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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Roseanne

 AN EDITED VERSION OF THIS POST APPEARS IN THE RECORD, A BERGEN COUNTY NEWSPAPER

Please don't treat ABC as if they deserve sainthood for dumping Roseanne. They took on a keg of dynamite and it exploded.

They swiftly decided to walk away from the resulting destruction, in a time when the Matt Lauer's, Bill O'Reilly's and Charley Rose's have turned from princes to pariahs in a heartbeat. It is a moment in this arena when it is not prudent for networks to seem indecisive in the face of reprehensible behavior.

So goodbye and good riddance to a show that soft pedaled ugliness of the type that emanates from the very seat of power in this nation. One that allowed those who think much as our President to take comfort in the notion that they were somehow harmless, that their biases and prejudices were not really so bad after all, that in reality they were nothing worse than cranky. ABC bought into this narrative, they owned it and now they are forced by circumstance, not conscience, to bid it farewell. 

I neither shed tears for their loss nor applaud their swift sword. When you lie down with dogs....

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said.. they gave her the platform to promote her hate speech.. which she had a long history of...I wish they could take someone else’s away too

PM

Dori K. said...

They wanted to show a true Trump voter and that's what they got. I know that this would blow up in some way. I'm thinking of the cast and crew and writers and interns that all lost jobs yesterday.

Robert Engel said...

As always, so well said. The entertainment and news media have failed to protect and educate the American public, which is what the FCC's original mandate was and still is. They have allowed Hillary's trivial email "issue" to dominate the news throughout the election year. Stupid, stupid, stupid. They have allowed the fascist wolf to enter through democracy's door. Their failure has altered history in a bad way. The networks should be held accountable somehow. --RE

Anonymous said...

The racist in chief spawns this behavior. Well said.


TT

Anonymous said...

Makes me want to subscribe to the Record

PB