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November 6th, 2013 - 1:16 pm

“‘Homicide’ Creator Uses Slavery to Trash Constitution, Founding Fathers,” Lawrence Meyers writes at Big Hollywood:

Let me first praise David Simon for his terrific book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets which spawned one of the greatest American TV series in history, Homicide: Life on the Street. I also hear The Wire is great.

Praise complete. Now I’ll bury this Hollywood liberal bully.

Simon presses the liberal agenda of White American Guilt in his oh-so-noble praise of the new film 12 Years a Slave, which also demonstrates how yet another Hollywood know-it-all has absolutely no understanding of our Constitution. This is particularly galling because Simon is an accomplished journalist, and his work on Homicide demonstrated equal compassion for all human beings.

Based on this passage from Brett Martin’s best-selling Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, I’m not sure if it’s fair to call Simon a “liberal.” Obviously not in the original laissez-faire definition of the word, and not even in the L-word’s Orwellian hijacking during the FDR era:

As much as Simon was devoted to the romance and art of journalism and, more important, to nonfiction, even he had to concede that fiction film and TV were the primary communication media of his era. “To get a best-selling novel on the New York Times Best Sellers list, you need to sell a hundred thousand copies. A poorly watched HBO show is going to draw three or four million a week. That’s ten times as many people acquiring your narrative.” And that mattered because, to Simon and his partner, Ed Burns, The Wire was explicitly a piece of social activism. Among its targets, large and small, were the War on Drugs, the educational policy No Child Left Behind, and the outsize influence of money in America’s political system, of statistics in its police departments, and of Pulitzer Prizes at its newspapers. The big fish, though, was nothing less than a capitalist system that Burns and Simon had begun to see as fundamentally doomed. (If Simon was a dyed-in-the-wool lefty, Burns practically qualified as Zapatista; by ex-cop standards, he might as well have been Trotsky himself.)

Yet another reminder that it’s not just Time-Warner-CNN-HBO’s news division that wants to “fundamentally transform” America by continually shifting it to the left; it’s a goal of at least some in their entertainment department as well.

Oh, and speaking of their news division, it would take a heart of stone not to laugh at this Chyron de coeur:


As with the rest of the gang on the Journolist, CNN certainly did everything they could to help Mr. Obama retcon history in 2008, however:

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I’m not interested in stories about slavery anymore unless they tell the untold stories of the masses of Europeans enslaved and oppressed by Moslems or enslaved and oppressed by Socialism.

Where is the mini-series of “The Gulag Archipelgo?”

Slavery was abolished in Great Britain in 1833, in the USA in 1865, in Saudi Arabia in 1962, and in Europe (too many countries to list) in 1991, when the USSR disintegrated. Why did Europe take over a century to catch up to the US?
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