Friday, May 27, 2005

Network Agitprop...


This is not funny. Its not cute. And its not just entertainment. Recent remarks made by characters of the popular NBC television show, "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" made the overt comparison of Republican Senator Tom Delay to a homicidal White Supremist. B&C reported yesterday (HT: Freeper Pikamax):
According to a transcript exerpt supplied B&C by DeLay's office, the show's finale features a white supremacist who kills a judge's family, and the killing of an appellate judge. As the detectives hunt for the judge killer, one says: "Maybe we should put out an APB for somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt."
The office of Tom DeLay, sent a letter of concern to NBC Universal Television Group President Jeffrey Zucker Thursday citing "a failure of stewardship of our public airwaves," and a "brazen lack of judgment" on the part of the Network. The B&C article goes on...
Saying he assumed it was a response to his comments about Congress closely monitoring federal judges, an obviously upset DeLay wrote Zucker: "To equate legitimate constitutional inquiry into the role of our courts with a threat of violence against our judges is to equate the First Amendment with terrorism."

NBC responded to the statement: "This episode is in keeping with the spirit and standards of the Law & Order brand.
NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly has since responded: "The script line involved an exasperated detective, bedeviled by a lack of clues, making a sarcastic comment about the futility of looking for a suspect when no specific description existed. This isolated piece of gritty cop talk was neither a political comment, nor an accusation."

Producer Dick Wolf, creator of the "Law & Order" franchise, took a swipe at DeLay in his own statement on Thursday, saying, "I ... congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show."

The NBC programming was indeed both an accusation and a political comment, Mr Reilly. And the implication inherent to the subsequent remarks of the show's producer confirms that. But, what is worse -insidious in fact - is what such imbedded messages infer about the nature of contemporary Network broadcasting; especially that of NBC programming. Arguably the most popular form of information and entertainment media, television has become a vehicle for the dissemination of political propaganda of the worst variety. Like the procedure from which it orginally assumed its name, agitprop was employed by the Communist Party of the Soviet State to act on the mind, while agitation acted on emotions, thus giving rise to the term "agitation propaganda". The intent was to subvert the independent thought of its citizens.

The similar intent with shows like "Law and Order," is to subvert the independent thought of NBC viewers. The term 'agitprop' refers to any form of mass media, such as a television program or film, that tries to influence opinion for political, commercial or other ends, especially if it aims to convince people through agitating their minds with highly emotional language of problems in present-day society or politics. (Reference Wikipedia)

What was this episode if not a deliberate attempt to manifest a political opinion? ... based on a complete fabrication of the facts! It is a reality that should chill everyone in this nation down to their Orwellian recollections.

And NBC flips it off like a trivial irrelevancy. You might want to let them know that we don't.

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