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No bad martinis in sight today. Nope, we’ve got all crazy ones for you! Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as outspoken liberal Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr suddenly has no opinion on China throwing a fit over one pro-Hong Kong tweet from a general […]

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The laughs are even more abundant than usual today on the Three Martini Lunch! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America begin by applauding CBS for reporting the real headline from the new books on the Kavanuagh fight – that one of Christine Blasey Ford’s supposed witnesses was pressured to lie […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Green Shoots in the Cultural Wasteland at CBS?

 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bd/CBS_Eyemark.svg/768px-CBS_Eyemark.svg.pngIn the midst of college students and Democratic politicians behaving badly, might there be signs of second thoughts by more responsible, more moderate leaders? Cop shows have been used to make progressive political points for years. Episodes on two CBS shows this January featured messages that seemed quite out of synch with the dominant narrative. Are these green shoots in the cultural wasteland?

A recent Blue Bloods (CBS) episode, “Disrupted,” had Tom Selleck, as Frank Reagan, delivering a speech from the head of the family dinner table against the transmission of campus behavior into general society; he called it destructive. I was astonished to hear this full-throated defense of civil society on a major broadcast network.

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The #MeToo movement may be on the verge of claiming its biggest scalp to date. On Friday, The New Yorker published allegations of misconduct against the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, Les Moonves.

Unlike Harvey Weinstein’s company, CBS is a publicly traded behemoth. Moonves has led CBS to huge profits, $13.7B in revenue in 2017 and healthy 4 percent increase from the previous year. People like having Moonves where he is, atop the television network with the most viewers in the nation. So it will be interesting to see where this leads. According to the article, Moonves’ egregious behavior spanned from the 1980s to the late 2000s. Perhaps he learned the lessons of the Clinton years well, lessons that the American Left is only now beginning to regret.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The 20th Century Called … And They Have the TV Remote

 
Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen with daughter Candice on The Charlie McCarthy Show 1952 (Photo: CBS)

CBS announced on Wednesday that they have reached a deal with creator Dianne English and star Candice Bergen to revive Murphy Brown, a 10-year hit for the network that first debuted in 1988. It is just the latest in television’s zombie lineup of shows that been repeatedly stabbed, shot, blown up and generally worn out but simply will not die.

Bergen, who debuted on her father’s radio show at age 6, is now 71. The fictional baby that riled the 1992 Presidential campaign when then-Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the glamorization of single motherhood would be 26. Don’t struggle trying to remember the sex of the baby because, by now, nine chances out of 10 the kid is probably transitioning to something else.

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It’s been rumored for a couple of weeks now but it became official on Thursday morning. The Walt Disney Company is acquiring the majority of assets from 21st Century Fox, thereby creating the world’s largest media company by far. This deal will have regulatory hoops to jump through all over the world and will probably take 18 to 24 months to close.

It’s much easier to list the assets that Disney will not get as opposed to what they do get. Not included in the deal:

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Heads up Ricochet! Our good friend David Deeble will be on color TV tonight! Program the DVR or adjust the rabbit ears and tune in the CBS Late Late Show. You’ve been warned. Rehearsing my segment on the Late Late Show w/ James Corden. #EventProfs @Concept_Artists @bigspeak @SimplySueSpeaks pic.twitter.com/5mb2DWajiM More

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Morley Safer is dead – whatever that is. One of 60 Minutes old guard, he died today at 84 after retiring just last week. What was not well known about him is that he was among the many Canadian journalists who came to the US for opportunity and riches but for years steadfastly refused to […]

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Things are not going well.Drudge teased this headline all day as “developing” then finally gave us a link to the New York Times: “CBS rebooting ‘LATE SHOW’ with Colbert…

It’s a show that certainly needs a “reboot,” since “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has been a ratings failure — unwatchable to at least half the country. Why? Because Colbert is just another in long line of preachy lefty “political entertainers” who sacrifice humor for message.

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CBS photoLast night on CBS’ The Good Wife, an episode titled “Winning Ugly”dramatized a ballot tampering cover-up by Democrat party officials desperate to maintain a super-majority in the Illinois State Senate. The victim of the ploy was a fellow Democrat, the show’s heroine Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). There was no moral ambiguity: the Democrats were ruthless villains out to achieve their ends by any means necessary. Florrick, recently elected State Attorney, was framed, then told to accept her fate for the good of the party by officials who sounded like Politburo members. One online re-capper nailed the morality in a headline: It’s Their Party and They’ll Lie if They Want To.

Such ethics are true to the episode’s Cook County setting, but what a surprise to see that Chicago on network prime time! And it’s not the first time. The episode gives credence to a claim by the show’s writer-producers that their writers’ room is politically and religiously diverse. Last week they did a timely moot court debate acknowledging the conflict between same sex marriage and religious freedom. In March, the program earned praise from no less than Brent Bozell for an episode touching on abortion.

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That was fast. CBS announced this morning, after a week’s worth of speculation, that Stephen Colbert will indeed take over for David Letterman when the host of the Late Show retires next year. According to an official announcement Colbert has a new five-year deal with CBS. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone […]

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