[VIDEO] REASON TV Presents: The 5 Most Anti-Libertarian TV Shows Ever!Posted: October 11, 2014
For Reason.com, Meredith Bragg & Nick Gillespie assemble the worst of the worst, see the whole thing here. And don’t miss the best of the best list from earlier, we’ll include that in an upcoming post, because life is too short for bad TV.
A little while ago, we tallied up “The 5 Best Libertarian TV Shows.” South Park, Penn & Teller: Bullshit, The Wire, The Prisoner, House of Cards: They’re all there, along with your abuse in the comments for leaving out Firefly, Yes, Minister, King of the Hill, and all your other favorites.
Now it’s time to list the five TV shows that are the absolute worst from a libertarian perspective.
5. The Newsroom (2012-2014). To be fair, just about everyone hates this sanctimonious drama created by Aaron Sorkin, who also has the rosy-eyed White House valentine The West Wingin his oeuvre. Its third and final season premieres on HBO in November.
The Newsroom follows the on-air tantrums of Will McAvoy, a preening, self-righteous anchorman who can’t open his mouth without inveighing against capitalism, gun rights, or political speech with which he doesn’t agree. As played by Jeff Daniels, McAvoy is a lot like Ron Burgundy, but unintentionally funny.
4. 24 (2001-2010; 2014). Debuting only a couple of months after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, 24 exists as nothing less than agitprop for the national security state and the righteous evisceration of civil liberties.
Super-agent Jack Bauer is constantly thwarting presidential assassinations, dirty bomb detonations, and drug cartel monsters through a mix of state-sanctioned torture, black-bag jobs, and good old-fashioned abrogation of the Constitution…(read more)