Faking The News


On the day Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, one peculiarly left-leaning outlet literally devoted its entire broadcast day to shamelessly cheerleading Obama’s transparently empty promises of “hope and change.” The fact that Obama’s campaign slogan was lifted from the Eddie Murphy movie “The Distinguished Gentleman” missed the irony-proof liberals manning the wheel at this outlet; they were too busy shamelessly promoting the man while he doubtless planned which part of the oath of office he intended to abrogate first. Which outlet? The obvious guess is the Democrat Channel (aka MSNBC) but those tinfoil-hat brigadiers were simply outdone in creepily fawning over the community organizer from the front pew at Jeremiah Wright’s “church.”

In this instance, it wasn’t TV; it was HBO. Ignoring their subscribers, HBO presented “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.” It was hardly the first time HBO, which once aired “Hacking Democracy” (a film based on the entirely discredited Democrat claims of vote rigging in Ohio in 2004), turned its programming into applause for the leftist cause du jour. Indeed, although not a basic cable channel, HBO has devolved from a good spot to see feature films from the comfort of the couch to another mouthpiece for the misogyny, racism and hypocrisy that have turned liberalism into one of the more pressing threats to freedom in existence.

Among the lowlights shining on the channel: multimillionaire misogynist and Obama donor Bill Maher. But Maher has fellow travelers on the road to ruin. Ex-(probably) crackhead Aaron Sorkin, the man who brought you the occasionally brilliant “The West Wing” and the routinely horrendous “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” fills up an hour of HBO’s airtime each week with a show entitled “The Newsroom.”

Purportedly a show about the inner workings of a major cable news outlet and an anchor who struggles with a career built on merely reporting the news and his internal desire to excoriate everyone who doesn’t share his contempt for himself and his country, “The Newsroom” is a docudrama about the corporate media of today. The names have been changed to protect the guilty, but the Will McAvoy character is a clear metaphor for the post-Cronkite crowd. He’s also a barely disguised doppelganger for his creator, Sorkin. However, sitting through an episode of “The Newsroom” made me realize two things:

  1. Aaron Sorkin’s writing style has not changed one bit since “Sports Night.” Enormously self-important people of varying degrees of juvenile snarkiness wander through one another’s space making greeting-card observations about life, love and why conservatives suck.
  2. That cocaine must be one hell of a drug. I can’t imagine anything else out there that could account for the sort of madness that produces garbage like “The Newsroom.”

Imagine going through life so consumed by self-hatred that your job involves repackaging the same liberal shlock for more than a decade. No wonder Sorkin has trouble with the nose candy. Furthermore, imagine being so bereft of intellect and/or awareness that you’re the poor sap for whom Sorkin is regurgitating said shlock. Now imagine hearing Sorkin’s alter ego McAvoy’s raging blather and actually nodding your head in agreement with such ludicrous leftist babble. I do believe HBO’s cavalcade of crazy would say: “F*** your life.”

During last Sunday’s episode, McEvoy/Sorkin — already infamous for the charming anti-American rant featured in the pre-run trailers for “The Newsroom” — throws caution to the wind and unleashes a stream of venom that read like it had been lifted straight out of the minutes for the next Moveon.org meeting:

Ideological purity, compromise as weakness, a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism, denying science, unmoved by facts, undeterred by new information, a hostile fear of progress, a demonization of education, a need to control women’s bodies, severe xenophobia, tribal mentality, intolerance of dissent and a pathological hatred of the U.S. government. They can call themselves the Tea Party. They can call themselves conservatives. And they can even call themselves Republicans, though Republicans certainly shouldn’t. But we should call them what they are. The American Taliban.

That, my friends, is as close to a modern American Liberal Manifesto as we’ll ever need: false, rude and sized just right to fit into the onscreen menu. Of course, it’s absolute garbage. But asking a TV writer to keep it honest is like asking Al Sharpton to ease up on the Soul Glo. Well, I suppose it’s nice to see ol’ Aaron managed to get off the pipe — presuming he did.

