guys for leaning Republican. They reached prominence during a time when the party was still somewhat sane. And their quotes FTFA lack the teatardist refusal of reason that has made the modern GOP a joke.

Well, except for the asinine "now sacrificing my career coming out as a conservative" comment from Woolery. Come on, Chuck! You're better than that. At least I thought you were.
 
2010-11-01 08:47:31 PM
Suck it, Trebek.
 
2010-11-01 09:02:47 PM
Let's be fair here. Ben Stein was into politics long before he became a game show host. He was a speechwriter for the White House under Nixon.
 
2010-11-01 09:03:34 PM
Sajak, who's been relatively quiet about his politics until recently, blasted onto the national pundit scene in October with the debut of his column for National Review Online.

When was this written? Hasn't he had a weekly op-ed on NRO for years? Maybe I'm getting him confused with Pat Boone, but I thought both of them were over there for years.
 
2010-11-01 09:21:50 PM
Greasy people, who don't even hide the fact that everything they say is orchestrated by some corporate sponsor, sporting fake smiles and lying about how happy they are to see you?

I'm having trouble seeing any correlation between them and the game show hosts.
 
2010-11-01 09:28:53 PM
"To have the right sensibility to be a game-show host, you do have to have a belief in rugged individualism-either you make it or you're not worth it,"

Oh, FFS. You're reading index cards about how Janice from Enid, OK has a large collection of glass owls, you aren't backpacking alone down the Amazon.

The Great EZE: violentsalvation: And the Democrats have 'corrupted' the rest of Hollywood

One of the greatest tricks Conservatives have pulled on America was convincing them they're somehow oppressed in Hollywood.

"Oh, poor us, we're so oppressed--"
*phone rings*
"Excuse me...They want me to play a gruff, grizzled father figure on a network sitcom? When's my call time? Anyway, as I was saying, coming out as a Republican in this town will pretty much get you blackballed--"
*ring ring*
"Sorry...You booked eight more corporate gigs where I can tell my 20-year-old jokes? I'll pack my bags tonight! So anyway, you won't believe how hard it is to be a Conservative celebrity--"
*ring ring*
"One sec...The record company wants me to record another album in honor of the troops? Lemme see if my vocal coach is still in my address book!"

And so forth and so on.


I like how all the people who are courageously coming out as Republican are either still making money or haven't been making money for years before they got so courageous.

"Gabe Kaplan: My brave stance against the death tax has blacklisted me!"
 
2010-11-01 09:38:52 PM
The Great EZE: One of the greatest tricks Conservatives have pulled on America was convincing them they're somehow oppressed in Hollywood.

Particularly since the only Hollywood President was Reagan.
 
2010-11-01 09:39:13 PM
Does Drew Carey giving money to Ron Paul really count?
 
2010-11-01 10:03:18 PM
The Great EZE: violentsalvation: And the Democrats have 'corrupted' the rest of Hollywood

One of the greatest tricks Conservatives have pulled on America was convincing them they're somehow oppressed in Hollywood.


Talk to Sharon Lawrence of NYPD Blue. A lifelong Democrat, she was featured in a story in People magazine that was next to a story on the Republican National Convention. She got hate mail and insulted in public.

Makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin told columnist Liz Smith that he refuses to do the faces of Republican celebrities. "It would be like a Jew doing makeup for Eva Braun!"

Alec Baldwin "And I'm thinking to myself, if we were in other countries, we would all, right now, all of us together, all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death."
 
2010-11-01 10:14:53 PM
ArkAngel: The Great EZE: violentsalvation: And the Democrats have 'corrupted' the rest of Hollywood

One of the greatest tricks Conservatives have pulled on America was convincing them they're somehow oppressed in Hollywood.

Talk to Sharon Lawrence of NYPD Blue. A lifelong Democrat, she was featured in a story in People magazine that was next to a story on the Republican National Convention. She got hate mail and insulted in public.

Makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin told columnist Liz Smith that he refuses to do the faces of Republican celebrities. "It would be like a Jew doing makeup for Eva Braun!"

Alec Baldwin "And I'm thinking to myself, if we were in other countries, we would all, right now, all of us together, all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death."


Again, Conservatives with talent and decent agents aren't hurting for work. It's the ones who suck and/or have left the business years ago who are claiming some sort of persecution.

