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How Hollywood Helped Shape The Election

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On "The Daily Show" last week, Jon Stewart spoke with self-satisfaction about his ability to land Barack Obama as a guest at a critical period just days before the presidential election. And then he ran a videotape that punctured his pride: Mario Lopez interviewing Obama days earlier for the showbiz show "Extra."

As absurd as it seems, it speaks to how far this presidential race has veered into pop culture backdrops.

Political observers scarcely bat an eye when candidates appear on such magazine shows (once reserved for tabloid tales and red-carpet regality), as solons have made the talk circuit part of their media gameplan.

As serious and momentous as this presidential election has been, the entertainment realm has shaped the campaign on a scale that could not have been imagined even four years ago.

Read the whole story at Variety