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Ed Driscoll

And the Most Popular Show on Television Is…

March 8th, 2013 - 7:01 pm

CNN has been anti-religious since the days of founder Ted Turner sneering at his employees for wearing ashes on Ash Wednesday as “Jesus freaks” and declaring “Christianity is a religion for losers.” Last fall the network ran the following headline on their Website: “White Protestants, your monopoly is over.” As Ben Shapiro noted at the time:

The deep racism and anti-religious bigotry of the column is glossed over by CNN editors, who refuse to acknowledge that had this column been written about any other religion or race, it would be unprintable. Only according to the left should the racial makeup of the delegates at a convention be an important element of the political discussion; only according to the left should the personal religious beliefs of candidates, rather than their governing values, be the issue.

Meanwhile, HBO is going for maximum hype with a minimal audience. John Nolte of Big Hollywood writes:

Nobody watches HBO’s “Girls.”

Nobody.

In a country of over 300 million, 866,000 viewers is statistically zero.

And yet:

Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO series ‘Girls,’ has quietly shaken up the writing staff for her breakout comedy-drama about a group of young women making their way in New York.

“Breakout?” Season two’s ratings are worse than season one’s.

At the Breitbart Conversation group blog, Ace posits why such low-rated shows receive so much media attention. “Middle Aged Liberal Women Working In the Media Rule Your Television Set”:

I have no evidence for this so I’m a little embarrassed about posting this (but not so embarrassed I won’t post it, note).

But based on my experience, it does seem to me that if Middle Aged Liberal Women Who Work in the Media like a show, suddenly one cannot escape hearing about it.  It’s suddenly ubiquitous.

How many people watched Sex & the City?  I don’t know, but based on the never-ending mentions in the media, you’d think the ratings on that were 100.00.  100% of the public was tuned in every week to see the exploits of Samantha, and the cute one, and the promiscuous one, and the other one.

I don’t know the politics of Mad Men (though I have heard-tell that it largely about delivering a frisson of satisfaction for liberal women about the dastardly men of the late 50s), but I’m going to guess here that Middle Aged Liberal Women Who Work in the Media are Huge Fans, because dang, if I have not absorbed whole plotlines of the show just by reading Maureen Dowd’s column.  (Tell a lie, I don’t read her column.  No one does.  But you know what I mean.)

Come to think of it, Middle Aged Liberal Women Who Work in the Media also helps to explain much of what’s wrong with the commercials that appear on television as well.

Oh, and considering Time magazine going off the rails and echoing Nietzsche and Hollywood’s rejection of religious-themed movies, in both cases, you can trace a clear line from the atheism and (especially) the nihilism back to ol’ Friedrich as well.

Related: “Rasmussen: Americans Feel Most Connected to Religious Groups.” But then, that all depends on how you define “religious groups,” of course.

Update: QED.

(Via Power Line. Thumbnail on PJM homepage assembled from multiple Shutterstock.com images.)


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"the Bible"? darn, misse d that one. did they have any zombies in it?

you know what would make a good movie? one where a partying prez lies about his background, then tries to get the citizen's guns so he can make a (failed) attempt to become a dictator by amassing mass quantities of tanks, arms and ammo (and new uniforms) for his army. oh yeah, throw in a few thousand drones strafing his enemies (the people) into submission, after having practiced for years on foreign targets he designated as the enemy. maybe try to stir up some mayhem by selling thousands of guns to some drug cartels to try and create a (failed) sandy hook incident, and maybe a couple of old vet. codgers as senators he slithers up to who think he is just peaches and cream. also, he would maybe allow tens of millions of uneducated 3rd world immigrants to crash the borders, and allow them to suck the newly created welfare state dry. and don't forget to throw in some serious voter fraud.

heck yeah i would pay to see that, but not in a gun free zone. maybe i could just rent it.
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I tuned in to view the Bible and saw a black Samson. Samson was not black, he was Israelite. I turned the channel.

I switched back only to see King Saul urinating in a cave. I turned the channel again.

I tried once more, only to see a half-naked Kind David standing in front of the Holy Ark of the Covenant.

Three stirkes, you're out. This series is an absolute waste of time.
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1 Sam 24 3-4 references Saul relieving himself in a cave. David cuts a piece of his robe to prove to him he could kill him. then when Saul left, David came out to tell him what happened to try to show Saul that he was not his enemy.
1 Chron 15 refers to a robe like the levites, but we also know that he danced in front of it and embarrassed his wife.
We don't know what Samson's skin shade was - for all we know, his family were african converts to judaism.
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One thing I learned from the promos--which were all I saw--was that Noah was a Scotsman who could quote the Torah (millennia before Moses).

