on the 20th Century
The Liberty List
From the Attic
Bushisms from Slate.com
Posted 20 Nov. 2003
My intention was to write a column this month, as the
time is long overdue for me once again to become a regular contributor
to my own website. But alas, I am still covered up in work, and
now my software is on the blink; so a long, involved thinkpiece is out
of the question.
Still, there are a few things that I need to get off my
chest, so here goes:
CBS recently hit another milestone in its long
degeneration from the Tiffany Network to the Wal-Mart Channel,
president Leslie Moonves knuckled under to right-wing pressure and
pulled Their much-touted miniseries The Reagans, claiming that he
had reviewed it in light of conservative criticism and found that it
did, indeed, contain biases. What? A miniseries that does
not represent persons and events with historical accuracy? Say it
ain't so, Les!
Funny how Mr. Moonves has no trouble locating his sense
of decency when his programs offend people of wealth and influence, but
can't seem to find it with a map when ordinary Americans ask him to
produce it. Although his network has placed The Real Beverly
Hillbillies -- a revolting project that sought to poke fun at rural
Appalachians in the name of "reality programming" -- on the back burner,
Moonves still refuses to kill the program. Thousands of people
complained about the proposed series through letters, phone calls,
online petitions, etc., and I suspect that complaints from the local
networks affiliates in the south finally got the network to table the
series; yet to my knowledge, there have been no attempts to pawn it off
on Showtime -- which means that it could still rear its ugly head
during some future sweep period. Perhaps it'll replace the next
series that the right wing complains about.
But then, who knows what goes through the tiny reptilian
brains of network execs? Perhaps Moonves meant pulling The
Reagans to be a concession to the "red states" of the Southeast, in
the belief that we all want to see Ronnie's pompadoured visage added to
Mount Rushmore. I've got news for you, Les: the region at
which you are so anxious to poke fun is full of coalfield Democrats,
independents, and centrist Republicans who have about as much use for
right-wing culture wars as they have for two-faced Hollywood types who
seek to exploit them.
In other news ...
Let's see ... Geo. W. Bush wants
to rebuild public education, guarantee free elections, construct modern
power grids, and pay teachers and police officers respectable salaries
-- in Iraq. Is it too much to ask that those things be done here
If you think that's in poor taste,
keep in mind that their first choice was to take a multi-generational
group of low-income rural Americans and send them into the Iraqi desert
with wrong directions and faulty weapons. But network execs
scrapped the idea after discovering that it had already been done -- by
the U.S. government.
And so the farce continues.
Sadly, most of us don't seem to mind.
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