Warner Music Group, one of the music industry's Big Five labels, enters national politics today by slapping get-out-and-vote stickers on millions of CDs and DVDs being shipped for sale between now and the Nov. 2 election. The company also will urge record buyers to vote on Warner radio and television ads touting new album releases and has set up a Web site, vote.wmg.com, with links to election and party sites.
The effort is the brainchild of Lyor Cohen, Warner's recorded-music chairman and self-admitted political neophyte, and is advertised as nonpartisan in nature. Cohen has donated $1,000 each to two Democrats this year (Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont) and $500 to a Republican, Rep. James F. Sensenbrenner Jr. (Wis.), according to the Federal Election Commission.
Cohen's boss, Warner chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr., generally gives to Democrats and has donated $4,000 to John F. Kerry's campaign. He recently appeared on a list of entertainment moguls endorsing Kerry. (Bronfman gave $1,000 each to the 2000 campaigns of George W. Bush and Al Gore.)
MoveOn.Org Blasts Gallup Poll
You know it's almost November when the pollsters are under attack.
The liberal group MoveOn.org has taken out a newspaper ad accusing the folks behind the Gallup poll of ignoring a "longstanding problem" with their methodology, which MoveOn.org said favors President Bush. "If John Kerry believed in the Gallup poll, he might as well give up," the group said in an ad published yesterday in the New York Times.
MoveOn.org said Gallup has consistently given Bush a much larger lead than other surveys on the presidential race -- and blamed the widely noted pollster's sampling technique, which it said overrepresents Republicans.
"It's a problem because they report these dramatic numbers, and then the media tend to report the dramatic numbers uncritically and it makes the headlines, even if 90 percent of the other polls say something different," said Peter Schurman, MoveOn.org's executive director. The Gallup Organization, which gave Bush an eight-point lead in its most recent survey -- a number not out of line with those in several other recent polls -- defended its technique. "The same methodology that we are using now, we used last presidential election and the presidential election before that and the one before that," spokesman Eric Nielsen said. "We have a very accurate record."
Nader Off Ohio Ballot
Ohio elections officials kicked independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader off the state's Nov. 2 ballot yesterday, citing irregularities in his petitions. His spokesman said he would challenge the decision in court. Elsewhere, New Mexico's Supreme Court added Nader to that state's ballot and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last-ditch effort to get on the Oregon ballot.
Favorite Son Loses Favor
President Bush's hometown newspaper has endorsed his rival.
The Lone Star Iconoclast, a tiny weekly newspaper covering Crawford, Tex., announced in an editorial dated today that it is backing Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry.
The paper said the Bush administration's "mistakes" in Iraq, along with its efforts to "disable" Social Security, the "deteriorating" economy and "a dangerous shift away from the basic freedoms established by our founding fathers" all led it to the Kerry camp, the Associated Press reported.
The paper, which has a circulation of 425, backed Bush in 2000.