And if you want to go shot-for-shot, Craig T. Nelson (currently starring in Parenthood) and Scott Baio (about a relevant as some makeup artist) have reached Fark infamy for making asses of themselves and their party in public. Hollywood Republicans can hold their own, don't let them fool you.
 
2010-11-01 10:18:45 PM
ArkAngel:

Talk to Sharon Lawrence of NYPD Blue. A lifelong Democrat, she was featured in a story in People magazine that was next to a story on the Republican National Convention. She got hate mail and insulted in public.


Getting hatemail from idiots who read People is not the same as being oppressed in Hollywood

Makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin told columnist Liz Smith that he refuses to do the faces of Republican celebrities. "It would be like a Jew doing makeup for Eva Braun!"

Having one hyperbolic makeup artist does not mean being oppressed in Hollywood.

Alec Baldwin "And I'm thinking to myself, if we were in other countries, we would all, right now, all of us together, all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death."

Alec Baldwin being a loud, vapid partisan Democrat does not equal being oppressed in Hollywood.

You're one of those people who thinks that being told you're an idiot by someone else is a violation of your first amendment rights, aren't you?
 
2010-11-01 10:47:52 PM
"donating more than $100,000 since 1998."

Wow, condemning one-sided stuff that.

Good research by the way.
 
2010-11-01 10:50:30 PM
t3.gstatic.com

/Loves Jeopardy.
 
2010-11-01 11:03:15 PM
Trebek, on behalf of all Canadians, I am disappoint.
 
2010-11-01 11:04:04 PM
If you're a game show host in Hollywood with a career going nowhere, it's because you suck at everything else, not because you're a conservative.
 
2010-11-01 11:30:50 PM
suck it Trebek.
 
2010-11-01 11:58:01 PM
House of Tards:


You're one of those people who thinks that being told you're an idiot by someone else is a violation of your first amendment rights, aren't you?


Not in any way whatsoever. People have the rights to say what they want. My Democrat friends and enemies and Republican friends and enemies can attest to my support.

But Hollywood, along with San Francisco, is not a place where Republicanism thrives. For whatever reason, being a conservative there is about equal to being a gay man in Tehran - be prepared to dodge things thrown at you
 
2010-11-02 12:28:33 AM
ArkAngel:

But Hollywood, along with San Francisco, is not a place where Republicanism thrives. For whatever reason, being a conservative there is about equal to being a gay man in Tehran - be prepared to dodge things thrown at you


Yeah, angry email from fat housewives who can't read, a single over the top makeup guy and Alec Baldwin saying that Republicans should be tossed out on their ass is just like Tehran.

If Steven Spielberg says that he thinks Drew Carey has forgotten his Cleveland roots, it's just like the holocaust.
 
2010-11-02 02:56:03 AM
By what thought process does one arrive at the conclusion that game show hosts are good and noble? It is a mystery.
 
2010-11-02 03:33:04 AM
Aarontology: If you're a game show host in Hollywood with a career going nowhere, it's because you suck at everything else, not because you're a conservative.

Actually it means you've got a sweet deal. Sajak tapes maybe 5 episodes a day for about 3 weeks. If that. So that's 25 episodes a week. And all he does is be super-friendly to essentially panicked people and make sure they solve cross-word puzzles correctly.

Drew Carey is probably a conservative. He makes about $8 million a year teaching people to play Plinko.
 
2010-11-02 06:43:12 AM
FirstNationalBastard: Does Drew Carey giving money to Ron Paul really count?

It does to the drooling-idiot journolistas who can not comprehend that politics may be more than the one dimensional left-right, with-us or against-us version they present.

When you see the entire world as left-right, you must always deny the existence of up and down or any other direction.
 
2010-11-02 06:46:11 AM
ArkAngel: For whatever reason, being a conservative [in Hollywood] is about equal to being a gay man in Tehran

I guess that they are "about equal" in that only idiots think that they both don't exist.

/Nobody is throwing anything at conservatives in Hollywood. Quit being a hyperbolic douchebag.
 
2010-11-02 07:35:35 AM
Sajak let Rush Limbaugh host the Pat Sajak Show. I don't think anyone is surprised by this revelation.
 
2010-11-02 07:46:36 AM
The Great EZE: One of the greatest tricks Conservatives have pulled on America was convincing them they're somehow oppressed in Hollywood.

