About that "Murphy Brown" reboot

September 26, 2018

 Considering it’s not even in syndicated reruns because its constant topical references have aged so badly, I don’t know why anyone thinks that bringing back the ‘90s sitcom “Murphy Brown” is a good idea.  I assume that most of its previous liberal audience is now old enough that they’ve gotten wiser and turned into conservatives. And we’re hardly so lacking for TV shows that condescendingly mock President Trump and Republicans that we need to dig this one up out of the TV graveyard.  In fact, the reboot’s liberal smugness is so insufferable that it even annoyed Rolling Stone's critic, which is sort of like being called a sore loser by Hillary Clinton. 

Normally, I wouldn’t even bother to write about this, but it was pointed out to me that in the review, the critic notes that the upcoming second episode has the character of liberal news anchor Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) “lecturing Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the fundamental dishonesty of her press briefings.”  Okay, now you’ve poked the bear.

First of all, my daughter is one of the strongest, bravest and most honest people in DC, and I’m proud to say she was raised that way.  She has to walk out every day and face some of the most hypocritical, dishonest and biased propagandists masquerading as journalists that the world has seen since the old days of “yellow journalism.”  They brand as “lies” anything that doesn’t fit their preconceived agenda, then rush to print stories that nobody bothered to source.  Then after they’re exposed as “fake news,” they attack President Trump for assaulting the sacred cow of journalism by branding them as purveyors of fake news.  Which they plainly are.

But let’s put that aside and focus on the staggering amount of gall that it takes for the creators of “Murphy Brown” to lecture anyone about dishonesty in communicating information to the public.  You see, some of us who were around during the first incarnation of this overpraised show recall that its most celebrated episode was, in fact, a shining example of looking viewers straight in the eye and lying to their faces.  It was the show that responded to then-Vice President Dan Quayle.

Some background, since it’s likely you haven’t seen this show since Bill dumped Monica:  Quayle criticized its creators for having Murphy decide to have a baby without a father around because it was an unrealistic depiction of single motherhood that misled young female fans.  The character was rich and famous, and her baby was like a lifestyle accessory that could simply be written out that week if it wasn’t convenient to the story.  That’s not what life is like for the vast majority of real single mothers, as study after study has shown.  One famous Brookings Institution study found that among people who finish high school, get a full time job and wait until age 21 to get married and then have children, only 2% are in poverty and 75% join the middle class.  Quayle was discussing the hardships faced by teenage single moms when he said it didn’t help when TV shows like “Murphy Brown” depict single motherhood as just another lifestyle choice. 

The show’s creators, however, took that clip out of context to imply that Quayle was attacking real single moms by attacking Murphy Brown (note to creators: despite those “dumb Dan Quayle” jokes that have aged so badly, he wasn’t the one who didn't know that Murphy Brown wasn’t real.)  They brought real single moms on, and self-righteously tried to shame Quayle for attacking these poor, brave women.  It was smug, smarmy, utterly shameless and totally disingenuous; a dishonest and deliberate distortion of what Quayle actually said…and of course, liberal Hollywood hailed it as moving and brilliant. In callous defiance of Quayle’s genuine concern for the damage they were doing to impressionable young women, they misrepresented his criticism of their misrepresenting the problems faced by single mothers. 

I’ve already gone on long enough about this largely forgotten sitcom whose reboot will also probably be forgotten before long. I just wanted them to know that when it comes to lecturing other people about dishonesty, they are standing in a pit of quicksand. 

    

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-reviews/murphy-brown-review-728455/

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  • Anne Mourney

    09/28/2018 11:54 PM

    Your daughter is an inspiration. I so very much admire her and the job she does. President Trump was very smart to have put her this position. I keep tweeting him that he needs to select people from middle America as the majority of us are honest and loyal to our employers. Murphy Brown was finished when it went off the air years ago. Praying for you and your family and Senators who will do their jobs in this Kavanaugh fiasco. Why would they give anything to the FBI to investigate; they certainly have not been shown to be trustworthy and impartial?

  • Margo netherlands

    09/27/2018 09:41 PM

    spot on mike! i am one of the women who watched mb an have matured and see the world through a much more educated lens. hollyweird and the democratic party are dead and socialism has taken their place. any means necessary to reach a goal...deceit...fascism...hate are their mantra.

  • Donna Berry

    09/27/2018 12:40 PM

    I so agree with Michelle Kelley! Sarah has to be one the bravest, strongest, and honest young lady I know, to put up with idiots at the Press Briefings everyday. She does an excellent job in holding back to keep from slapping some of those so-call reporters. "Murphy Brown" sitcom was horrible, I didn't watch it before and most definitely will not be watching it now. Thank you Mike and may God Bless You and Sarah too!

  • Tim E. Cripe

    09/27/2018 04:14 AM

    First let me say, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is someone I greatly admire for her honesty, intelligence and amazing grace under pressure.
    Secondly, the reason Hollyweird brought back Murphy Brown is they have run out of ideas and are totally out of touch with middle America.
    Murphy Brown will fail in short order, trust me on this one.

  • Marilynn Hoyt

    09/26/2018 09:19 PM

    Problem is, there is no real creativity left in Hollywood, they are so stoned all the time they can't come up with anything original. Pair that with the desparation the liberals have since President Trump is making happen just what he said he would, and there you have it.

  • Lewis Frederick Jones

    09/26/2018 06:09 PM

    Susie Hinotes coment covered most everything I wanted to say except for a Cary Grant moment. Someone asked him why he hadn't made a new film late in his life. His response was that he felt his work onscreen was complete and that anything else would not be his best work. Candace should take note of that.

  • Judy Girone

    09/26/2018 04:11 PM

    I used to like this show, but if it is used as a political source for them to bash others, this is off my chart. Can't stand this bull crap that these leftist are trying to shove down our throats.

  • Michelle Kelly

    09/26/2018 03:57 PM

    I completely agree with you. My husband and I love your show and remember well the episode when you had your daughter as a guest. She is a shining example of bravery and courage. I can't imagine going to work every day and facing what she faces. We love her, and keep her, her family, our President, VP and their families in our prayers. May God bless you, Mr. Huckabee and may God bless America. Thank you so much for standing for what is right and true!

  • Diana Brown

    09/26/2018 03:56 PM

    I certainly would not waste my precious time or energy watching this garbage!!! I would rather read a novel by C.S. Lewis or Jane Austen and accomplish enrichment! Life is just too short to waste it!!

  • Susie Hinote

    09/26/2018 02:23 PM

    I totally agree! I watched Murphy Brown " back in the day" and i can assure you that i will not be watching the reboot. I will however, be watching Last Man Standing. I will not watch any program who bashes MY PRESIDENT. I haven't watched a single news station because of that issue. As far as Sara Huckabee, America LOVES her honesty and straightforward persona. Shes one tough cookie and i admire her tremendously.