BOZELL: TV Makers Can’t Stop Ripping Republicans
The world of television and how Hollywood delivers it keeps changing. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have become prestigious brands whose original programming draws a pile of Emmy nominations. In 2017, Netflix has received 91 Emmy nominations, second only to HBO’s 111. Hulu has 18 nominations, and Amazon has 16, just a few less than Fox’s 21.
But as much as technology changes, some things remain the same. The entertainment factories keep ripping on Republican politicians in the crudest terms. Hulu has created a sitcom called “Difficult People.” The characters are two unlikeable, self-absorbed stand-up comedians. In the new season, they’re taking out the political pitchforks.
One of the comedians, a gay man named Billy, mocks Vice President Mike Pence as a “failed prototype for one of those Japanese sex robots.” The ridiculous plot involves Billy pretending to participate in a new Pence program called Sixpence None the Gayer, where the federal government pays gay people $6,000 to become straight through electric shock therapy.
When Billy joins this purported Pence program to get the cash, a package arrives in the mail complete with beer, a “Make America Straight Again” hat and an electric shock therapy kit. Liberals have tried to insist Pence favored government funding of conversion therapy, pointing to a pledge on his 2000 campaign website that favors “assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” Lost on them is the irony — or hypocrisy, really — that they favor transgender people in the military or prison doing that very thing.
Billy also notices a new vice presidential seal on an envelope: a red, white and blue swastika. You see, stupid voters put Nazis in the White House.
“Difficult People” viciously mocks the Reagans, too. When an elderly man has trouble with a computer at work, a younger man complains, “I don’t need to watch you fumble around like Ronald Reagan.” Later, a sobriety sponsor for one of the comedians proclaims, “Nancy Reagan was an AIDS-ignoring monster.”
The Reagans ignoring AIDS is one of the sturdiest lies of the Hollywood left.
But that show looks like “Masterpiece Theater” next to Netflix’s comedy “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.” The show is based on an old movie about kids attending summer camp at Camp Firewood in 1981. It is set in 1991, and its plotters inserted former President Reagan boasting that he stole a nuclear weapon after he left office so he could blow up the summer camp. This is just too asinine to be funny.
And it gets more stupid by the minute. Reagan and then-President George H.W. Bush come to camp, and someone proposes — complete with a diorama — that instead of blowing up the camp they rebuild it as a Reagan tribute. Crazy Reagan throws the diorama on the floor and urinates on it. But that’s not enough. Then he defecates on it. That’s still not enough. He then makes President Bush defecate on it, because Bush did whatever Reagan ordered him to do. See?
On some TV shows the Reagan bashing is much more realistic. A recent episode of the FX series “Snowfall” — the feverish one trying to connect the explosion of crack cocaine in Los Angeles to Reagan backing the Nicaraguan resistance — had a scene in which a former Black Panther is throwing darts at a painted image of Reagan’s head. Imagine anyone in TV Land uncorking plots and visuals this mean-spirited on the Kennedys, the Clintons or the Obamas.
We know the left remains emotionally overwrought by the reality that Donald Trump was elected president, but its never-ending demonization of the Reagans shows that its anger never softens. Its bitterness never relents.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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Founder and president of the Media Research Center, Mr. Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Established in 1987, the MRC has made “media bias” a household term, tracking it daily and printing the compiled evidence biweekly in its well-known Notable Quotables, as well as the daily CyberAlert intelligence report on the Internet. His most recent book, Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will, was released in November 2007. His previous book, Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media, was released in July 2004.
In 1998, Mr. Bozell launched CNSNews.com, an online news service with an emphasis on investigative journalism. CNSNews.com has become a major Internet news source with a full staff of journalists in its Washington, D.C. metro bureau, with other correspondents around the world. In October 2006, Mr. Bozell founded the Culture and Media Institute (CMI), whose mission is to thwart the efforts of the liberal media to subvert America’s culture, character, traditional moral values and religious liberty. CMI complements the MRC’s Business and Media Institute (BMI), founded in 1992 to bring balance to economic reporting and to promote fair portrayal of the business community in the media.
Mr. Bozell has also launched a number of other websites under the MRC umbrella including www.mediaresearch.org, www.timeswatch.org, www.mrcaction.org and www.Newsbusters.org, a “blog” site that became one of the top 15 blog sites in America within two months of its launch in 2005.
Founder and former president of the Parents Television Council, Mr. Bozell established the largest Hollywood-based organization dedicated to restoring responsibility to the entertainment industry. The PTC at http://www.parentstv.org features the “Family Guide to Prime Time Television,” which aids parents in making informed viewing decisions for their children. PTC conducted the largest national newspaper ad campaign in history with late Honorary Chairman Steve Allen, and has mobilized almost one million parents and other concerned members behind its efforts.
Mr. Bozell is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears in publications such as Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Investors Business Daily and National Review. He is regularly invited to provide media expertise on news programs by all the major networks and cable affiliates. He is frequently invited to appear on Fox News Channel shows such as Fox & Friends, Hannity & Colmes and The O’Reilly Factor, and other appearances include NBC's Today show, CNN's Inside Politics and Larry King Live, ABC's Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CBN and Entertainment Tonight. He has appeared as a guest and guest host on hundreds of radio shows, from local talk shows to ABC Radio, NPR’s Morning Edition, the Michael Reagan Show and the Rush Limbaugh Show.
Named the 1998 Pew Memorial Lecturer by Grove City College, Mr. Bozell is a frequent speaking guest on school campuses and for civic and political organizations around the country.
Mr. Bozell received his B.A. in History from the University of Dallas, where he was named the 1998 Alumnus of the Year. He is married, with five children and two grandchildren.
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