Sunday, August 09, 2015

This is probably a bit of television pre-history...

...but remember how everyone thought that Dan Quayle's perfectly reasonable and intelligent speech about how fathers are not dispensable was mocked on the TV comedy Murphy Brown and went viral and did a lot to destroy the idea that the preferred family was one where the mother and father were committed to each other and the children?

I do.

It turns out that Candice Bergen - the star of Murphy Brown - agreed with the speech.

But, of course, she could never say that when it mattered becasue there was a culture war for the fever swamp left to win.

//Now she tells us. Ten years ago, when then-Vice President Dan Quayle notoriously criticized Candice Bergen’s Murphy Brown character for ”mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another ‘lifestyle choice,”’ the actress had little to say about the matter, even as others argued over whether the popular ”Murphy Brown” sitcom was really setting a bad example or whether Quayle was just trying to make hay during an election year by criticizing the entertainment industry. Yesterday, however, Bergen told a gathering of TV critics that Quayle had a point.

Bergen was attending the annual summer critics’ confab in Pasadena to promote her new Oxygen series, ”Candice Checks It Out,” in which she interviews non-celebrities on their own turf, but what reporters really wanted to check out were her thoughts on the decade-old Quayle quote. ”I never have really said much about the whole episode, which was endless,” the Associated Press quotes her as saying. ”But his speech was a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable and nobody agreed with that more than I did.”//

Of course, on the show, as is the case for liberal elitists, the Murphy Brown child was just an accessory for the character and was quickly written out of the all-important life of the main character.

Metaphors...we've got metaphors.


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