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'Reagans' flap: Conservative turning point?
USA Today ^ | November 10, 2003 | Michael Medved

Posted on 11/10/2003 9:30:18 AM PST by arual

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:41:28 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The recent battle over the CBS miniseries The Reagans simultaneously demonstrates the American right's new media power and its lingering sense of persecution and impotence. On the one hand, conservatives flexed their muscles with a stunning mobilization of public protest to force the network to cancel plans to broadcast the series in its mid-November "sweeps" period.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boycott; cbs; conservatives; medved; michaelmedved; reagan; thereagans

1 posted on 11/10/2003 9:30:18 AM PST by arual
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To: arual
I HOPE it's a conservative turning point!
2 posted on 11/10/2003 9:32:33 AM PST by Judith Anne (Send a message to the Democrat traitors--ROCKEFELLER MUST RESIGN!)
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To: arual
I doubt CBS et al will ever make a docudrama of Kennedy disclosing his womanizing and drug addicitions/dependencies. Fair & Balanced?
3 posted on 11/10/2003 9:33:40 AM PST by Humvee
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To: arual
Any movie producer wanting to explore a post-9-11 thriller with a conservative point of view should check out my novel.


4 posted on 11/10/2003 9:35:08 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Judith Anne
FYI..there's a thread here somewheres with a link to the complete text of the screenplay...maybe someone can doma search and ost a link..I have to run...regards..
5 posted on 11/10/2003 9:35:09 AM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050
I saw that link and lost it...busy with the MEMOGATE explosion.

See you later. ;-D
6 posted on 11/10/2003 9:36:27 AM PST by Judith Anne (Send a message to the Democrat traitors--ROCKEFELLER MUST RESIGN!)
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To: arual





I thought the Florida coup was the turning point for conservatives.

Or was it the "Take back the Senate!" campaign of 2002?


7 posted on 11/10/2003 9:37:24 AM PST by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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To: arual; SierraWasp; Liz; BOBTHENAILER; Miss Marple
Thanks for posting this article. These summaries and the suggestion are excellent:

"Conservatives have mobilized inventiveness and passion to ensure journalistic communication of our point of view.

"We've also developed peerless expertise in exposing and condemning liberal excesses in the popular culture.

"The high-profile battle over an entertainment show such as The Reagans suggests that the time has come to take the next step. In other words, those on the right who feel assaulted by left-wing messages in pop culture — from sitcoms to award shows, from feature films to pop songs — should do less complaining and more creating.



We need a company that produces tv shows based on conservative values. I would be willing to buy stock in such a company.

Also, we need a national conservative newspaper to counter USA Today, the NY Slimes, LA Slimes and other rat controlled fish wraps.

Last but not least, we need a conservative financial reporting group to present the financial news correctly and not in the left wing manner that CBS, CNBC, Reuters and Bloomberg do.

Again many conservatives like me would be glad to buy stock in these organizations.
8 posted on 11/10/2003 9:38:46 AM PST by Grampa Dave ("If you can read this, thank a teacher!....Since it is in English, thank a Veteran!")
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To: Sabertooth
Too bad Frist and Co. don't seem to have noticed.
9 posted on 11/10/2003 9:40:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Sabertooth; maica; Freee-dame
The turning point was Florida 2000, and Free Republic was the catalyst for rapid conservative counter-attacks, something the 'rats had never seen before.
10 posted on 11/10/2003 9:40:14 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Grampa Dave; archy
Hey, I've got a novel ready to become a screenplay if such a network gets off the ground!
11 posted on 11/10/2003 9:41:22 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Humvee
I doubt CBS et al will ever make a docudrama of Kennedy disclosing his womanizing and drug addicitions/dependencies. Fair & Balanced?

How about a complete and factual account of the Bill and Hillary Clinton story? /sarcasm/

How about Fair & Balanced too?

12 posted on 11/10/2003 9:43:15 AM PST by rllngrk33 (Liberals are guilty of everything they accuse Conservatives of.)
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To: Grampa Dave
That type of corporation would be a real money-maker. I would buy stock as well.

The mystery to me is why no one has done this. Given the success of Fox, it is obvious there is a ready audience.

13 posted on 11/10/2003 9:44:31 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Travis McGee; Liz; SierraWasp; BOBTHENAILER
I think that PAX is about the closest.

All of our funds are in IRAs and 401ks. Our Fido Iras allow us to buy any stock sold on a major exchange.

Besides wanting to invest in something like this for the good of the country/world, I think that investments in the companies providing what I noted would be good investments.

If this your current novel or another one?
14 posted on 11/10/2003 9:46:22 AM PST by Grampa Dave ("If you can read this, thank a teacher!....Since it is in English, thank a Veteran!")
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To: Travis McGee
Travis posted, "The turning point was Florida 2000, and Free Republic was the catalyst for rapid conservative counter-attacks, something the 'rats had never seen before."

That was the real beginning. There have been other victories along the road. There will be many more in the next year.


15 posted on 11/10/2003 9:48:17 AM PST by Grampa Dave ("If you can read this, thank a teacher!....Since it is in English, thank a Veteran!")
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To: Miss Marple
Well, we know that some highly connected people/groups read and scan FR.

Hopefully, someone will wake up and bring these ideas into reality. Like you, I feel that there is a great opportunity for a double success:

#1 Getting the truth out there for all to see and read.
#2. As you noted, these could be excellent financial investments.

