Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recently went on a rampage against what he calls the “right wing media” on HuffPost Live. One of his claims is that Republicans “are the only ones that have their own (TV) network.”
Has Mr. Kennedy not seen television in the last four decades or so? Even the Hollywood Reporter admitted that TV executives “push a liberal agenda”. Does Mr. Kennedy honestly think that anything on cable or network television is slanted any direction other than extreme left? Yes, we rule in talk radio, but other than Fox News, that’s all we’ve got.
The only part of Kennedy’s statement that I completely agree with is that the media has “divided our country in a way that we haven’t been divided probably since the Civil War.” Yes, it certainly has and the reason people like Kennedy are freaking out is because our side is finally awake and speaking out—strongly—against the very biased mainstream media. They simply hadn’t counted on all of us figuring out that their progressive agenda has been pushed and shoved into our televisions for so long. And yet in Backwards Land where Kennedy seems to exist, he believes this “right wing media” has influenced voters.
“Its empowered large corporations to get certain kinds of politicians and ideologues who are in the United State Congress elected — the Tea Party ideologues who control the Republican Party,” Kennedy said. (Yeah, we did so well in this last election…)
Funny, according to famous producer Susan Harris (Soap, Golden Girls), it’s the opposite. “At least, you know, we put Obama in office, and so people, I think, are getting – have gotten – a little bit smarter,” Harris said.
Mr. Kennedy, since I’m not watching television anymore I had to enlist one of my TV-watching friends to update me on several “regular” television programs. Forget proving that the mainstream news is biased—we don’t even need to go there because anyone with half a brain knows what they’re trying to express to the world (i.e. “Republicans = Bad, Democrats = Good”). Instead, here are two examples of seemingly innocuous sitcoms, both labeled “family shows” and I’ll leave it to you to decide if these shows are part of the “right wing media” or progressive.
The Office, NBC: This season, the funny gay character “Oscar” is having an affair with officemate Angela’s State Senator husband. So what’s especially “funny” about two men having a secret affair? (Get ready to laugh…) Because “Angela” is an evil, uptight Republican! If you don’t think that’s funny on its own, throw in the fact that Angela and her husband also recently had a baby so there’s also a child in this wacky mix! HA-HA-HA, right??!
Modern Family, ABC: Last season “Cam” and “Mitchell”, the (truly) hilarious gay couple in this “family sitcom”, adopted a baby girl and are now making plans to adopt a baby boy. To prove what good, decent parents they will be, in a recent episode one of their gay friends (played by actor Matthew Broderick) was at the home of a man who he learned was married with children. Cam was on the phone with his nervous friend, encouraging him to “go for it”, advising him about how to tell if the married man was “ready” to have sex with him. For the sake of argument, let’s leave out the gay part entirely—how funny is it that a man is encouraging his friend to have sex with a married person? Imagine what would have happened if one of the man’s children came home early–can you imagine the slapstick hysterics that would have ensued with that scenario? Lol?
These are sitcoms—imagine the message/agenda the “serious” shows are pushing. There are, of course, many other TV shows I could synopsize for you here to push my point but I think you get the gist.
Author and radio host Ben Shapiro wrote what I consider one of the most important books of 2011 called “Primetime Propaganda: The True Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV”. If you haven’t read it already, please make sure you do so. You’ll probably be as shocked as I was that even the most “innocent” TV shows—such as The Partridge Family and Sesame Street—were/are greatly influenced by the liberal agenda.
So Robert Kennedy Jr., please do a little more research before you make such outrageous claims. We Conservatives definitely do not rule television; never have, and the way things are heading we probably never will.