Thursday, September 30, 2010

See BS

Intelligence officials have just placed Europe and the U.S. on "high alert" status for possible commando-style terror attacks which have allegedly been approved by Osama Bin Laden.

Which makes it a particularly gutless move for CBS to tackle the topic of terrorism in the season
premiere of "CSI" by using teen heartthrob Justin Bieber to portray (in the words of the New York Times) a "domestic terrorist with Tea Party leanings."

The network could hardly be more transparent about their desire to attract naive, youthful viewers and then beat into them the message that the Tea Party is an evil, dangerous, terrorist group. And the network is making this claim, not coincidentally, just before some of those young television viewers will get their first chance to go to the polls.

More and more viewers, tired of having both their intelligence and their patriotism insulted, are
turning off network programming which is filtered through Hollywood's ultra-liberal eyes.

And while we don't need to defend the spotless record of the Tea Party when it comes to non-violence, we would like to remind CBS that a television show that no one watches is a bomb.

Tea Party terrorists make good on their threat to blow up a balloon.



drjim said...

I haven't watched the three "major" networks since about 1999 unless I'm in the room, and someone else has them turned on!
And I don't miss them one bit.....

anombrerose said...

Thanks for letting us know - I watch CSI from time to time but didn't catch this one.

They've skated close to revealing their PC views before, but this is just a whizzer!

I left a comment on their site telling them bye bye.

Thanks a lot,

Anonymous said...

Completely gutless and a pathetic attempt to make the liberal media relevant.

Larry Sheldon said...

I don't watch any television at all.

Yes there are exceptions. Sometimes I want to talk to my wife and going where the television is turned on is unavoidable. And sometimes she calls me in to look at something noteworthy, like a new AFLAC commercial.

And I do watch Internet delivered clips and programs like Glenn Beck's.

Cookie said...

If these young television viewers are completely mindless it won't matter what they watch--they'll just vote whatever mommy and daddy have been telling them to do. But if they have any substance to them, they will "question with boldness" and seriously check into what the tea party movement is all about. Let's hope they can tell the difference between the real world and the fantasy world created by Hollywood. Definitely let's hope....

John the Econ said...

If mindless leftist entertainment television was as effective as the left likes to think that it is, the conservative movement would have been over a generation ago. This isn't new. (Remember the endless anti-capitalist messages in the 70s when every TV villain was a middle-aged white businessman?)

But fortunately, most children are not dumb. In fact, they are rather perceptive. Most do have some grasp of reality over fiction. And when the gap between fiction and reality gets as wide as it has with this "the real threat to America isn't suicidal religious fascists or leftist anarchists but America-loving Tea Partyers" narrative, they know better.

In the long run, it only serves to discredit the leftist narrative.

Bobo said...

I can hardly stand to watch news programs any more, but I do so I can keep up with what msm is lying about today. I did catch "60 Morons" a few days ago where Scott P. interviewed the owner of the property where the NYC mosque is planned, and; the Imam who wants to build it. Of course, the segment was biased in favor of building the mosque and gave opponents minimal airtime to voice their concerns. Muslims are nice people, my ass.

I do like to listen to commentary by Andy Rooney and Ben Stein, tho. I didn't care about Justin Bieber before CSI, I don't care about him now. Just another flash in the hollywood frying pan.

Colby_Muenster said...

Like Dr. Jim, my wife and I have completely wiened ourselves off of network TV. CSI used to be one of the few we would watch, but we have not seen that for a couple of years, now.

The only thing I will watch on the big nutworks is football (I love football), and if Keith Olbermann is on, I shut off the sound. Why oh why they had to ruin foorball with that dickweed, I will never know.

If Netflicks ever gets football, I will gleefully be shooting the dish off my roof with my 12 ga., never to look back.

I look forward to the day when NOBODY watches the big three, and they all go broke wondering where the ratings went. The newspapers are still clueless, too.

Pete(Detroit) said...

Bobo, some Muslims ARE nice people - I've had several as neighbors over the past 12 years... They just happen to subscribe to an evil "religion"
Certainly, not all have the same level of devotion, and some are really, genuinely nice people.
Others, however, cleave so thoroughly to the stereotype that a person is tempted to slam the whole group.