Also, I'm surprised that some mutual fund company hasn't come out with a conservative guided mutual fund. The other side has Green Funds and so called Socially Responsible funds. Some of the SR funds have good track records and have performed as well if not better than others in their categories.
16 posted on 11/10/2003 9:53:48 AM PST by Grampa Dave ("If you can read this, thank a teacher!....Since it is in English, thank a Veteran!")
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To: arual
"Consider the impact of Oliver Stone's skillful but paranoid thriller, JFK. Some Americans always had believed that President Kennedy died at the hands of a conspiracy, but polls showed that this conviction became vastly more common after the release of the Oscar-nominated film in 1991."

For the record, two things:

1. The Congress of the USA concluded that JFK most likely died as the result of a conspiracy. That was the result of the report of the House & Senate Select Committees on Assassinations.

2. Oliver Stone's "JFK" is a near literal film version of Judge Garrison's book "On the Trail of the Assassins" which was published in the late '60's. The claim that "JFK" is Stone's personal, paranoid delusion regarding JFK's death is simply untrue.

17 posted on 11/10/2003 10:09:45 AM PST by Ozone34
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To: arual
Pundits are reading entirely too much into this. It was at most a skirmish in the culture wars. If the movie had not been filled with actionable slanders, conservatives would not have been able to chase them off the air.

But to see liberals squirming in frustration and shame is certainly enjoyable.
18 posted on 11/10/2003 10:11:23 AM PST by witnesstothefall
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To: Grampa Dave
PAX was founded by Cali gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon.
19 posted on 11/10/2003 10:53:52 AM PST by Liz
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To: Grampa Dave
These summaries and the suggestion are excellent: "Conservatives have mobilized inventiveness and passion to ensure journalistic communication of our point of view. "We've also developed peerless expertise in exposing and condemning liberal excesses in the popular culture.

Yup.

20 posted on 11/10/2003 10:58:01 AM PST by Liz
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To: arual
We Need a "Reagan" movie that gives Reagan the respect he deserves.

21 posted on 11/10/2003 11:40:44 AM PST by WOSG (I SUPPORT COLONEL WEST.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Again many conservatives like me would be glad to buy stock in these organizations.

You and me both....great suggestions BTW. I'd be a buyer in any one of 'em cause their success would be virtually assured. Witness the astonishing success of FOX against all cable comers.

The public is literally CRAVING an alternative voice to the RAT propaganda machine.

22 posted on 11/10/2003 11:58:16 AM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in groups or whole armies.....we don't care how we getcha, but we will)
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To: Humvee
"I doubt CBS et al will ever make a docudrama of Kennedy disclosing his womanizing and drug addicitions/dependencies."

Well, it wasn't CBS and it wasn't a docudrama, but I did watch parts of "The Kennedys" mini-series years ago, it may well have been PBS, I don't remember. It was fairly unstinting as I recall, and I will never forget the last line. The series had old Joe, Sr. as the lead protagonist, and after the lengthy recountings of death and disgrace, the narrator said "He was willing to pay any price for power, but he never dreamed the price would be so high."

And for one second I felt very sorry for the lot of them.


23 posted on 11/10/2003 12:04:58 PM PST by jocon307 (W - Four more years!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: arual
The recent battle over the CBS miniseries The Reagans simultaneously demonstrates the American right's new media power and its lingering sense of persecution and impotence.

Huh???

WE KICKED A$$!

24 posted on 11/10/2003 12:09:16 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: witnesstothefall
It was at most a skirmish in the culture wars. If the movie had not been filled with actionable slanders, conservatives would not have been able to chase them off the air.
I agree. I'd love to see a respectful treatment of Reagan's experience in the Screen Actor's Guild, for example--but where are you gonna get the expertise to make it? The experts are pretty much dead set against giving Reagan an even break, let alone a favorable hearing.

25 posted on 11/10/2003 12:11:18 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The everyday blessings of God are great--they just don't make "good copy.")
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To: Liz
That is interesting. Is there a stock for the holding company?
26 posted on 11/10/2003 12:37:07 PM PST by Grampa Dave ("If you can read this, thank a teacher!....Since it is in English, thank a Veteran!")
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To: Grampa Dave
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ABOUT PAX Paxson Communications Corporation owns and operates the nation's largest broadcast television distribution system and PAX TV, family television. PAX TV reaches 87% of U.S. television households via nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems. PAX TV's fall shows include the original series "Body & Soul," "Just Cause," "Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye," "It's A Miracle," "Candid Camera" and "Doc," starring recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus. For more information, visit PAX TV's website at http://www.pax.tv./

27 posted on 11/10/2003 1:37:14 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
Thanks. It has out performed the Dow and the S&P 500 ytd:


28 posted on 11/10/2003 1:59:39 PM PST by Grampa Dave ("If you can read this, thank a teacher!....Since it is in English, thank a Veteran!")
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To: arual; Caleb1411; The Big Econ
BUMP
29 posted on 11/10/2003 3:35:58 PM PST by rhema
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To: arual
The general thrust of the article is fine, but there is little concrete suggestion just how we crack the near monopoly that he refers to. Simply organizing to demand balance in programming will not supply the production needs involved, even if the studio and network managers decide to humor us. The sad truth is that most of the "artistic" community exhibit the same signs of near total brainwashing, as do most of the Academic community. The break through in "Talk Radio," is purely a result of the high ratings that anyone challenging the Leftist stereotypical analysis of the contemporary scene can expect to generate.

But it is a lot easier to find a good talker--an articulate individual than the combination of talent required to produce a good movie or TV series--and then you still have to sell that combination to a studio, etc..

Don't mistake my drift. I think Medved is right. We have to try to meet this challenge. But don't anyone imagine that it will be easy.

William Flax Return Of The Gods Web Site

30 posted on 11/10/2003 3:48:35 PM PST by Ohioan
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