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Imagine this. At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere. He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.
The news media swoons in admiration -- one simpering anchorman even shouts at a reporter who asks a tough question: ``Why dont you show some respect?!!'' The public is likewise smitten, except for a few nut cases who circulate batty rumors on the Internet about the leader's origins and intentions. The leader, undismayed, offers assurances that are soothing, if also just a tiny bit condescending: ``Embracing change is never easy.''
So, does that sound like anyone you know? Oh, wait -- did I mention the leader is secretly a totalitarian space lizard who's come here to eat us?
Welcome to ABC's V, the final, the most fascinating and bound to be the most controversial new show of the fall television season. Nominally a rousing sci-fi space opera about alien invaders bent on the conquest (and digestion) of all humanity, it's also a barbed commentary on Obamamania that will infuriate the president's supporters and delight his detractors.
``We're all so quick to jump on the bandwagon,'' observes one character. ``A ride on the bandwagon, it sounds like fun. But before we get on, let us at least make sure it is sturdy.''
Newsweek editor Evan Thomas brought adulation over President Obama’s Cairo speech to a whole new level on Friday, declaring on MSNBC: "I mean in a way Obamas standing above the country, above – above the world, hes sort of God."
ABC’s Alien Invasion Drama “V” Is Too Real for the Obama Administration
When I first heard liberals howling about supposed anti-Obama messages in ABC’s new sci-fi drama “V,” I rolled my eyes. The story of Earth falling for the false promises of sinister aliens may sound like the Barack Obama Hope-&-Change Tour 2008, but it’s hardly a new theme for the science-fiction genre—not only did “The Twilight Zone” famously tackle it way back when, but “V” itself is actually a direct remake of a TV miniseries that first aired in 1983. Any resemblance between the 44th President and two-faced space lizards had to be coincidental…at least, that’s what I thought before Sean Hannity aired clips from the new show.
The first clip shows a gullible teenager eagerly promoting the Vs’ agenda through the World Wide Web:
I’m not obsessed…well, y’know what, the Vs, they call it spreading hope.
Okay, maybe that does sound kind of familiar. Next, Hannity highlights a scene in which an attractive, smooth-talking V representative sits down for an interview:
V: Be sure not to ask anything that would paint us in a negative light.
HOST: Excuse me?
V: Don’t ask any questions that would portray us negatively.
HOST: This is just how it’s done. I swear I’ll be fair.
V: You’ll need to be more than fair if you want to proceed. We can’t be seen in a negative light…We want to provide complete medical services to all.
HOST: You’re talking about universal healthcare.
V: I believe that’s what you call it, yes.
Stop the presses! Hope-bringers who won’t tolerate an adversarial media, because it would distract people from the cause of health care reform? It’s certainly a breath of fresh air from mainstream entertainment’s usual modus operandi. Now that’s change we can believe in!
Somebody in Hollywood must have been asleep at the switch in order for “V’s” thoughtcrimes to make it past the drawing board, but now that the Left has noticed, it’s time to crack down: