Success and Silence

Not long ago, a petition went around asking Fox News to move Greg Gutfeld’s terrific Red Eye out of the 3AM time slot to maybe 11PM – some time when it could be seen without the use of a DVR.  Personally, I don’t think this goes far enough.  I would like to see Fox start an entirely new cable network aimed at a younger audience with Greg as its linchpin.  There’s plenty of talent around to appeal to conservatives who aren’t yet ready to watch ads for cholesterol meds.  Why not put it to use?  Breitbart might do something on the media? John Nolte or some of his Big Hollywood creations could do a showbiz show.  Dana Loesch is smart and beautiful – I’m sure she has some ideas.

Beyond that, why does Rupert Murdoch have to do everything?  Why has no one seized on the success of Fox News in order to create a pro-American entertainment network?  Where are conservatives in general when it comes to following up on conservative media success?  Pro-American films make money where anti-American films bomb. Religious films make money where anti-religious films bomb.  Blue Bloods – the most openly conservative TV show in years – is not only a hit, it’s leading the pack in foreign sales.  Why aren’t there any TV execs getting together and saying:  “Conservatives – they’re this year’s desperate housewives!”

No good reviews for such endeavors?  No newspaper and magazine attention?  No awards?  No invitations to cocktail parties?  Why don’t conservatives start their own review outlets…  award shows…  parties?  Why are the only conservative enterprises political and never cultural?

I know, I know.  Because liberals hold the fort.  They blacklist everyone they disagree with.  They shout us down.  And the need to put our money and effort into the short term goal of toppling the Obama administration draws all our attention away from finding the conservative John Stewart.

But the long term belongs to the culture.  When lefties sell their dishonest histories and latest environmental scare or GOP conspiracy through Law and Order or the next Matt Damon thriller, why do we always complain instead of fighting back?  Every time we go head to head with liberals in the culture, we win big – huge.

Why don’t we keep pushing forward on every cultural front?


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  • shinsnake

    I think a big reason a lot of conservatives are hesitant to throw money behind the conservative brand is because they are afraid of their returns. “I Want Your Money” was openly conservative and roundly ignored. Atlas Shrugged Part 1, which conservatives can at least find some pleasant ideas in, was mostly held at arm’s length by conservative reviewers and moviegoers alike. Battle LA never once mentioned its conservatism along military lines and it was found by conservatives and turned into a big hit. I have some politically conservative short stories on my blog, my second novel is very political, and yet barely any conservatives I talk with on Twitter or other blogs read it much and they comment and promote it even less. Now, it’s quite possible that I’m a terrible writer and my stories are not worth reading, but is it possible that almost every openly conservative venture is terrible and deserves an incredibly low amount of support? I don’t think that’s possible much less is it likely.

    So, if conservatives don’t support the small amount of conservative content out there, then how could a whole network expect to be able to survive off catering to such a small community? Don’t get me wrong, I would eat up such a channel were it to exist (that’s what I thought RightNetwork would be), and apparently, Mr. Klavan, so would you. But it’s worrisome that we may be unique beasts and in such small numbers.

    Maybe quality is the issue and such a thing as a conservative entertainment network would just naturally spring up as quality rose and interest rose along with it, but I’m actually worried that interest will remain low regardless of the quality of the offering.

  • Mike Whitacre

    Both you and Alfonzo Rachel seem to have this same theme when it comes to conservatives and culture, two “Cs” which are often depicted (unfairly, in my opinion) as two opposite elements like water and oil.  However, and this is just my understanding, I don’t think it’s fair to have this defeatist approach when it comes to conservatives in culture because, as you pointed out, we win, hands down, for the most part.

    The thing that separates the men from the boys (conservative versus liberal art/entertainment), so to speak, is this:  conservatives don’t shove heavy issues and abstract ideas down people’s throats.  The problem isn’t that art and entertainment are constantly against conservatives.  The problem is that art/entertainment is malleable, and even the most conservative of artists can be shape-shifted into a political agenda.  The problem, as far as conservatives are concerned, is our minor complaints and discourse that get over-blown.

    Also, and this is just coming from my personal viewing of the arts, conservatives have dominated the market of books.  We should be ecstatic about seeing authors who, ironically, become New York Times Bestsellers without breaking a sweat.  I read Dean Koontz almost religiously, and I’m going to make my way towards your books, Mr. Klavan (both K last names, oddly enough).  My point is this:  both you and Mr. Koontz, and others, have a success that hasn’t gone unnoticed, and it’s done without the critics with sharp tongues and high noses.  Reviews don’t shape my book reading or movie watching, I shape it, and I think more people are starting to turn critics into dead artists, but I’m just being optimistic.

  • bill54

    Linchpin, not lynch pin. Thanks.  Lynch has some weird connotations in this context!