I don't think it's necessarily Conservatives that are being oppressed in Hollywood.

I think the oppression is more morals/values based (ie: religious) than political.

I'm speaking, of course, of Scientology. Conservatives are undoubtedly Christian, and I think it occurs more often than not that Christians get blackballed from Scientology-funded operations.

I also noticed that almost all members of this cult are from the non-jewish segment of Hollywood, and there may also be some friction there. Jews have a big tendency to always hire other Jews for their projects (nothing wrong with that, that's just what they do), which creates quite a sizable power bloc in Hollywood and might unwittingly ostracize non-Jews trying in vain for their big break. Scientology may have been attractive to the goyim for just this reason: To start their own bloc.

So you have these big blocs/cliques in Hollywood that simultaneously shun each other while propping each other up like sheaves of corn. Conservatives come in and assume that because they're not hired for any roles or invited to any parties is because they're conservative. Well, maybe, but I think its mostly because they're Christian....but more importantly, because they're not Scientologists and/or Jewish.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
 
2010-11-02 08:05:31 AM
tomWright: FirstNationalBastard: Does Drew Carey giving money to Ron Paul really count?

It does to the drooling-idiot journolistas who can not comprehend that politics may be more than the one dimensional left-right, with-us or against-us version they present.

When you see the entire world as left-right, you must always deny the existence of up and down or any other direction.




RON PAUL is a Republican. Which is what the article is about. Not left-right.
 
2010-11-02 08:14:48 AM
ROLF BENIRSCHKE?!

He's still alive? I'm shocked anyone remembered his pitiful stint on Wheel of Fortune.
 
2010-11-02 08:23:39 AM
Oh, this has been going on for at least 20 years...

host.mogal.org
 
2010-11-02 08:24:52 AM
tnpir: ROLF BENIRSCHKE?!

He's still alive? I'm shocked anyone remembered his pitiful stint on Wheel of Fortune.


I recall it. "Painful" would be a more appropriate word.
 
2010-11-02 08:24:55 AM
There's nothing more rugged and individual than blaming "the liberals" when you can't find work.
 
2010-11-02 08:35:48 AM
The Great EZE: Again, Conservatives with talent and decent agents aren't hurting for work. It's the ones who suck and/or have left the business years ago who are claiming some sort of persecution.

And if you want to go shot-for-shot, Craig T. Nelson (currently starring in Parenthood) and Scott Baio (about a relevant as some makeup artist) have reached Fark infamy for making asses of themselves and their party in public. Hollywood Republicans can hold their own, don't let them fool you.


If you want someone who will debate you, but not be an ass shooting his mouth off about it, you can go for Adam Baldwin (currently on Chuck).

Or if you want Republican tits, Patricia Heaton (The Middle).
 
2010-11-02 09:15:35 AM
dletter: tnpir: ROLF BENIRSCHKE?!

He's still alive? I'm shocked anyone remembered his pitiful stint on Wheel of Fortune.

I recall it. "Painful" would be a more appropriate word.


I seem to remember reading somewhere about Rolf's "greatest" moment on the show: after the game ended in a tie, he threw up his arms and said something like, "Well, I have absolutely no idea what to do now."

You have to wonder how on earth Merv Griffin thought a fourth-rate NFL kicking retread would make a good television personality. Plus his name was "Rolf."
 
2010-11-02 09:36:51 AM
OK. I counted 3-4 GOP GameShow Hosts , as opposed to two that contributed to Dems. SO the premise is sort of Bullshiat
 
2010-11-02 10:09:14 AM
The one to watch out for is Wayne Brady, because if you piss him off, he'll choke a biatch!
 
2010-11-02 10:29:01 AM
Wasn't Sajak a Pentagon wonk at one time?
 
2010-11-02 11:05:42 AM
Er, Drew Carey has stated on his twitter (many times) that he isn't republican.

he's never stated he's democrat, but he's stated he isn't republican.

He does seem to be conservative, though.
 
2010-11-02 11:22:46 AM
DarnoKonrad: tomWright: FirstNationalBastard: Does Drew Carey giving money to Ron Paul really count?

It does to the drooling-idiot journolistas who can not comprehend that politics may be more than the one dimensional left-right, with-us or against-us version they present.

