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‘UNDEFEATED’ UNDEFEATED

“The Undefeated,” an independent film chronicling the political career of Sarah Palin, got a test run in 10 midsize theaters over the weekend, accompanied by shrill news coverage claiming the public was absent from the screenings, the critics vicious, the reception chilly. The truth: The movie had a respectable showing, and a wider distribution is planned later this month.

“The film had a stronger opening than expected with the large markets trending towards weekend per-screen averages above $10,000, driven by multiple sold-out runs,” says distributor ARC Entertainment, which rushed the biographical movie to the few theaters in record time, marketed almost “entirely through social media and grass-roots efforts,” with “virtually” no traditional advertising or media spending.

“We are extremely pleased with the audience reaction, which has been over-the-top enthusiastic and very passionate, including standing ovations at most screenings,” says CEO Trevor Drinkwater. “We expect word of mouth to keep ticket sales strong, and we will definitely expand the film to a wider national audience.”

UNCONVINCED REPUBLICANS

Memo to Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Rudolph W. Giuliani , Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other potential Republican presidential hopefuls who linger near the campaign trail, tantalizing but elusive about their intentions. Hey. Not to worry. Six out of 10 Republican voters — 58 percent — don’t have a preference yet for the 2012 presidential nomination. They simply have “no opinion” and “can’t name a favorite,” says a Gallup poll released Friday.

That is the highest percentage of “no opinion” responses the pollster has found at comparable points in prior GOP nomination contests in 32 years.

“Rank-and-file Republicans do not appear to be highly tuned in to the party’s nomination campaign at this point, as most are not able to state a preference for their party’s 2012 presidential candidate,” says Gallup analyst Jeffrey M. Jones, who adds, “It is clear from available data that the race is wide open.”

WHITE HOUSE MYTHOLOGY

The White House claims Americans want the debt ceiling raised and that 80 percent of the public is comfortable with tax hikes to make ends meet. Opinion polls from major researchers, however, consistently have revealed otherwise. Why does this happen? Easy. The mainstream media is supporting President Obama’s talking points.

Assorted polls — we’re talking Associated Press, Rasmussen Reports and more — have “registered significant worry about federal debt and opposition to an increase in the debt ceiling. But ABC, CBS and NBC coverage of the debt-limit battle being waged on Capitol Hill has not reflected that fact,” says Julia A. Seymour, an analyst for the Business Media Institute, who actually studied the coverage.

“Out of 45 reports on the broadcast networks’ evening news programs between June 16 and July 12, only one mentioned a poll that showed public opposition to raising the debt ceiling. That’s a mere 2 percent of reports,” she says. “The network’s willingness to ignore public opinion on the issue is shocking, given the poll numbers.”

See the report here: www.mrc.org/bmi

BUMPER PATROL

Obama abrogandum est!”

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