Thursday, September 30, 2010
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.