The NY Times front-pages a fundraising appeal for the Obama SuperPACs, warning the faithful that the Republicans are raising more money.
Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting the president’s re-election, will report $2 million in February donations, group officials said, including $1 million from the television host Bill Maher. Those amounts are substantial for Priorities USA and a related group, which together raised about $6.1 million through the end of 2011.
Mr. Maher said he had decided to contribute to Priorities USA after attending the Grammys in mid-February and being told by several Hollywood friends that the election was “in the bag” for Mr. Obama.
“One reason I was doing this was to try to throw a snowball and create an avalanche among rich people on the left,” said Mr. Maher, who did not inform Priorities USA of his plans before announcing the donation.
That's all Times readers need to know - start your own snowball.
The Times is in a bit of a quandary here. If they acknowledge the Maher controversy they will set a precedent for future coverage. If Team Obama succeeds in opening the spigots of the entertainment industry there is sure to be a clown car of thug rappers and foul-mouthed fools for the Times to avoid covering. Rather than show some commitment by defending free speech or free association (and ignoring Obama's 'What would I say to Sasha and Malia' explanation for attacking Rush Limbaugh) the self-styled Paper of Record has elected to move on.
Sasha and Malia will never know the sort of people their dad takes money from, if they rely on the Times.
FULL DISCLOSURE: Back in 2007 Obama explained that we are all complicit in the coarsening of our culture. I have done my part by apologizing and returning the money Bill Maher gave to this blog. Still waiting for Barack...