Little more than a decade ago, half the people in this country understood that every time they tuned into a newscast they were apt to find their most fundamental values mocked and belittled. Fox News changed all that, laying bare the depth and intractability of the mainstream media’s biases, (and vastly undercutting its influence), even as it helped forge a national community of like-minded souls. Would there even be a Tea Party without it?
Yet liberal dominance of an even more vital realm — entertainment television — remains absolute. Indeed, given the astonishing degree to which the attitudes of America’s young are shaped by TV, it is hard to envision a future where conservative values (on everything from American exceptionalism to the importance of marriage) can hold their own if liberals are able, unchallenged, to continue picking away at them in the media that both mirrors and most dramatically influences the zeitgeist.
As was the case with news, there is a vast (and as yet unrecognized) underserved audience for television programming that tells the other side of the story. But since Hollywood liberals are not about to create it, it’s past time conservatives got meaningfully into this end of the business, with special emphasis on smart, cutting edge programming aimed at the young. Why not a conservative Jon Stewart, mugging away at the expense of Obama and other big government libs? Or an updated version of ‘Combat,’ the Sixties series that taught an earlier generation about the nobility of the American fighting man, only this time set in Afghanistan? Or a sitcom set on the contemporary ultra-p.c.college campus, with the diversity mongers, women’s studies majors and anti-free speech zealots held up weekly to the ridicule they so richly deserve? What smart kid wouldn’t watch, and laugh, and learn?
Harry Stein is the author of I Can’t Believe I’m Sitting Next to a Republican