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Landmark In The Culture War
Canceling of Reagan miniseries a blow to power of the Hollywood
[Doug Gamble] 11/13/03
There are times in the ongoing culture
war when the significance of
certain battles can be pinpointed.
For example, the extent to
which conservatives were losing became clear in the days following
May 9, 1992, when the vice president
of the United States was held up to national ridicule for suggesting
that most children are better off having two parents instead
of one, something that would have been accepted as a given
in the days before liberalism wrestled society to the gutter.
Dan Quayle gave his so-called Murphy Brown speech, in which
he criticized the media for glamorizing single motherhood and
the responsibilities of fathers, he was bombarded with derision
so intense that even the White House of President George H.W.
Bush was reluctant to defend him.
But now another date may be
recorded as the moment when the pendulum started swinging in
the opposite direction: Nov. 4,
day CBS was forced by an angry outcry to scrap a cowardly
character assassination of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in a TV miniseries.
Ironically, CBS is the same network that gave the country
I am not the first to observe that liberals and conservatives
in America are now engaged in a bitter, new civil war,
one in which, like the war between the North and the South, the
of the country is ultimately at stake. The vision of Hollywood
liberals is a virtually defenseless America where anyone
with conservative views is delegitimized, patriotism is
traditional values are destroyed, the culture is coarsened,
God is eliminated
and, in the words of the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan,
deviancy is defined downward, all wrapped up in European-style
Hollywood is both a major combatant and a major battlefield
in the new civil war, and production of the Reagan movie
- an attempt
to paint over history with a brush of lies - was valuable
in its stark revelation of how Hollywood liberals use
propaganda to fight it.
With the bumbling, clueless Democratic
Party at least temporarily incapable of undermining the current
Hollywood Party has become the de facto official opposition.
news coverage and entertainment venues, the leftist
media has greater
means to influence the hearts and minds of Americans
than Howard Dean has.
The Reagan movie represents a
microcosm of the Hollywood Party's agenda, arrogance and cruelty.
Surely the openly
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, insisted on Reagan being
portrayed as homophobic, when evidence to the contrary
The actress who played Nancy Reagan, Judy
Davis, said she hoped the movie would teach Americans a
more carefully. And James (Mr. Barbra Streisand)
Brolin said he based his portrayal of the now-incapacitated
a puppet in a British TV comedy show.
Reagan was once a washed-up actor, but, unlike the Hollywood
leftist, he did something
of his life. While a major part of Reagan's legacy
is a role in tearing down communism, Brolin's
a role aimed at tearing down Reagan.
viewing parties planned for this Sunday's previously scheduled
airing of the Reagan
now cancelled, along
with the high-fives. If actor George Clooney
had intended to entertain party guests during
with jokes about Reagan's Alzheimer's affliction
the way he
Heston's, they will have to wait for another
The Hollywood left finally went a lie
too far, and although it was conservatives who led the
charge against the CBS
travesty, I have to believe the cause was
joined by fair-minded Americans
of all stripes who were outraged at this
twisting of the knife. Perhaps, like Gettysburg and
War, CBS' white flag of surrender will prove
a turning point in this new one.
has written for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush
and other prominent Republicans.
Copyright 2003 Doug Gamble