Because often comments get lost or not noticed or read at all, I’m giving this particular comment a blog post of its own. I’ve only done that a couple times in the past because for one reason or another, I think they require attention. This is one of those times.
Mr. King writes that he feels ‘dispirited’ after reading so much misinformation and distortions on the web. I hope I have given him reason to feel differently.
I will start by saying: I won’t be snarky. I am the co-witer and co-creator of the episode in question. And I haven’t commented everywhere because virus-like this story has spread everywhere, and it’s very hard to chase down a viral confusion. It really lends some truth to the epigram: “a lie runs halfway around the world before the truth can get its shoes on.”
Having said that, I wish people would watch the episode in question. I know it seems like a lame justification, but the episode really is strangely a defense of Tea Party adherents. Most of the criticism of the episode has been taking the words of the obvious villain to be the meaning of the episode– when it’s actually the opposite.
Secondly, the “McVeigh” name given to the character played by Gary Cole is part of the point. In the 15th episode of the first year– an episode titled “Bang”– the character was introduced. And the liberal partner, Diane (as played by Christine Baranski) was prejudiced against McVeigh. The reason she was prejudiced was his name. So the name was the point. It’s not an attempt to sneak in some liberal propaganda (as I think some bloggers have suggested). It’s the point of the character. Diane judges a right-wing character based on his name, and then she, and the viewer, quickly realize he’s nothing like the character they expect.
It’s very hard to argue that now without seeming like an apologist. But look at the episode “Bang” from last year (you can find it on line) and then look at the episode “Silver Bullet” from this year. They are a defense of these character’s conservative values.
But anyway this has been an education for me– how the internet becomes a funhouse mirror of agendas and political opinions. It’s very dispiriting.
I hope you’ll give the show a chance. It’s not what you expect. Thank you.
You know, I don’t watch network tv. Never. It’s a waste of time. But CBS has a show called The Good Wife which apparently has a strong political bent. Such a bent that they now have a character who is a Tea Party member named Kurt McVeigh. And what images does that conjure up for you? What do you suppose is the message that these writers are trying to send?
I guess if Tea Partiers aren’t going to really bomb federal buildings and kill Americans in masse, then they will create the illusion for the American public of it happening.
According to this article at FoxNews, they have taken more than one jab at Sarah Palin and this is another – at her and at the Tea Party at large. As I write this I see that Megyn Kelly will be taking up this topic on her show today. I hope you watch.
It amazes me that people actually watch network television. By watching it, it’s being supported and shows like this are being supported also. I can’t picket CBS corporate headquarters, I live in Arizona and the only other way to send a message to the networks is by boycotts – something I don’t really like unless we are talking about The View. But somehow the message needs to get through to these Hollywood elites that America does not appreciate their vision of our citizens and our nation.
Letterman can say the basest things about Sarah Palin and her children and that’s okay.
If only Bristol were a lesbian – this late night moron would have been groveling to keep his job. It’s acceptable to attack a public person’s children, in some of the worst ways, but do NOT go after a person who lives an alternative lifestyle. The fires of hell will rain down on you! In a letter to Letterman and CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler, Human Rights Campaign called the bit “inappropriate and incendiary” and said it reflected “transphobia,” a fear or hatred of transgender people. Fox News
The left needs a cause and if that cause disappears (as the Viet Nam war did or as women’s rights mostly have) they have to find a filler.
Remember that famous quote by Bill Ayers at the end of the Viet Nam war?
“Is there life after war?” he lamented.
Yes, Bill, there’s life and a professorship, a home in the best part of Chicago and a good job at a top rated law firm for your wife, all after war and all in the capitalist nation that you hate.
And there’s always a new cause for you to glom onto.
Listen carefully. You will hear the roots of the current marxist cause – the green movement – in the next video:
And some added points of interest:
The Frankfurt School was funded by, among others, the Rockefeller Foundation, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), the American Jewish Committee, International Labor Organization, several different American intelligence agencies and a very high brow Beverly Hills psychotherapy clinic – the Hacker Institute.
It’s also interesting to note that Herbert Marcuse worked for the OSS during WWII and was a Soviet policy analyst during the McCarthy era. At the end of his days he returned to West Germany and helped found the environmental extremist Green Party.
Arlenearmy posted this as a comment and I don’t want it to be missed.
The vast majority of those tested came back negative for the h1n1 virus and then the states were ordered to stop testing.
Now it’s a NATIONAL EMERGENCY.
Don't come at my arm with that size needle! boy howdy!!!
I for one, will not be getting this shot. This whole thing smells too funny to me. I got the seasonal flu shot – free at work. I’ll be passing up the h1n1. This is more and more looking like a fabrication and Arlene provides us with more information in that direction.
My only warning: CBS had better watch out. Doing REAL journalism might get them black-balled next.