It is more or less common knowledge among conservatives that the entertainment industry has done more than its share in abetting far-left social engineering in America. While I would certainly not be the first commentator to enumerate the multitudinous examples thereof, I did thoroughly analyze the machinations of film and television producers with respect to race issues since the 1970s in my book, "Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal – America's Racial Obsession."
An interesting phenomenon has recently come to light, however, suggesting that at least one faction in Hollywood is attempting to directly influence public opinion as regards President Obama. If this is true, it goes far beyond simply carrying the water for those with whom they are ideologically kindred, as described in "Negrophilia."
The presidency of Barack Obama has been injurious to the image of black Americans in politics. Prior to his election, one of his glaring deficiencies was his lack of experience. While even his detractors realize that his race has nothing to do with his being an anti-American, Marxist scoundrel, one still has to consider the superficial associations people can make in this vein. I have stated that it's unfortunate that our first black president had to be a person of Obama's character, because he does represent a blemish on the legacy of black Americans. In the best-case scenario, he will wind up merely being a footnote: our first black president. The specter of the worst-case scenario is what has motivated and mobilized Americans toward thwarting his agenda.
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As a result of the dim view this president has cultivated, and its potential cultural blowback, it appears that the producers of certain television shows might have come on board to effect damage control in this area. In order to to counter the perception of ineptitude that has come about associated with Obama and his lack of leadership skills, an effort seems to have been made to portray blacks in high places as competent leaders in dramatic roles.
To be fair, some of these occurrences took place prior to Obama actually taking office, but a good case could be made that it was the intent of these organizations to prepare the American public for the leadership of a black individual via positive portrayals of black leaders. I would contend that America needed no such preparation, but that's another issue. The stronger argument exists in these concerned parties making their efforts in the face of Obama's subsequent plummeting popularity.
In any case: Within the past two years, the producers of several popular police dramas have made wholesale replacements of Caucasian leadership figures with black characters.
- In Spring of 2009, CBS' "NCIS" killed off the character in a supervisory role, a Caucasian female, and replaced her with a black male character.
- For more than eight seasons, the head honcho in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (also a CBS property) was a white actor, William Petersen (aka Gil Grissom). In 2009, he was written out of the show and the leadership role was taken over by Ray Langston, played by Laurence Fishburne.
- "Castle" is an ABC Television comedy-drama that premiered in March of 2009. The white protagonist's boss is played by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (as Captain Roy Montgomery). Santiago-Hudson is black and Latino, as well as a 2009 NAACP Lifetime Achievement Theatre Award winner.
- In "Fringe," a Fox offering that premiered in fall of 2008 (just prior to the election), the director of the scientific and paranormally derived "Fringe Division" of the FBI is played by Lance Reddick, a black actor once again, presiding over an almost exclusively white unit.
- In "The Mentalist," also by CBS, black actress Aunjanue Ellis plays Madeleine Hightower – the "special agent in charge" of the California Bureau of Investigation.
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Is there a problem with black Americans being portrayed in a positive light? Emphatically, no; in fact, one of the chief complaints conservatives have voiced is the lack of positive ethnic minority role models being offered in entertainment media. Nor should anyone take exception to accomplished blacks occupying leadership positions in any setting. What gives pause here is what appears to be a deliberately gratuitous presentation thereof, at a positively uncanny temporal juncture.
All this may sound a bit far-fetched to some, but we seem to be living in a time of the far-fetched turning out to be quite real. After all, the midterm election in November essentially represented millions of American voters suddenly realizing that these "progressives" who had gained so much political power were indeed the closet communists against whom they had been warned! Inasmuch as Congress and the White House had become lousy with them, said voters determined that we were in serious trouble. Even since the election, immediately after which the president appeared humbled, his dogged advancement of unpopular, radical policy has bordered on the irrational and compulsive.
While there is no precedent for TV entertainment divisions mustering a propaganda campaign to benefit a sitting president, there was no precedent in 2008 for TV news divisions to act as the propaganda arm of a presidential candidate's campaign. Yet this is precisely what occurred and what, say many, put Obama in the White House.