Too Hot Favorite Bill Whittle says Republicans are losing because of "Family Guy"

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    Yep, cartoons are now a part of the lame-stream media...

    Got it. :tongue:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/09/01/conservative-blogger-republicans-are-losing-because-of-family-guy/

    Conservative editor: Republicans are losing because of Family Guy

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    By Eric W. Dolan
    Sunday, September 1, 2013 14:02 EDT


    Republicans are losing to Democrats because pop culture in the United States is dominated by liberal thought, according to conservative writer and TV editor Bill Whittle.

    At the RightOnline Conference in Orlando on Saturday, Whittle singled out the TV show Family Guy with particular disdain.

    “Any audience of people that grew up with classical Superman automatically love this country because Superman is about the best America we can be, and when Superman was all over the pop culture we were a nation that loved this country,” he remarked. “Now, 20 years after the peak of Superman‘s popularity along comes Gilligan’s Island. That’s pretty neutral in terms of politics. Really about the only message you can get from Gilligan’s Island is if you want to get off the island all you have to do is kill Gilligan.”

    “But if you’re a young person out there today and you can finish the theme song from Family Guy, then all the anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-Christian, anti-morality messages of Family Guy are in your head as completely and thoroughly as that theme song is.”

    The example of Superman and Family Guy illustrated how conservatives needed to construct narratives that exemplified their belief system.

    “You’re programmed by the pop culture. You’re programed by story,” Whittle said. “It’s all about stories, and if we’re the villain in all of the stories that are told we’re never going to win another election again.”

    Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrp6uewkFTk
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    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/09/02/delusional-conservative-says-family-guy-cartoon-is-causing-republicans-to-lose-elections-video/


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    Translation: There aren’t enough shows on television brainwashing people into believing as conservatives do and the only reason Americans aren’t voting for conservative political views and candidates is because of a single cartoon aired ironically by Fox.

    Seriously? Your party loses two huge Presidential elections and the only excuse you can muster as a reason for the defeats is that voters watch a certain cartoon? Not only is that insulting to the intelligence of voters, it’s just ridiculous.

    The GOP has not been losing over the last few years because of a cartoon. They’ve been losing because of their horrible policy positions and their refusal to change them. They won’t even budge a tiny bit, which is why the Republican Party is being abandoned by women, Latinos, African-Americans, and young people in droves. Republicans have largely ignored their voices and have stubbornly pursued policies most sane people oppose. Instead of actually giving a damn about women’s reproductive health, the GOP would rather spend its time making contraception and abortion services inaccessible. Instead of passing comprehensive immigration reform and reaching out to Latinos, the GOP has passed “papers, please” laws, laws that discourage Latinos from living in conservative states, and talk about Latinos as if they aren’t real Americans whether they were born here or not. And let’s not forget millennial voters aged 18-30 who disagree with Republicans on a multitude of issues ranging from same-sex marriage to war to the minimum wage to women’s reproductive rights. In fact, the only group who seem to love conservatives right now are old white men.

    Conservatives blaming ‘Family Guy’ for their own failures is like liberals blaming ‘Swamp Loggers’ or Larry The Cable Guy for theirs. The fact is, television shows attempt to appeal to a wide range of audiences. But audiences aren’t likely to watch programs that praise racism, homophobia, and hating women, therefore aren’t likely to remain on the air long if they make it at all. That’s because studios would alienate most of the population if they made such a program. It just wouldn’t survive, because viewers would change channels just like voters are switching political parties.

    Unfortunately, this story is not something written by the Onion. It actually happened. There’s a reason why Republicans aren’t appealing to Americans right now, and it’s not because Hollywood is making conservatives the evil villains. It’s because conservatives are making themselves the villains. That, plus the fact that they are ignoring reality, which Bill Whittle delightfully demonstrated for us all.
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    He is spot on with his point!
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    actually the GOP is losing voters because of people like------- Bill Whittle

    simply put---playing the 'media' card by GOP is just as lame as blacks playing the 'race' card
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    The Internet was the worst thing to ever happen to the pubs. Their BS can be refuted and called out in real time.
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    See, I always considered "classical" Superman a stand-in for New Deal style liberalism where extraordinary power can be used for the public good and defeating facism.
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    You live in Bizarro World bro... lol You are 180 degrees out of phase.
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    The Rebublicans also have to deal with the fact that over half of America is recieving Govn't benefits which always bodes better with Dems.
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    He must have missed the episode where Brian meets Rush and turns Brian Republican.

    And the voice of Rush was done by the man himself.

    Sent from my mind using ESP
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    I think the Pub party and their rino movement is the cause
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    Besides the fact that Whittle was making a point about storytelling more than anything...

    Boston Legal was one of my favorite shows. Denny Crane was a conservative so I guess the overall premise of the show must be conservative... :roll:
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    He's partially correct. All commodities contain/transmit some sort of ideology/culture, they arent just neutral things. But I think he's wrong about that ideology being a strictly partisan one, and especially an "anti-capitalist" one.
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    yes that's exactly what i was saying.
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    Another "pundit" focusing on the symptoms and not the maladies, which is in all likelihood another symptom - too many pundits and not enough foot soldiers.
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    This is a good point.

    One of the problems many of these pundits have is they look at causality as media/entertainment causing changes in the society, without realizing that it is the reverse. That is why there is such a need for the conspiratorial notions on the right when dealing with entertainment. It is too frightening for them to think that media/entertainment organizations, which are run by people with a wide variety of politics (in this case, Fox, which is run by political conservatives at the high end), and are profit maximizing, are releasing this content because it generates profits.

    If Superman generates profits, it will be released. That is capitalism. Family Guy isn't anti-capitalist (even if some jokes in it make fun of capitalists or political conservatives). It is the height of capitalism as it is a product that people want to consume released by a profit maximizing corporation in pursuit of profits.
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    Exactly right. And also interesting to note that the same company that produces Fox News, produces Family Guy.

    There's a big market for both, and Murdoch is making money satisfying those market demands.

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