I can’t say I’m surprised that the leadership of our ruling political party decided to flex its muscle by forcing one of the three major television networks to cancel a program critical of one of the party icons, but I am surprised, a little, at how little outcry resulted.
The headline in USA Today was astonishing: “CBS Drops ‘Reagans’ Amid Furor over Bias” Right. The issue was “bias,” not “suppression of politically incorrect thought.” The RNC couldn’t have said it better.
Personally, I rather disapprove of docu-drama, because the viewer has no way to know what’s documented and what isn’t. But docu-drama itself is no longer controversial: “The Reagans” was cancelled not for making stuff up, but for making up stuff powerful people didn’t want the voters exposed to. Scary.