And the Most Popular Show on Television Is...

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."


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 images.)