Hollywood Mogul Katzenberg Rails Against Tea Party’s ‘Extremism’

A reminder this week Hollywood moguls aren’t just enthralled with Barack Obama. They are also ideological liberals who have disgust for conservatives and are especially enraged by the Tea Party’s success.

Explaining his $2 million donation to a left-wing political action committee, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told USA Today he was motivated by how “outside Republican spending in 2010 led to the election of ‘Republican extremists.’”

He warned: “The stakes are too high for us to simply allow the extremism of a small but well-funded right wing minority to go unchallenged.”

Priorities USA Action is the “super PAC” founded by former Obama Deputy Press Secretary Bill Clinton and ex-Clinton operative/CNN contributor Paul Begala. Back in 1994 Katzenberg was a founder, with Stephen Spielberg, of the DreamWorks Studios production house.

In an August 4 front page article, “A dozen donors account for bulk of 'super PAC' money,” USA Today reporters Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars relayed:

....DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg led the way among Democrats, giving $2 million in May to Priorities USA Action, a group run by former Obama aides....

In an e-mail, Katzenberg said outside Republican spending in 2010 led to the election of “Republican extremists” who he said took the nation to the edge of default in the recent debt-ceiling showdown. “The stakes are too high for us to simply allow the extremism of a small but well-funded right wing minority to go unchallenged,” he said....

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center