Friday, January 08, 2010

Unmitigated Arrogance

I love good television shows, and the USA Network--- owned by Universal Studios, the same company that owns NBC --- has an abundance of them.

It's a real pity that network executives insist upon using their entertainment as a vehicle for their ideological agenda. First, it was a "green" agenda, not talked about much lately in light of the fraud scandal out of the University of East Anglia. Lately, it's been more about "I'm a character," with various stars from various shows, mentioning one unique characteristic regarding themselves. One even says (surprise!) "I'm a Democrat."

Still waiting to hear one of them identify him or herself as a Republican.

Obviously, it's their right, but some of their commentary is so absurd as to induce nausea. Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw has a vehicle, something about life along US Route 50 (which runs from Annapolis, Maryland, to Sacramento, California). What is most interesting is how it's pitched: stories about America "at its most historic time."

"Most historic time"!?!?! Who do they think they're kidding? More historic than the Revolution? Unless they believe or hope that we are in the midst of a socialist revolution --- might be some merit to this --- probably not. More historic than the Civil War? World War II? Man's --- an American's --- first landing on the Moon?

Of course, it is just ideological claptrap. However, it at least has the virtue of revealing the absurdity of its proponents.

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