With the Zimmerman trial over and the nation moving on from the aftermath, ratings at the major news networks are dropping faster than spent brass at Knob Creek. Some reports indicate that CNN has lost 30% of its already paltry share of viewers in recent weeks, and HLN is down as much as 50%. It’s no secret that 24-hour news channels lose popularity when there isn’t a breaking news story to push, and while Piers Morgan hasn’t been a raving success, there have been a few blips on the radar when he focuses his efforts on advocating for increased gun control. Apparently building on the notion that people want to see more shows demonizing guns, CNN has reportedly begun negotiations to produce a 100% fictional series about Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and the “gun show culture” . . .
“I’m in kind of a negotiation with CNN to do a limited series. They’re thinking of moving over to fiction. And I proposed that we do something on Tim McVeigh and the gun show culture. Because that’s what happened – when Travis Bickle moved from the 70s to the 80s, he met the gun show culture. That’s where Tim McVeigh came from. (laughs) And now, when Travis Bickle meets the social media culture – I don’t know what comes out of that.”
The idea of a news channel producing a scripted, fictional show (on second thought, is that really new?) is somewhat disturbing on its own. But add in the subject matter and you can see the writing on the wall.
If it was a show solely focused strictly on gun culture there might — might — be some glimmer of hope of the show making an attempt at actually representing The People of the Gun in general and not focusing on the few bad actors. But add in McVeigh and you immediately know the editorial slant of the show. “McVeigh blew up a building because the evil ‘gun show culture’ brainwashed and corrupted him.” What could possibly go wrong?
This will not end well.