I have neither the time nor the space to deconstruct Sorkin’s whinnying in toto. But a few of the bullet points are certainly worth refutation. Sorkin claims the Tea Party is marked by a “demonization of education.” Under Sorkin’s Democratic Fuehrers, “education” has become a bureaucratic monstrosity, overrun with union thugs and incapable of feats of academic legerdemain beyond almost teaching fifth-graders how to put on condoms. I’m dreadfully sorry we conservatives didn’t list Mother Jones on our syllabus, Aaron. We were busy hoping the next generation might learn rudimentary math, so they can wait tables in the kind of high-end restaurants where people like you sit around posing for photographs.

As for controlling “womens’ bodies,” I’m sure glad the left is on that case. After all, what better way to keep conservatives from opposing the inhuman practice of abortion than by putting the Federal government in charge of everyone’s healthcare? To be completely honest, if you want someone to vacuum your child out of you, then be my guest. You’re welcome to settle up with the Almighty on your own time. Oops! That would be His time. My guess tends toward thinking His response might be somewhat less convenient than the abortion.

And I’m not denying any proven science of which I’m currently aware. Granted, I’m not up to speed on whether dark matter is indeed the cohesive force holding the universe together; but I’m not sure that theory is set in stone just yet. I suppose the denying science remark might be a reference to my recognition of so-called “global warming” as the phrenology of the modern age. Pardon me; it’s not “global warming” any more. It’s “global cooling.” I beg your pardon further; “global cooling” is what the pseudo-science snake-oil salesmen called it before actual data revealed them to be wrong. Now that the “warmists” are actually fudging their own data (see also: academic fraud) to keep their show onstage, it’s “climate change.” I call it “weather.”

Given that the liberals have redefined racism as “any thought, word or deed by a white person who disagrees with us,” it’s an impossible charge for them to resist levying. To be fair, there will indubitably be one or two at any large gathering of people, much less conservative people. But there are tens of thousands of conservatives and their less-adamant brethren in Tampa, Fla., right now, and it’s a fair bet that there are more racists in the MSNBC broadcast booth. The Democratic Party did everything but bring the rope to Florida to string up George Zimmerman — with what amounted to a Presidential endorsement — and those Tea Party bastards are bigots? I’ll try to keep that in mind the next time I see members of a Democratic-aligned hate group like Common Cause demand the lynching of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Lest you think I buried the lede: “American Taliban.” Really, Aaron? You name a terrorist group that openly advocates for a future just this side of the extermination of the species, and you draw a moral equivalence between them and a bunch of middle-class folks who dislike watching their earnings going to fund Planned Parenthood’s “maternity counseling” or the first lady’s shopping trips? I apologize for shaking you liberals out of your blissful reverie, but standing up to the Democrats’ openly touted war on freedom is hardly the sort of thing that earns merit badges in Pakistan’s Waziristan region. But blowing up bridges in Cleveland might work. Oh, right. They were your guys.

It’s worth noting that even some of the corporate media types who share Sorkin’s twisted and hateful view of the world can still see “The Newsroom” for what it is: hackneyed leftist garbage. Critics from The New York Times, Huffington Post and even TIME Magazine have all decried the show’s sanctimonious sermonizing. My favorite reaction belongs to ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “McAvoy—and, by extension, Sorkin… extol the Fourth Estate’s democratic duty, but they believe that responsibility consists mostly of criticizing Republicans.”

I won’t encourage you to watch an episode of “The Newsroom.” I won’t discourage you from doing so, either. Should you choose to endure it, remember that what you’re seeing — including the excerpt above — is a televised version of the way the Democrats see you and everyone else who defies their way of thinking. And that’s the good news: If this is the best their best have to offer, they’re eventually going to be cancelled; and I don’t just mean their sad little TV programs.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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