CBS’s King: Obama’s Netflix Deal Celebrates the 'Triumph of the Human Spirit'

NewsBusters | 8/21/2019 | Staff
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Democratic donor and CBS This Morning host Gayle King on Wednesday gushed over the new production company started by Barack and Michelle Obama. Talking about their company Higher Ground and its new Netflix movie American Factory.

Speaking as though she was blurbing a movie poster, King cheered, “They don't call their company Higher Ground for nothing. They want to do something that celebrates our core values as a country, and certainly celebrates the struggle and the triumph of the human spirit. I can’t wait to see it.” It always needs to be pointed out, King has vacationed with the Obamas, so she’s not exactly neutral on the two Democrats.

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Co-host Tony Dokoupil also promoted the production company and the new documentary: “[It] helps people get outside themselves. I love that. And if people want to check it out, American Factory is streaming now on Netflix.”

Writing about American Factory, Politico’s Ted Johnson explained:

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The documentary, which debuts on Netflix on August 21, never mentions President Donald Trump by name—but its message is clear: Trump’s promise to reinvigorate the industrial heartland is going to take a lot more than a campaign slogan. There are no easy solutions. And if some manufacturing jobs do come back, they’re going to look nothing like they used to. Americans will have to accept a new reality to stay competitive in the global marketplace—one that they might not like, and one that Trump doesn’t acknowledge.

A transcript of the segment is below:

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ANTHONY MASON: Overnight, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama released their first documentary on Netflix. American Factory is the first film from the Obamas' production company Higher Ground. It takes viewers inside a Chinese...
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