“This is not the Obama Network, There’s no political slant to the programming.” – Ted Sarandos, COO of Netflix.
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama have acquired the rights to author Michael Lewis’ book The Fifth Risk, a so-called warning about the far-reaching ramifications of the Trump presidency, to make it into a Netflix series according to Deadline Hollywood. While the project is being sold as a series ‘to help people better understand the inner workings of the government’, the reality is The Fifth Risk is described as a look at the chaos and mismanagement of the handoff from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. The book features many Obama administration officials who claim that the Trump Administration officials were greatly unqualified for their positions. The project includes former Energy Department’s chief risk officer John MacWilliams, who claims the Trump Administration could lead to a nuclear-weapons accident, a potential conflict with North Korea or Iran, or an attack on the U.S. electrical grid.
While the direction of this project certainly looks to be political, the project goes against what Netflix COO Ted Sarandos said back in May when the Obamas announced their Netflix production deal. “President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for the streaming platform, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features,” a statement from Netflix read.
The promise was “The Obamas Will Keep Politics Out of Their Netflix Productions” when there was worry that the Obamas were essentially going to turn the streaming service into a platform for left-wing politics. Sarandos (who is a Democrat and whose wife Nicole Avant, served under Obama as the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas) when asked what he would say to Republicans about Netflix’s seeming push to the political left including the appointment of former Obama adviser Susan Rice to its board, Sarandos responded
“Um, wait for the programming,”
It’s almost as if the whole thing was a lie…