It’s Not Just About the Bottom Line

In a recent article at the Daily Wire, John Nolte notes that ABC recently dropped the sitcom Last Man Standing for what are very likely less than sound financial reasons(Article HERE.)

The real reason ABC canceled “Last Man Standing” was almost certainly due to politics. Allen’s character is, as described by Deadline, a …

… political conservative and devout Christian adhering to traditional American values, the blue-collar comedy appeals to viewers in the Heartland, a constituency that helped elect Donald Trump as president and has been energized post-election as evidenced by the ratings success of new USA drama Shooter.

Through his character, the politically conservative Allen has poked fun at Hillary Clinton, political correctness, and the Left at large. Worse still, he has created a popular, sympathetic and likable television personality who holds the beliefs and values our entertainment and media elites want to tell us can only belong to Nazis.

Moreover, the ABC television network is owned by Disney, a rabidly left-wing company run by Bob Iger, who, for years, has been a huge supporter of both Bill and Hillary Clinton. In order to protect the Clintons, Iger has gone so far as to eat $40 million. The Path to 9/11 was a popular 2006 miniseries that offered only light criticism of Bill Clinton’s handling of Osama bin Laden. Although the original idea was to rerun the program every September 11, Iger has not only refused to rerun it even once (losing all that advertising revenue), he won’t even release it on home video.

That kind of corporate fascism, Iger’s willingness to shove a $40 million investment into a ditch, only helps us to make sense of ABC’s strangling of a proven golden goose like Last Man Standing.

No one better understands the power of popular culture than those who work in it. They know that if even one is allowed to get through, a Path to 9/11, a Last Man Standing, a Duck Dynasty, a Passion of the Christ, a 13 Hours, a Fox News, that it must be crushed, toxified, or memory-holed out of the fear that those brainwashed by popular culture might discover another side to the story. And then there is the intolerable risk that a success might breed more of them.

No matter the financial cost, this cannot be allowed. (emphasis added)

If Nolte’s assessment is correct — and his case is compelling — this is just one more reminder that the idea that corporations are just interested in “profits” is horseshit. Indeed, in many instances, corporations are as political and ideologically-motivated as academics or SJWs are. In fact, one of the great mistakes of modern conservatives was to give such great respect to “businesses” and corporations, rather than being as leery of corporations as they are of the government. It is also a point that the Hard Right needs to remember: that though commerce is fine, and though businesses are vital to civilization, those same businesses are not immune to the pull of leftist ideology, nor are they in any way less potentially dangerous than academia or government is. Thus, they should be viewed as academia or the government is viewed: as a necessary component of life, but one which can easily become an enemy to the Right if it is allowed to do so.

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