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Oh no Power Rangers! Kids' show creator embroiled in Congressional scandal

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 29th 2009 11:03AM
The original Mighty Morphin Power RangersJournalist Hunter S. Thompson once said about his strange work schedule, "I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours."

It turns out he was right. The truth is told on Saturday mornings.

Haim Saban, one of the founders of Saban Entertainment and creator of kids shows such as the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, has become one of the principal players in a Congressional scandal involving such high-profile names as U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The New York Times reported that an unidentified lobbyist was overheard using Saban's name in a phone call with Rep. Harman as an incentive to abuse her influence on intelligence and justice matters. The story was based on revelations from Congressional Quarterly that Harman was being monitored by the National Security Agency (motto: I'm listening).

The lobbyist wanted Harman, the then-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee with hopes of becoming the committee's chairwoman, to intervene with the Justice Department on behalf of two American Israel Public Affairs Committee members accused of espionage. Analysts Steven Rosen and Keith Weismann stood accused of sharing "information about Iran and Iraq they had learned from talking to high-level United States policy makers" with journalists and Israeli Embassy officials.

The lobbyist then used Saban's political contributions as leverage to get Harman to cooperate. They said Saban, an Israeli-American and one of the biggest financial supporters of several pro-Israel movements and politicians, would pull his campaign contribution from Pelosi's re-election campaign if Pelosi failed to appoint her to the Intelligence chair.

I smell the dirty, long finger-nailed hand of Rita Repulsa behind this.

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Saban is a genius, btw, even if we disagree politically. He basically came up with an idea to only have to program 7 minutes of live action footage out of a 22 minute television program, simply buying and re-using 15 minutes of Japanese footage from Super Sentai. Thus he gets all the money of a hit kids show at a fraction of the production costs. By turning over the actors every year he also keeps interest consistent at the target demographic level and the pay of the actors remains low.


April 29 2009 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Argus's comment

Rita and Zed are not dead. When Zordon asked the Red Ranger to kill him it released a wave of energy that turned everything in it's path to good including Rita and Zed.

April 29 2009 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

First of all, the villanesse character, Rita Rapolsa
is dead, and I've been watching Power Rangers
long enough to know this to be true. Second,
I hope Power Rangers continues to air on ABC,
even if the show is under another company
after Saban Entertainment. Ai-yi-yi-yi-yi!

April 29 2009 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Richard Ott's comment

Saban no longer owns the rights to POWER RANGERS. It was part of the package Disney got when they bought the FOX FAMILY CHANNEL.

April 29 2009 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well, that was really unexpected. i had no idea that guy was so political.

April 29 2009 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder how this is going to affect the Pink Ranger's performance on Flashpoint?

April 29 2009 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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