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The white-trashing of American television.

Mar 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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Obama was elected by the wizard brigade, a children’s crusade. Obama read Harry Potter to his Sasha and Malia. It is inconceivable that he’s reading them the vampire books. The wizards are in bad shape now .  .  . seeing as they do that they’re surrounded now by Zombies, the tea baggers, a growling mob of brain-dead idiots led by the Vampires. .  .  . What upsets them about Obama’s origins is that he has actual proof of human birth. .  .  . They’re the embarrassing reflection of our lives.

It must be said that embarrassment comes in many shapes and sizes, including intellectual embarrassment, like Michael Tolkin’s argument here. As it happens, these shows are not embarrassing at all. For one thing (with the exception of True Blood), they’re just too good, too interesting, too flavorful. Still, rich Hollywood folk making mincemeat out of poor rural folk is another element of the ongoing American culture war that should not go unremarked.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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