Netflix Content Chief Claims Obama Won’t Add ‘Political Slant’ To Service

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Netflix’s content chief assured users on Tuesday that former president Barack Obama will not add a “political slant” to the streaming service.


Netflix announced last week that they were signing a contract with Barack and Michelle Obama for content creation. Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos tried to assuage fears that the service is becoming too left-leaning during an event on Tuesday. (RELATED: The Obamas Sign Contract With Netflix)

“You’re a Democrat, your wife is a Democrat, Susan Rice just joined your board — Obama’s national security adviser,” the moderator of the event noted. “You just signed a contract with the Obamas.”

“What do you say to a Republican who says, ‘Netflix is too blue?'” the moderator asked.

“The…deal we made with the president and Michelle is for entertainment programming — they’re making scripted films and series, some unscripted documentary-style, lifestyle programming,” Sarandos responded. “This is not the Obama network, this is not the ESPN — er, MSNBC shift.”

“There’s no political slant,” he added, before admitting that there is already a “left lean” to the “creative community.”

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