I was going to leave this just an update to my previous post, until I noticed a trend: Bobot defends the producer of “V”, essentially saying – he couldn’t have, he is one of us!

liberal supporter of the President who worked for and donated money to the his campaign

So, that explains the downfall of the quality of his work which was stellar in The 44oos and mediocre here.

On the other side of the aisle we have the ombudsman of PBS having to answer for Oscar the Grouch’s words

The episode, which aired Oct. 29, involves one of Sesame Street’s scores of colorful creations, the Grouch News Network, in which muppet Oscar the Grouch is the host, pursuing GNN’s dedication to “all grouchy, all disgustin’, all yucky” news. But another character feels that the Grouch is not grouchy enough and threatens to switch to “Pox News, now there’s a trashy news show,

I like what the ombudsman concludes

I don’t know what was in the head of the producers, but my guess is that this was one of those parodies that was too good to resist. But it should have been resisted. Broadcasters can tell parents whatever they think of Fox or any other network, but you shouldn’t do it through the kids.

And what do those two pieces of news have in common? Well, the Sesame Street storm, as the Ombudsman said

It’s a parody, a play on words, and has a timely feel to it at this time, especially, because of the battle now going on publicly between Fox and the White House.

I suppose the Sesame Street writer felt it safe to carry the White House agenda into a kids show.

Not as safe as the alleged anti-B0 writer should feel.

The “V” defense was also mounted in response to a similar threat – it may have come from Gawker, but it was so out of character there, it had to have deeper roots :

“keep picking on the president and the only letters that V will get are D.O.A.”

Pretty nifty threat, huh? Reminds me of 2001 and Ashcroft’s speeches about phantoms of lost liberties and the “you’re either with us or against us. What kind a democracy is this where the campaign donor card of the writer has to be waved to prove he didn’t attack the president? (reminds me of certain internet forums)

Will this become a required test for everyone pitching a show on TV? Or is this already in place? And no matter who the show creator donated to, isn’t this the society the Vs are trying to create? This is interesting

Unfortunately for Mr. Peters, this isn’t the first time in his career that fans or critics saw things in his work he didn’t intend. Some fans of “The 4400” saw hidden meaning in those episodes too.

yup. Good writing usually serves like a Rohrshack test. That B0bots saw themselves in “V” is  a riot. Willingly or not, the story seems to have hit a nerve.

Anyway, a Gawker commentator came with the solution yo this

And if we’re going that far, couldn’t Ana (so sorry Morena Baccarin) be Sarah Palin? The pretty lady (reptile in sheep’s clothing) who attempts to convince everyone she means no harm, but underneath there’s really just a heinous (stupid) monster out for self and self only?

See? Cherchez la femme! As long as you channel the hatred to approved targets, everything is A-OK! And no danger of Gawker – or the Secret Service ever coming to your house.

On a totally unrelated topic, I just had to have this headline

Paterson Empowered By Obama’s Election Woes


The “V” story goes on and on. They actually asked Gibbs about the alleged portrayal of Obama as an alien
I confess I liked his answer

that would “be one of the least worst things he’s been called today.”

and also

If that makes me fairly un-cool, I tend to watch more ‘SpongeBob’ than ‘V.'”