COLUMN: Remember When Television Was Entertaining?
For those who have visited Florida’s Walt Disney World, there is an attraction at the Magic Kingdom called the Carousel of Progress, a tribute to an original attraction Walt made for the New York World’s Fair in 1964. There, you’ll find a scene set in the 40’s where the narrator reads:
But we do have television—when it works. Gives you something to do after you come home. I kinda like it, y’know? Guy named John Cameron Swayze gives us all the news, and then they have all this singing and dancing. A lot of fluff, but it’s fun.
Well, American television has come a long way since then, but not in a good way.
As repeatedly demonstrated in this space, the Disney-ABC Television Group has taken a sharp turn to the left ever since ABC News chief and Soros-lackey Ben Sherwood took over the whole division back in 2014. Now it’s in trouble, as they have announced they will be laying off 200 staffers as a result of their struggles. Most of them working at ABC’s entertainment division according to Variety. It is not yet known whether or not ABC News will be affected by the layoffs.
There is no question that the network and partner ESPN have been suffering horribly from the issue of cord-cutting and moving on to streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. However, alienating viewers with in-your-face political pandering won’t address the problem. Recently in the Halloween-themed episode of a sitcom called The Mayor, there was a gooey tribute to Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Calif.):
Valentina: Do you want to get some candy? I love connecting with youth.
Dina: Happy City Hall-oween!
Courtney Ma, this is great! It’s exactly how I remember, you know, just bigger, and I’m the mayor. I never got to thank you for what you did back in the day.
Dina: Oh, that’s enough. Okay. Now, if you excuse me, I got to go, uh, give these kids some nightmares. Put ’em all in therapy.
Courtney: How you supposed to scare anyone dressed like Phylicia Rashad?
Dina: Boy, I am not Phylicia Rashad. Who am I?
Courtney: Clair Huxtable.
Dina: I am the mighty Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Courtney: No one’s ever gonna get that.
Jermaine: Whoa, Maxine Waters, look out! She’s about to reclaim her time!
Dina: Haha! Reclaiming my time!
Jermaine: Stop spinning me so hard.
T.K.: [ Laughs ] Hashtag — addictive.
There’s something very disturbing about the television division of a major corporation like Disney allowing its operations to use their scripted shows to spew out unrelenting liberal propaganda – even on their tween-oriented Disney Channel platform with its upcoming gay teen storyline on the show Andi Mack, and call average Americans racist, stupid, or any name under the sun just because they support a sitting president like Donald Trump and oppose things such as open borders. In fact, this should have longtime shareholders extremely concerned about the Mouse House.
Think about it. People just want to be entertained after work and yet, after a massive sex scandal surrounding a powerful megaproducer, television producers such as ABC continue to force-feed their progressive worldview on unsuspecting viewers. In the process, they lose sight of Walt Disney’s original vision of clean, family-friendly television. It’s unbelievable.
And it’s not just ABC going after conservatives. This past Sunday, a police drama on CBS called Wisdom of the Crowd revealed its far-left, pro-amnesty politics to viewers.
This is just wrong on so many levels, Considering this is the network that’s also home to NCIS and Blue Bloods, this propaganda is particularly disturbing and openly attacking its Middle America audience responsible for making it the most-watched television network in the country. The network’s news division is already as far-left as they go, and now with this Wisdom of the Crowd episode, it’s been proven that their scripted programming can go even lower with vicious Orwellian propaganda.
Like the NFL with its ongoing national anthem controversy, the broadcast networks and their cable offsprings should know that droves of viewers are those in rural and suburban areas who voted for Donald Trump, especially the manliest of good-ole-boys who hang out with their guys, drink Budweiser, and own the toughest pick-up trucks available. But it seems that they – especially CBS – are more interested in catering to social justice warriors on college campuses who want their safe spaces and still want to color in coloring books nowadays, just like a majority of those “hip” and “cool” shows that air on streaming services.
And you wonder why a favorite channel among red-state voters is named after a greeting card manufacturer of all things.