After the coffee. Before deciding if I'm supposed to feel guilty watching "Honey Boo Boo."
The Skinny: We are definitely in the dog days of August. Not a lot going on right now. Thursday's headlines include a look at big media's political contributions, Disney's environmental issues and what watching TLC's "Honey Boo Boo" says about us.
Daily Dose: Netflix is getting more movies. The streaming service has signed a deal with RADiUS-TWC, the distribution arm the Weinstein Company. Among the titles Netflix is getting are the comedy "Bachelorette," "Butter," "Only God Forgives" and "The Details."
Something in the water? Walt Disney Co. is being probed by federal and state regulators who fear the air-conditioning system at the media giant's Burbank headquarters had a part in contaminating groundwater in the San Fernando Valley with chromium 6, a heavy metal that can cause cancer. This is a little too complicated of a story for me to digest at this hour, so let's make it simple: Disney is being investigated to see if its air-conditioning system is doing bad things to the environment. Details from the Los Angeles Times.
Follow the money. News Corp., Comcast, Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc. are betting on President Obama in the upcoming election. The New York Times, citing the nonprofit research group Center for Responsive Politics, noted that the big media companies have contributed far more to Obama than to Mitt Romney. Given that the heads of many media companies lean left, this is not too surprising. While News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch may spend his own money backing republicans, the corporate money is mostly aimed at democrats.