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Most of America is conservative; is TV finally catching up?

Published: Monday, May 12 2014 4:00 a.m. MDT

From left, executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields and cast members Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich participate in "The Americans" panel at the FX Winter TCA Press Tour, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at the Langham Huntington, in Pasadena, Calif.

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In a recent article on dailycaller.com, Will Rahn asks a simple question: Is TV getting more conservative?

Rahn cites the parroting of historically conservative opinions on shows like FX’s acclaimed “The Americans,” as part of his evidence that television shows are exploring a conservative point of view.

For the uninitiated, the show is about two undercover KGB spies masquerading as an average American couple, working at a travel agency by day and killing Americans for Mother Russia in their spare time (Oliver North works as a consultant for the show).

But with Gallup reporting that conservatives remain the largest growing ideological group in the U.S., the other question is: What’s taken TV so long to find its conservative niche?

As The Atlantic reported recently, conservative viewpoints have especially struggled in comedy, with Fox News’ answer to "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," "Red Eye," airing at 3 a.m. Fox plans to try again this fall with a new show called "Flipside," which, like "The Daily Show," will be satire, but with a “generally conservative tilt.”

Yet there’s debate on the Web that even shows that exercise a more liberal, anything-goes approach to sex and violence are, in some ways, exercising conservative principles.

Rahn says that even shows told through a liberal lens, like “Veep,” “30 Rock,” or “House of Cards,” “feel conservative, in large part, because they’re so relentlessly cynical about what conservatives would consider the liberal ruling class.”

In an article titled “Our Sick National Obsession with Game of Thrones,” writer Robert Tracinski hangs fascination with anti-heroes like Walter White or the populace of Westeros as a decidedly left issue.

“Why does this grim pantheon of anti-heroes seem to be the particular favorite of the left-leaning intellectual elite?” Tracinski wrote.

But dailycaller.com’s Matt Lewis argued in a recent article that other shows like even the ultra-violent "Thrones" communicates a subtle, conservative undertone.

“ 'Game of Thrones' is subtly fulfilling another worthy service: Reminding liberal elites that the relatively sanitized world we have created is tenuous — that there are always barbarians at the gates hoping to murder you.”

Email: chjohnson@deseretnews.com

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