September 17, 2005



RED Americans feeling under served by the entertainment industry have less to whine about these days. If they were to stay up Monday nights just an hour past the president's bedtime, they'd find that NBC's hit show "Medium" is giving them a ringing endorsement from the Other Side.

The show — which starts its second season tonight — is based on the cases of real-life medium Allison Dubois, who serves as a consultant to the series.

In a twist from the usual snickering at conservative characters and notions, the first episode had a defense attorney balking over the Texas Rangers questioning his molester-murderer client.

After the Rangers and their consultant (Dubois, played by Patricia Arquette) bulldoze past him, the lawyer calls after them futilely, "Don't make me call The New York Times!" This was a laugh line — and not only was the joke on a defense lawyer, it reduced the Paper of Record to a punch line.

Why not make the NBC Nightly News an openly conservative alternative to the other networks and position the whole network to the Right? Roughly 60% of the viewers are there.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2005 8:58 AM

When I watch broadcast news, which is seldom, I've been tuning in NBC, even though ABC is the only broadcaster in the state. So far they, NBC, have been somewhat more objective and newsier. By far, most of my news comes from the internet.

Posted by: Genecis at September 17, 2005 10:17 AM

Watching MSNBC struggling with their identity crisis -- weaving between shows featuring the slants they know will be best-received by the coastal elites (Matthews, Olbermann) and the shows that would have better Red State appeal (Scarborough, Carlson to a lesser extent) -- gives you a bit of an idea of what the news department in general is going through. They could have been what Fox News is today, since they had Roger Ailes first, but apparently couldn't handle the idea that their ratings success would mean demonization throughout the N.Y.-D.C. party circuit, let alone among the old-timers in the news division.

But NBC is still better than the other two broadcast networks. ABC and CBS have no 24-hour cable service that demands ratings, so the pressure is lesser on them to provide a more balanced overall view, while CNN apparently is satisfied with being the Blue State news network (which may be due to the fact the Time-Warner suits keep hiring execs from ABC and CBS to run their news business).

Posted by: John at September 17, 2005 11:12 AM

NBC is the only network news I watch. Of course, I only watch the "local" news (broadcast from Salt Lake, 3 hours north of here). I'd much rather do the dishes and listen to NPR than sit through Brian Williams or any of the other talking heads.

Posted by: Jason Johnson at September 17, 2005 11:35 AM

The article misstates theplaceof legal rights on the left-right continuum.

Traditionally,the left, being the coalition of outsiders and deviants,has been on the side of the criminal. To a Marxist, criminals are "socially friendly elememts." This is not because the leftist is concerned for the rights of the individual against the state, but on the contrary, because the reaction to crime is to be4 willing, out of fear, to cede more power to the state, thus accelerating the arrival of the dictatorship of the proletariar.

There is nothing about the popularization of jack-booted thug, pig law enforcement that should be pleasing to a conservative. On the contrary, it has alway been the conservative position that it is preferable to live with a certain degree of crime than to suffer the boot of Leviathan on our necks.

My criminal jury trial days are over, but it would have been capital fun to go after a prosecution based on witchcraft or related mumbo-jumbo.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 17, 2005 11:54 AM

The seemingly favorable presentation of "conservative views and notions" are there as a disguise to lure the unwitting:

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Posted by: carter at September 17, 2005 2:59 PM

Why not? Because then the network execs won't get invited to all the cool parties. They'd rather fight for 60% of the 40% of the nation who haven't totally tuned out the networks already. Since we're so unbelievably rich, there's plenty of money to be made by catering to small segments of the population.

Posted by: b at September 17, 2005 5:12 PM

I think B and John are on to something. Clearly, you will see that a network has a clue when it moves its headquarters to Dallas.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 17, 2005 5:34 PM