Hil­lary’s new role as CBS guest star

Boston Herald - - OPINION - By L. BRENT BOZELL III L. Brent Bozell III is the pres­i­dent of the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter.

Hil­lary Clin­ton isn’t pres­i­dent, but Hol­ly­wood is of­fer­ing the big­gest con­so­la­tion prize it has: work­ing her into TV plots where she can be toasted as wise and won­der­ful. Within the first two weeks of the fall sea­son, CBS has done this twice. On the Oct. 7 episode of the drama “Madam Sec­re­tary,” ter­ror­ists send a rocket-pro­pelled grenade into the White House dur­ing a sign­ing cer­e­mony for an In­dia-Pak­istan peace treaty. It turns out the ter­ror­ists are the Aryan Pop­u­lar Force, white na­tion­al­ists with a neo-Nazi echo. In the last 10 min­utes of the episode, fic­tional Sec­re­tary of State El­iz­a­beth McCord meets in her of­fice with ac­tual former Sec­re­taries of State Hil­lary Clin­ton, Madeleine Al­bright and Colin Pow­ell, and they all make noble mini-speeches about re­as­sur­ing the coun­try. Clin­ton pro­claims: “They at­tacked what has made Amer­ica great, and still does, and that is our di­ver­sity. I mean, look at us.” Pow­ell adds: “And the at­tack­ers wanted to de­stroy that, to di­vide us.” Di­ver­sity is three former Cab­i­net of­fi­cials who all voted for Barack Obama and against Don­ald Trump. Clin­ton con­tin­ues: “So, you know, El­iz­a­beth, I think what we’re all say­ing is talk about what unites us. Even at this mo­ment of peril, re­mind Amer­i­cans of our na­tion’s orig­i­nal motto, some­thing that I think about a lot and which seems more im­por­tant to­day than ever: e pluribus unum, ‘out of many, one.’ ” Al­bright agrees: “Hil­lary, you’re so right. Be­cause we all, uni­fied, de­pend on each other.” Then CBS’ fic­tional leader speaks to the na­tion against hate, say­ing: “Na­tion­al­ism, the be­lief sys­tem held by those who at­tacked us, pro­motes the idea that in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity rep­re­sent weak­ness, that the only way to suc­ceed is to give blind al­le­giance to the supremacy of one race over all oth­ers. Noth­ing could be less Amer­i­can.” In this heavy-handed civics les­son, pa­tri­o­tism was all about “em­brac­ing our di­ver­sity.” This is how Hol­ly­wood’s dis­traught Clin­ton vot­ers keep cam­paign­ing, screen­writ­ing shows that im­ply that Pres­i­dent Trump is soft on neo-Nazis. They would have never tol­er­ated the ar­gu­ment that Pres­i­dent Obama was soft on rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism — as he stu­diously avoided the term. But wait, this trans­par­ent pro­pa­ganda can be even more un­watch­able. On the Sept. 27 pre­miere of “Mur­phy Brown,” Brown, played by Candice Ber­gen, now has a morn­ing show at a CNNish cable net­work, but there is an on­go­ing joke that she can’t keep a sec­re­tary. Clin­ton ar­rives to en­thu­si­as­tic ap­plause and wide-eyed gawk­ing from Mur­phy. The bad joke here is that this isn’t re­ally Hil­lary Clin­ton but a look-alike with just one “l” in her first name. If there’s a lamer ex­cuse for a cameo, we can’t think of one. So there’s an awk­ward job in­ter­view full of bad jokes. Mur­phy says the sec­re­tary job is de­mand­ing. Hi­lary says: “I’m not afraid of hard work. I’m qual­i­fied. And I’m ready on day one.” Mur­phy asks about her pre­vi­ous sec­re­tar­ial ex­pe­ri­ence, and Hi­lary says, “For four years, I was the sec­re­tary ... of a very large or­ga­ni­za­tion.” Mur­phy asks about her com­puter skills (“Emails, hmm. I do have some ex­pe­ri­ence with emails”) and her abil­ity to be a part of a team (“It takes a vil­lage”). Mur­phy says she sounds overqual­i­fied. As Hi­lary leaves, she gives Mur­phy her busi­ness card with the email “Hi­lary@YouCoul­daHadMe.com.” Af­ter all of the sex­ual ha­rass­ment em­bar­rass­ments at CBS, from Les Moonves at the top to Char­lie Rose and Jeff Fager cir­cling the drain, is it some kind of strange fem­i­nist penance to pro­mote Hil­lary Clin­ton at this late date? Or is the real world just so hard to han­dle that lib­er­als have to dwell in­side a Hol­ly­wood fan­tasy bub­ble of What Should Have Been?

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