Sean Connery went further than that in _A Bridge Too Far_, of course, where his character says, "We always knew G-d was a Scotsman."
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My family of 5 sat down together to watch the first episode. That phenomenon has not happened in a L-O-N-G time. My children asked questions about things they did not understand, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the program. We DVRed it, and watched it again Friday evening. We intend to watch again this Sunday and have actually had numerous conversations with friends at sports and school who watched last week and plan to watch again. Bible history is world history. Don't dismiss that fact. I thought 'The Bible' first episode was very worthwhile and well done. Looking forward to the other 4 episodes even though I have read the book and know how it ends!
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My parents loved Archbishop Fulton Sheen's TV show in the 50's. Hard to believe in this day and age that he lead one of the most popular shows at the time with just a chalkboard and an eraser. According to Wikipedia, he actually won two Emmys! The success of this show and other well-made productions with Christian content shows that there is a market that is being deliberately ignored.

Hollywood is filled with self-absorbed narcissists and the major studios are run by people actively hostile to Christianity. I am finding I prefer British actors and British productions. British actors look like normal people and cut their teeth on theater and classical training. British productions are still focused on quality product and not on being a message machine for preaching the latest liberal doctrine, like promoting gay marriage.
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My parents loved Archbishop Fulton Sheen's TV show in the 50's. Hard to believe in this day and age that he lead one of the most popular shows at the time with just a chalkboard and an eraser. According to Wikipedia, he actually won two Emmys! The success of this show and other well-made productions with Christian content shows that there is a market that is being deliberately ignored.

Hollywood is filled with self-absorbed narcissists and the major studios are run by people actively hostile to Christianity. I am finding I prefer British actors and British productions. British actors look like normal people and cut their teeth on theater and classical training. British productions are still focused on quality product and not on being a message machine for preaching the latest liberal doctrine, like promoting gay marriage.
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And yet the History channel continues to promote The Vikings and not The Bible. I wish a different channel had picked it up, but alas we know why they didn't.
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And coming soon! The Koran -- Uncut!!!! Rated XXX for its candid (imaginary) footage of the Great Islamic Porno Theme Park in the Sky!!!: PARADISE!!!!
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I attempted to read the Koran. Nothing against one of the World's Great Religions, but it was all about how to tend your cattle, and in what manner God wants you to decimate the tribe next door. In His mercy.

The Bible, despite the many failings of Christianity and Judaism, has some great, timeless stories.
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Judging by our economic recovery, I would have guessed "Walking Dead"...think Charleston Heston was a better Moses.
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It's no surprise that a show could get great ratings on its first outing. Let's see whether these viewers tune in week after week to get their helping of bible stories. I suspect the public will be switching back to the usual reality TV, sitcoms and video dramas before long.
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I doubt that type of people that sought out The Bible on the History Channel will be doing that. But some might not like the production, and tune out. Then again, the word might spread and ratings actually increase, offsetting those loses in viewers.

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And last but not least the heavy Jewish factor in Hollywood is also contributing to hostility towards Christianity or at the very least lack of interest in producing New Testament Christian fare.

As Michael Medved has written..

"Anyone who doubts that rejection of Jesus has replaced acceptance of Torah (or commitment to Israel) as the eekur sach—the essential element—of American Jewish identity should pause to consider an uncomfortable question. What is the one political or religious position that makes a Jew utterly unwelcome in the organized community? We accept atheist Jews, Buddhist Jews, pro-Palestinian Jews, Communist Jews, homosexual Jews, and even sanction Hindu-Jewish meditation societies. “Jews for Jesus,” however, or “Messianic Jews” face resistance and exclusion everywhere. In Left-leaning congregations, many rabbis welcome stridently anti-Israel speakers and even Palestinian apologists for Islamo-Nazi terror. But if they invited a “Messianic Jewish” missionary, they’d face indignant denunciation from their boards and, very probably, condemnation by their national denominational leadership. It is far more acceptable in the Jewish community today to denounce Israel (or the United States), to deny the existence of God, or to deride the validity of Torah than it is to affirm Jesus as Lord and Savior.

For many Americans, the last remaining scrap of Jewish distinctiveness involves our denial of New Testament claims, so any support for those claims becomes a threat to the very essence of our Jewish identity."

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/why-are-jews-liberals-a-symposium/

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It should be noted that Michael Medved is an Orthodox Jew, as is Ben Shapiro. I do disagree with him; I don't think they have even that much Judaism.

(Strangely, I have been accused of the above definition of Judaism, althoguh in in fact I am an Orthodox (what is sometimes prejoratively referred to as "ultra-Orthodox" Jew who actually moved to Israel for religious reasons.)
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