When you see the entire world as left-right, you must always deny the existence of up and down or any other direction.

RON PAUL is a Republican. Which is what the article is about. Not left-right.


You sure about that?

With this, he cemented his place in one of the conservative movement's most elite and rarefied constituencies: right-wing game-show hosts...
...have regularly loaned their support and opened their wallets to right-wing candidates and causes...


So let's look a little closer at these right-wingers...

Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!, gave $3,000 to former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

Hagel, the well-known ranting right-winger probably the most respected Republican in recent memory. Wow, what controversy.

"I am a conservative thinker. My political choices usually follow that path," says John O'Hurley, a former host of Family Feud who donated more than $2,000 to Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign. "I am a strong believer in individual responsibility both in the quality of my actions and in setting the direction for my life."

"Those are my private views," he said. "Just because I am a celebrity, doesn't mean the that my opinions deserve to be celebrated. I am just another bozo on the bus."


Insane! Insane, I tell you!

Basically, our intrepid reporter Rebecca took two legit right-wing nutjob game show hosts (Sajak and Stein), thought to herself "hmm, there might be trend", didn't actually find one but was about to miss her deadline so she decided to lump in anyone else who wasn't a Democrat and label them all right-wingers.
 
2010-11-02 11:48:32 AM
tnpir: You have to wonder how on earth Merv Griffin thought a fourth-rate NFL kicking retread would make a good television personality. Plus his name was "Rolf."

Because it was the daytime version, aimed at housewives, and Rolf looks like this:

www.crohnjacolitis.fi

Merv must have been deaf, though. Coming out of that million-dollar face is a ten-cent voice.
 
2010-11-02 01:11:12 PM
BKITU: tnpir: You have to wonder how on earth Merv Griffin thought a fourth-rate NFL kicking retread would make a good television personality. Plus his name was "Rolf."

Because it was the daytime version, aimed at housewives, and Rolf looks like this:



Merv must have been deaf, though. Coming out of that million-dollar face is a ten-cent voice.


After that, NBC dropped the daytime version, and then CBS picked it up with Bob Goen, but, they really cheapened up the production.... I think the wheel had $50 wedges on it.
 
2010-11-02 01:17:28 PM
erewhon: Wasn't Sajak a Pentagon wonk at one time?

He was in the Army and had a show on Armed Forces Radio while in Vietnam in 1968.
 
2010-11-02 03:55:13 PM
Witchyman: erewhon: Wasn't Sajak a Pentagon wonk at one time?

He was in the Army and had a show on Armed Forces Radio while in Vietnam in 1968.


I have this idea he went on to bigger things and ended up in the Pentagon as a mid-level guy, not sure why, just one of those memory flashes...

...ah, yeah, he says he wasn't anything but had a really high security clearance 'for some reason', ETS'd from the Pentagon in 1970.

I remember it now from shooting the s--t with someone about that sort of thing, he not only was there but later was on the board of directors of some policy think tank, IIRC, although it's been so long I can't recall which or what.
 
2010-11-02 09:02:58 PM
Calling out a member in a headline

REPORTED
 
2010-11-03 09:47:12 AM
dletter: BKITU: tnpir: You have to wonder how on earth Merv Griffin thought a fourth-rate NFL kicking retread would make a good television personality. Plus his name was "Rolf."

Because it was the daytime version, aimed at housewives, and Rolf looks like this:



Merv must have been deaf, though. Coming out of that million-dollar face is a ten-cent voice.

After that, NBC dropped the daytime version, and then CBS picked it up with Bob Goen, but, they really cheapened up the production.... I think the wheel had $50 wedges on it.


You are right - they changed the first round top dollar value on the wheel to $500 with $50 and $75 wedges. It didn't last long before they went back to a minimum $100 on the wheel.

The Goen version wasn't bad, but like a lot of network game shows around that time, the prizes were too cheap compared to the relative economics of America to get excited about. Winning $5000 on Match Game in 1973 meant something - for many, that was like two years salary. Winning $5000 in 1993 is like getting a royal flush on a quarter machine in Vegas - nice, but hardly life changing, or even worth remembering.
 
2010-11-03 01:36:26 PM
tnpir: Winning $5000 on Match Game in 1973 meant something - for many, that was like two years salary.

About one year, actually (and not a very good salary at that -- about $24,000 in today's money), but your point stands.
 
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