Hollywood is continuing its pandering to Democrats. This past Sunday they pandered to the Obamas by handing the former first couple an Oscar for their first documentary, American Factory. It’s a documentary about a car manufacturing plant in Ohio that was bought out by a Chinese billionaire. It shows the struggles blue collar American workers face.
But the film fails to mention that it was the ex-president who played a leading role in displacing the Ohio autoworkers. Although Joaquin Phoenix walked away with the 92nd Academy Award for Best Actor for his origins role as Batman’s nemesis the Joker, Obama managed to hide his eight years of villainy toward American workers.
The documentary feature was created by the Obamas’ High Ground production company as a propaganda piece for Netflix. The film takes a fly-on-the-wall perspective about the trials and tribulations of workers at a General Motors plant that closes. A Chinese billionaire reopen the plant for a span and that time period is the focus of the film.
Nowhere in the film does it note that the Obama administration was in charge when more than 2 million manufacturing jobs more lost, even though the recession ended six months into his first term.
The Higher Ground documentary focuses on sidebar cultural differences and wage disputes between American workers and the Chinese billionaire who takes control of the Moraine, Ohio, facility. The narrative mirrors the ex-president’s defeatist attitude that claimed American manufacturing jobs were gone for good.
“Its lack of focus following a Chinese manufacturer’s takeover of a former General Motors plant in Ohio — a move that fails to relieve working-class anxieties but, instead, predicts job-market doom,” the NY Post wrote of American Factory.
Obama routinely mocked President Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election, infamously saying Trump would need a “magic wand” to bring manufacturing jobs back. But what can only be viewed as a lie by omission, the film does not mention the fact Obama handed the auto industry a bailout and a deal that favored other unions, putting workers at the Moraine plant at a disadvantage.
“It’s a fascinating and at times moving film. What’s interesting about it, though, is that it never once alludes to the part Mr. Obama played in diminishing the ability of Moraine’s laid-off workers to transfer to other GM plants. The president’s role wasn’t indirect and isn’t a matter of dispute: His administration’s bailout deal for GM included a backroom exclusive agreement with the United Auto Workers,” Ohio Rep. Mike Turner wrote in the Wall Street Journal noted.
“The hypocrisy of this Obama-backed film is astounding. Mr. Obama fails to acknowledge his direct role in creating the hardships the Moraine workers weathered. He had nothing whatsoever to do with the plant’s reopening — that was all the work of state and local officials and community leaders.”
Rep. Turner, the former mayor of nearby Dayton, Ohio, is livid that Obama continues to be honored for devastating the lives of working families in these communities.
“How does a nearly two-hour film telling the story of these workers fail even to mention the direct role the co-owner of the film’s production company played in creating their hardships,” Rep. Turner reportedly said. “Did the filmmakers think no one would remember?”
Turner also went on the record stating that it was his efforts with Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown that brokered a deal with the Chinese to reopen the plant. Obama played no role except for that of the back-stabbing president who put thousands of American families on the unemployment lines.
Perhaps Rep. Turner stated it best when trashing American Factory for being false propaganda that hides Obama’s treachery, “To put the point bluntly: If the president had his way, there would have been no plant to make a documentary about. American Factory would have been Abandoned Parking Lot.”