Remember When Television Was Entertaining?

Editor's Note: The following has been adapted with the author's permission from its original publication on Carolina Culture Warrior. To be fully transparent, the author also owns shares in ABC (as previously disclosed).

For those who have visited Florida’s Walt Disney World, there is an attraction at the Magic Kingdom called the Carousel of Progress, a tribute to an original attraction Walt made for the New York World’s Fair in 1964. There, you’ll find a scene set in the 40’s where the narrator reads:

But we do have television—when it works. Gives you something to do after you come home. I kinda like it, y’know? Guy named John Cameron Swayze gives us all the news, and then they have all this singing and dancing. A lot of fluff, but it’s fun.

Well, American television has come a long way since then, but not in a good way.

As repeatedly demonstrated in this space, the Disney-ABC Television Group has taken a sharp turn to the left ever since ABC News chief and Soros-lackey Ben Sherwood took over the whole division back in 2014. Now, it’s in trouble, as they have announced they will be laying off 200 staffers as a result of their struggles. Most of them are working at ABC’s entertainment division, according to Variety. It is not yet known whether ABC News will be affected by the layoffs.

There is no question that the network and partner ESPN have been suffering horribly from cord-cutting and streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. However, alienating viewers with leftist political pandering won’t address the problem. Recently in the Halloween-themed episode of a sitcom called The Mayor, there was a gooey tribute to Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Calif.):

Valentina: Do you want to get some candy? I love connecting with youth.

Dina: Happy City Hall-oween!

Courtney Ma, this is great! It’s exactly how I remember, you know, just bigger, and I’m the mayor. I never got to thank you for what you did back in the day.

Dina: Oh, that’s enough. Okay. Now, if you excuse me, I got to go, uh, give these kids some nightmares. Put ’em all in therapy.

Courtney: How you supposed to scare anyone dressed like Phylicia Rashad?

Dina: Boy, I am not Phylicia Rashad. Who am I?

Courtney: Clair Huxtable.

Dina: I am the mighty Congresswoman Maxine Waters. 

Courtney: No one’s ever gonna get that. 

Jermaine: Whoa, Maxine Waters, look out! She’s about to reclaim her time! 

Dina: Haha! Reclaiming my time! 

T.K.: Hyah!

Jermaine: Stop spinning me so hard.

T.K.: [ Laughs ] Hashtag — addictive.

There’s something disturbing about a major corporation like Disney allowing its operations to use their scripted shows to spew out unrelenting liberal propaganda. In fact, this should have longtime shareholders concerned about the Mouse House (which include this writer, as a Disney shareholder).

Think about it. People just want to be entertained after work and yet, after a massive sex scandal surrounding a powerful megaproducer, television producers such as ABC continue to force-feed their progressive worldview on unsuspecting viewers. In the process, they lose sight of Walt Disney’s original vision of clean, family-friendly television.

And it’s not just ABC going after conservatives. This past Sunday, a police drama on CBS called Wisdom of the Crowd revealed its far-left, pro-amnesty politics to viewers.

Considering this is the network that’s also home to NCIS and Blue Bloods, this propaganda is particularly disturbing and openly attacking its Middle America audience responsible for making it the most-watched television network in the country.

Like the NFL with its ongoing national anthem controversy, the broadcast networks and their cable offsprings should know that droves of viewers are those in rural and suburban areas who voted for Donald Trump. But it seems that they — especially CBS — are more interested in catering to social justice warriors on college campuses.

And you wonder why a favorite channel among red-state voters is named after a greeting card manufacturer of all things.


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