Friday, January 23, 2015

Pete Perry asks why Hollywood controls Jim Hood.

Pete Perry submitted this guest column about Jim Hood:

The North Koreans helped expose a lot of embarrassing emails from Sony Pictures executives ridiculing stars such as Adam Sandler and Angelina Jolie.

What you may not know is that they also exposed Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s secret back room deals with Big Hollywood. The emails show Hood is taking his legal cues from none other than the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Verge reports Jim Hood's ties to Hollywood.

Within the treasure trove of hacked Sony emails…MPAA lawyers have such control of our elected Attorney General that he actually was willing to send a letter placing legal demands on Google (MPAA’s adversary) that was drafted by MPAA’s counsel and virtually unchanged by Hood. In other words, Jim Hood seems to be in the pocket of Hollywood and MPAA.

Why? Why on earth would Jim Hood side with Hollywood? 

What’s in it for him? 

Is he looking for a client after he leaves public office? 

Did Hollywood give him thousands of dollars of campaign contributions? 

He claims companies like Google may be helping piracy on the Internet. Is he concerned that people are actually posting songs on their YouTube videos and this is a copyright infringement? Congress actually addressed this issue a few years ago with SOPA and PIPA But both were voted down by a bipartisan coalition in Congress largely because Americans have a bias for free speech. If he were just trying to keep children safe from bad actors on the Internet, I would support him; however, it appears for some strange reason he is willing to act as Hollywood’s very own Attorney General.

Most Americans are big fans of free expression on the Internet. The Internet does not need big brother government mucking up one of the fastest growing job creators in the country.

Hood has a reputation of being one of Mississippi’s toughest elected officials. One of his best campaign ads portrays him as a good old boy working in his garage. He’s a man’s man. No one tells him what to do. Right?

Who would have ever thought that the North Koreans would uncover Hollywood executives barking orders at Jim Hood? And, worse, Jim Hood obeying their directives.  He can claim he is right about Google, but I, for one, am embarrassed our Attorney General could be controlled by anyone, much less by Hollywood.


Anonymous said...

I'm no fan of Jim Hood. He [allegedly] funnels business to his cronies, claims he can't/won't prosecute [alleged] wrongdoers because they're like "family," [allegedly] threatens companies with criminal charges if they refuse civil settlements, and who knows [allegedly] what else.

But good grief, Pete. Get a clue on how the big boys fight policy battles at the federal level in the new millennium. State officials are routinely asked to join letters or send pre-drafted letters supporting some party's position on an issue, particularly now that national associations for the various state-level officials have raised their profiles.

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to beat up on Hood without grasping for straws like this.

Jim Hood = bad.
Jim Hood's letter backing the MPAA = just another day in Policyland.

Anonymous said...

The link to the verge article is not working.

Kingfish said...

Try it now.

Anonymous said...

What the drunk drivin', race baitin', vote buyin' Pete Perry won't tell you (but knows full well) is that Republicans do exactly the same:

Republicans [allegedly] funnels business to their cronies, Republicans claims they can't/won't prosecute [alleged] wrongdoers because they're like "family," Republicans [allegedly] threaten companies with criminal charges if they refuse civil settlements, and who knows [allegedly] what else Republicans do.

Anonymous said...

Pete must have cashed in some annuities recently because he seems to have way too much time on his hands.

This attack on the lone state wide Dem is about as obviously bubba pandering as makin the Holy Beye'ble the official book of MS.

You do your best smear jobs behind the scenes Pete--this subject is too complicated for you to comprehend.

Anonymous said...

Perry's Pot calls Hood's Kettle black? ROFLMAO Outside of the rapidly dying off group of aging white GOPers in NEJackson Pete Perry has no constituency and even less credibility.

Anonymous said...

Is Pete as equally interested to know why so many clients of the Barbour influence peddlers are getting contracts from the Republican Brownback administratin in Kansas?

Anonymous said...

Don't care who brought it to light, it is what it is and the facts back that up. Glad someone is calling him out. HIS letter was almost word for word what their lobbyist sent him. If that's not a problem to you, there's some soul searching that needs to go on.

Anonymous said...

this should be no surprise that Jim Hood wants to sue Google. He has a long history of working with his trial lawyer buddies to help them make big money. I guess he picked the Hollywood studios over Google on this one. And i am sure they have better lawyers, so Hood I am sure thinks he is saving the State money by regurgitating their legalese.

Anonymous said...

Don't care who brought it to light but Haley Barbour's lobbying for abusive dictatorships like that in Kazakhstan and Gambia is what it is and the facts back that up. If that's not a problem to you, there's some soul searching that needs to go on.

Anonymous said...

1152, maybe true, don't know other than your claim. But this thread was about specific, identified misuse of state government law enforcement duties by an elected official. You might not like Barbour (or Perry for that matter) but Barbour's lobbying is as an individual. He is not using my tax dollars, suing a private company in order to try to force a settlement between two private companies by threatening the use of his criminal authorities.

Don't like Barbour and who he lobbies for? Then right it up and post it. Frankly, I'm glad that Hood has been brought out for his misuse of his 'current', 'public office'. Neither of which apply to your attempt at a reply.

Anonymous said...

"Brought out" for misuse? BFD. Perry is only barfing up a story that has already been in the press for a month.

Find Our Voice said...

Kingfish! Stop it! Please use your usual screen name when posting. Um-thanks.

Your Stupid Voice said...

6:40 PM! Stop it! Please. He does use his screen name when posting. Um-thanks.

Anonymous said...

This really does seem to be much ado about nothing.

First of all, piracy is a legitimate concern.

Secondly, the State of Mississippi does want to continue to attract the film industry so supporting a legitimate concern of that industry seems actually rather smart.

And, last, it's hardly a shocker that industries support the campaigns of those they feel will support them on some issues or to buy a " listen".

This is getting too close to those posts on FB telling those who don't understand "impeachment" that Obama will be arrested for crimes and is going to jail. They don't get he has to be impeached first and then the odds of a pardon are extremely high unless he's caught with a bloody knife in his hand after a murder!

There is nothing unusual or sinister about this , Pete and you know it.

I think Hood is unsuited for the job he has but this isn't how to demonstrate that.

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