Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to have Hollywood try and rewrite it to promote its candidate.
That’s the reality in Hollywood as the Left Coast gears up to push Hillary Clinton for president by creating TV shows to boost her damaged reputation.
In CBS’ “Madam Secretary,” the beautiful Tea Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, a CIA agent who becomes Secretary of State. Only she’s hardly a standard D.C. politico. She’s brilliant, sensitive, a great mom and not afraid to get her hands dirty. She even gets the call from the White House while she is actually mucking out a horse barn.
In reality, the woman she is modeled after spent more time shoveling manure than Leoni. So the show has been crafted to spruce up that image and convince Americans that Hillary isn’t the Secretary of State who failed at pretty much everything she touched – from the Russian reset to the Middle East.
Forget all that. Hollywood is already looking ahead to the 2016 elections and has created these shows as an in-kind contribution to the campaign.
How else can one view “Madam Secretary?” Hillary wasn’t the first female Secretary of State. That role was played by Madeleine Albright, who is now assisting the show … that’s about someone else.
Colin Powell was the first African-American in the job, but held the post as a Republican. So that never would have passed studio muster, despite his many liberal statements since. He was followed by Condoleeza Rice, an African-American, a woman and a Republican. Oops. Scratch her, too.
Both Powell and Rice have been discussed as possible presidential candidates. A show about their time at State could have been just the boost they needed.
Naturally, they never got it. Does Hollywood only like black Democrats?
But Hillary gets the full propaganda treatment.
Some in the show even dare to deny the link to Hillary, perhaps because they are embarrassed by it. But Parade Magazine cited Executive Producer Lori McCreary talking about how actor Morgan Freeman was inspired to push the show. “Morgan was watching Hillary [Clinton] during the Benghazi hearings,” said McCreary. “He called me and said, ‘What did she go home to, what does she talk about?’”
Only Hollywood liberals could be inspired by Hillary’s disgraceful Hill appearance saying, “What difference at this point does it make?” why Americans were attacked in Benghazi.
And only liberals would attempt to whitewash the Benghazi fiasco by doing the second episode of the show on its sequel. Leoni’s faux Hillary looks somber in a preview of the show’s next episode on Sunday: “Another Benghazi.” With a backdrop of protests and men firing guns in the air, Leoni appears oh so presidential. “I’m responsible for the safety of our people. I’m not taking chances,” the Fantasy Hillary said.
The episode will undoubtedly make both of them look presidential. Maybe Americans can elect Leoni. At least she can stick to a script.
Leoni’s character is a Superwoman version of Hillary, complete with blond hair and pantsuits. Of course the new, improved version is so super smart that she and her husband discuss Aquinas and Socrates while they are in bed, and she is able to memorize the difficult names of the 10 wives of the king of Swaziland
Don’t look for the news media to criticize this garbage either. They adored “West Wing” and the fantasy Bartlett presidency. Now they want to create another mythical president and are agog about the chance.
“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King went full fan girl in an interview with Leoni, wondering, “so did you call Hillary Clinton and say pajama party at your house, tell me everything?”
Yes, that’s a news show.
Unfortunately, we’re not just the audience. We’re the voting public that’s getting lied to by a show so outlandish that its president called the Pretend Hillary, “the least political person I know.”
The reality show version of Hillary is a craven politician who’s been trying to run the country since 1992. And, no matter how much “Madam Secretary” makes up, we’re stuck with the real Hillary who didn’t care why four Americans died in Benghazi.
Dan Gainor is the Media Research Center's Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.