See also lawyers.

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

Justin Who?? I'm still trying to figure out why I can't find Edd "Kooky" Byrnes on the TV anymore.
Now there was a heartthrob.
Making the Tea Party into terrorists is all the more reason for me to not watch a program I don't watch anyway. It's a win-win for me.

Anonymous said...

Dumped the cable a couple of months ago. About the only thing I'd care to watch is LSU football, which isn't too promising this year. So I can't say I really miss anything. It's kind of nice not to be driven mad by the propaganda spewing state media and the "programming" they offer.

pryorguy said...

Network tv is worhtless, as is most cable, but I like the old movie channels and Fox news and thats about it...oh yeh, ESPN during football season!
Desperation...thats what is driving the lefties now!

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Readers- We're all on the same page here. When a network show uncorks a real slam on conservatives, I tell TIVO to nuke it, give it "3 thumbs down," and never record the series again. And at this point, I'm so sick of the liberal jive that I don't give many of the networks' new shows a chance either...they've already used up my goodwill.

Even the gameshow Jeopardy has a decidedly leftist tilt, with political questions which always celebrate Democrats, while "balancing" them with questions about Republican scandals.

On the other hand, thanks to DVDs we can enjoy replays of series like Frasier, Dick Van Dyke, and Andy Griffith (yes, I know he's shilling for Obamacare now, but he's old and I'm pretty sure the government is holding Aunt Bee hostage). Turner Movie Classics is huge for my family too - with a special fondness for films from the 30's and 40's.

drjim said...

About all I watch are the Discovery, History, and Military Channels, and some automotive programs.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry guys, but this discussion is off the mark. I have watched every episode of CSI and have remarked about how they manage to stay in the middle of these political frays. This is not about the tea party! The group portrayed here is obviously a militant anarchist group.
I am surprised that anyone on the Right would even connect this episode to the tea party! The only resemblance is in the minds of the NY Times writers! And why cite their story anyway? They are wrong!
I will continue to record and watch CSI until they actually go Left.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Anonymous (immediately above)- In fairness, we didn't watch the entire episode...and the relevant clip that we saw really did seem to have more Democratic talking points than Tea Party points. So why did we choose to do the cartoon?

Because in creating a militaristic group, the show's producers could have gone with neo-Nazis, or any imaginary group with a goofball flag that they wanted to. But instead they chose to make the backdrop a huge American flag...thereby linking our national symbol with dangerous radicalism.

Maybe this was a decision by a screaming liberal in the art department instead of the scriptwriter. Maybe the director decided to stick it in at the 11th hour. In the end, it doesn't matter - because the final image on the screen was a dangerous lunatic inspiring terror with the American flag as a backdrop.

In television, everything is a deliberate choice. Someone was sending a message, and we don't like it.

If you enjoy CSI and feel like they're pretty good about being politically balanced, by all means keep watching. However, if CBS wants to attract new viewers for the show, we feel like they're going about it in the wrong way.

Amazing Gracie said...

I watched it and didn't find it offensive. I took it to be crazy redneck kooks, aka Neo Nazis. Be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. I love Castle, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, etc. I'm not too proud to admit that I watch TV. I enjoy it. I watch Survivor and The Amazing Race. But I've quit watching all the Law and Order series', and several others, due to the bias. I love the History Channel but hate the programs they do about religion. I guess you might say I'm a selective viewer! Oh, and I read a lot! If we get all "pissy" about everything on TV, it just makes us look cranky.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Amazing Gracie- I believe that the politically correct term for "pissy" is (according to the president) "wee-wee'd up." So I'll try to be neither of those things when judging TV shows. However, I must insist on exercising my right to occasionally be cranky. (grin)

Angry Hoosier Dad said...

Amazing Gracie...
"Cranky" is just another word for honest and unwilling to sit silently while being used, poorly served or insulted. Those of us old enough to be called cranky don't care what people call us.

Paula said...

CSI-svu used to be my favorite show but I finally got sick of all the propoganda about the christains, gay bashers, right wingers, it seemed there wasn't a show that didn't have some sort of slam towards the right. Normal family life was always ridiculed, as the Bible said, Good will be Evil and Evil good.