I know Mary Katharine Ham well enough to trust she would not make something up to trick me into watching 7th Heaven, but if I did not know her I would swear that is what she had done. I have probably seen the show a handful of times, but not in several years, and I did not realize it was still on television. After reading Mary Katharine’s transcript of part of an episode on Darfur though, I think I might just have to watch it. Be sure to check out the conversation between two characters on the show over the politics of Darfur and the U.N. I really hope she isn’t pulling my leg on this one. It is hard to believe that dialogue was written for an American television show, but slowly I think some things are changing.
Television sitcoms and dramas have often had a liberal slant, but lately I am noticing more and more characters, storylines and dialogue that is, if not conservative, at least politically incorrect. I write about how “24” fits into that category of shows, as well as (bear with me on this one) American Idol, in my Townhall column today. Readers have emailed me comments about other shows that often present a conservative, or pro-America, perspective, such as The Unit on CBS. That is a good example. I could also have pointed to the Disney Channel show “That’s So Raven” that features a loveable main character who would never dream of giving up her aerosol hairspray, in spite of the warnings from her ditzy treehugger best friend. There are other examples, but I focused on “24” and Idol because of the huge numbers they drew this week with their season premieres.
One reader emailed an observation I did not think to make about American Idol, that it shows some of the fallout from the big self esteem movement that went overboard. She made the point that some of those with no talent whatsoever have been convinced that they are just as talented as anyone else, to the point that they audition for the most popular show on television, and when their over-inflated self esteem meets reality it is not a pretty sight. Liberalism is still in plentiful supply on television, but it seems that at least in a few instances viewers are being given popular characters that espouse politically incorrect, and even conservative, views.
Update: For those who did not follow the link to the Townhall column, I agree completely with Paul’s post below about the nasty comments from the AI judges this season and said so in that column.