Do journalists ever pause before writing another piece of left-wing claptrap and wonder to themselves: Am I about to make a fool of myself? Could what I’m about to write be used as a Babylon Bee story with only minimal editing? Am I only confirming the criticism that the mainstream media has been wholly captured by the Democratic Party? And if they do ever have these moments of reflection, does it ever stop their pen? Are they ever persuaded to use the backspace button to erase their embarrassing forays into clownishness?
Part of us hopes the answer is no, because it’s frightening to imagine that what we’re getting is the filtered version of the propaganda. And frankly, we’re pretty sure the answer IS no, because none of these “reporters” ever demonstrate the slightest amount of shame.
In any event, we were compelled to think about these things after reading the new column from Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever, who just published his Top Ten Best TV Shows of the Year piece. And what did our marveling eyes see sitting at #3? None other than the Democratic National Convention.
“They took all those ‘Hollywood liberal’ digs and put them to great use in a flawlessly produced four-night virtual event that upgraded the concept of nominating conventions — and got their message out loud and clear,” writes Stuever. “Celebrity hosts (Eva Longoria, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Julia Louis-Dreyfus), pop stars (Billie Eilish, John Legend) and big-name politicos (the Obamas, the Clintons and senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) gave a boost to the Biden/Harris ticket, but the real draw was a broad display of civic pride, from the state roll-call (‘the calamari comeback state of Rhode Island’) to a speech from 13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who connected with then-candidate Joe Biden over their shared struggle with stuttering. Why ever go back to the crowded arenas, balloon drops and disruptive applause-a-thons?”
Now…we’ll be honest. We didn’t watch a whole lot of this summer’s Democratic National Convention. But what we saw of it was punishingly boring, off-key, and – at best – politics as usual. Maybe this was a really crappy year for TV, we’re not sure. But the rest of the channels would have had to broadcast nothing but snow for us to put this trash in our Top Ten list.
Besides: What is a year-in-review list supposed to be for? What good does it serve, other than to alert people to great programs they might want to go back and watch? Is even a single person – the biggest Joe Biden fan in America, for instance – going to go back and watch hours of the DNC? It’s hard to imagine.
In case that entry wasn’t enough to confirm Stuever’s biases, he also found room in his column to praise FX’s “Mrs. America” – a nine-part miniseries bashing conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly – and “Hillary,” the four-part Hulu series that tried to turn Mrs. Clinton into an all-time political icon.
If this is what qualifies as the “Best” of TV in 2020, we might as well stick to our books.