WashPost TV Critic Proclaims Democrat Convention Belongs On List Of BEST TV Of 2020!

Posted on Mon 12/14/2020 by


By Tim Graham ~

If you ever hear a liberal tell you that liberals praise liberal TV shows simply because they are artistic and compelling, and not just because they’re liberal, you can now rebut them with Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever, who mysteriously placed this year’s virtual Democrat convention on his top-ten Best of TV list for 2020. He put it at #3, above The Crown at #5 and This Is Us at #10.

3. The Democratic National Convention (Democratic National Committee)

They took all those “Hollywood liberal” digs and put them to great use in a flawlessly produced four-night virtual event that upgraded the concept of nominating conventions — and got their message out loud and clear. Celebrity hosts (Eva Longoria, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Julia Louis-Dreyfus), pop stars (Billie Eilish, John Legend) and big-name politicos (the Obamas, the Clintons and senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) gave a boost to the Biden/Harris ticket, but the real draw was a broad display of civic pride, from the state roll-call (“the calamari comeback state of Rhode Island”) to a speech from 13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who connected with then-candidate Joe Biden over their shared struggle with stuttering. Why ever go back to the crowded arenas, balloon drops and disruptive applause-a-thons?

The roll call was charming in spots, even for Republican political junkies. But to put this four-night commercial for liberalism on your “Best of TV” list???

On his own website, Stuever explains “when good television comes along, it’s my job to clear away the clutter and help readers discover it.” So Post readers should celebrate the holiday season by digging up hours of the 2020 Democrat convention?

Stuever also celebrated the malicious attack on the late Phyllis Schlafly, Mrs. America, which took dramatic license with (read: lied about) Schlafly’s marriage and family life, and repeatedly tried to connect her with the Ku Klux Klan. 

7. ‘Mrs. America’ (FX on Hulu)

Gloria Steinem and others criticized this nine-part miniseries about the 1970s women’s liberation movement for futzing around with history and characterizations, but nobody was promised a documentary here. Ingeniously, “Mrs. America” framed its story around the opposition, personified by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly (with a knockout performance from Cate Blanchett), as the effort to pass the Equal Rights Amendment began to resemble the culture wars American society is still waging some 50 years later. The result is a series that is compelling, stylish, eye-opening and right on target.

It makes up a bunch of smears — “Nobody was promised a documentary!” — but it’s “right on target.” Please submit yourself for punishment to the Washington Post “Fact Checker.”

Stuever rounded out this left-tilting list with an Honorable Mention for Hulu’s documentary ‘Hillary’. I think we can guess that if Hulu instead created a malicious miniseries making up nasty lies about Hillary’s marriage and family life, it wouldn’t make The Washington Post “Best of TV” list…

Tim Graham is the Executive Editor at NewsBusters, and he is the Director of  Media Analysis at the Media Research Center. His career at the MRC began in February 1989 as associate editor of MediaWatch, the monthly newsletter of the MRC before the Internet era.

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