A new CBS series this fall is already getting a ton of negative reviews.
And it’s got nothing to do with its storyline.
“Madam Secretary,” starring show business veteran Tea Leoni, is apparently the networks’ latest attempt to push the “inevitable” presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton by profiling a female secretary of state as she jets around the world, balancing the demands of her job and her family life.
It’s not known yet whether those demands include a rapaciously unfaithful husband or scraping through days of being “dead broke” in the Chappaqua slums, but the show’s foes are already out in force.
Let’s start with a sarcastic tweet from a sarcastic Twitter user, posing as a White House spokesman:
Hillary was a failure as Sec of State, but this fall CBS’s “Madam Secretary” w/ Tea Leoni will correct that for you. pic.twitter.com/PuJZbRpBrG
— WH Press Secretary (@weknowwhatsbest) July 27, 2014
The show’s creators are unapologetic about its basis — surprisingly enough it wasn’t Madaline Albright or Conoleeza Rice. They were inspired by Clinton’s performance during the House hearings on the Benghazi disaster.
To sane people, those hearings marked the low point of a very low tenure indeed, but liberals apparently are still swooning over them.
Conservatives know differently. And know what CBS is trying to do, too.
@weknowwhatsbest No connection to a possible run for president, I am sure.
— Benghazi Greg (@Gregory__Adams) July 27, 2014
@weknowwhatsbest Oh, a Hillary for prez TV series? How, um, illegal?
— Taxpayer1234 (@Taxpayers1234) July 27, 2014
— We The People (@boughregard) July 27, 2014
What’s interesting is that it’s not the first time networks have pushed Hillary down the American throat. Last year CNN and NBC announced plans to run Hillary biographies, only to pull them when the National Republican Party made it clear that such favoritism would cost them any chance at hosting Republican debates for the 2016 campaign.
Apparently, CBS thinks a fictionalized series based on the same character won’t draw the same reaction.
Based on the Twitter disgust, CBS is thinking wrong.
@weknowwhatsbest Oh My! More Lefty Liberal BS coming our way…
— Dave Jones (@davejon405) July 27, 2014
I think I found someone who can more accurately portray Mrs. Clinton in Madam Secretary. pic.twitter.com/JxAUcaJDCF
— Eric Larson (@larsoneric50) July 28, 2014
Difference between actress who plays @HillaryClinton in “Madam Secretary” & Hillary is that the actress is more qualified for the job.
— John Liberty (@JohnLibertyUSA) July 27, 2014
Probably so. But even Leon’s best efforts — and remarkable looks — might not be enough to keep the show going on network television in an already exploited genre with “House of Cards,” “Scandal” and “The Good Wife” covering the political drama pretty thoroughly.
@weknowwhatsbest I think that the seven people who watch the show before cancellation will buy the lie. Tea Leoni not mean looking enough.
— ASB (@HaleyTessIsis) July 27, 2014
American interest — mass audience American interest — generally doesn’t make it into foreign affairs.
If Americans paid attention to secretaries of state, no one would be seriously talking about Hillary Clinton for president anyway.
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