You have to love how matter-of-fact the above discussion is. Short version: "Yeah, the miniseries is fair and so we now know for a fact that Joel Surnow's $30 million project was discriminated against because of his personal politics."
Switch out the word "conservative" with Islam, gay, Black, female, Leftist or whatever and tell me how la-dee-da everyone would be about it. Of course they wouldn't be -- nor should they be. But because everyone already knows how things operate for conservatives in Hollywood and either agree with the discrimination or are used to it, no one cares.
There's also a bigger play at work here, the same play we saw in the fury ginned up by the Left prior to the release of the "Passion of the Christ." With the help of the mainstream and entertainment media, the idea is to make conservatives who engage in the culture so freakin' miserable it scares others away who might consider doing the same thing. By so toxifying the atmosphere whenever a conservative encroaches on to their totalitarian hold on the culture, it effectively says to others, it's not worth it -- don't do it.
Furthermore, even though cinema Leftists are currently in the process of filming critical bios of Margaret Thatcher and Dick Cheney, along with the HBO movie based on the book "Game Change" -- a mostly un-sourced attack on Sarah Palin, the message to Hollywood's rare conservative is also wildly hypocritical: We can go after your sacred cows all day long, but don't you dare come after ours.
Surnow hangs in there, though. After "24" he did the conservative news parody "The Half Hour News Hour" and then jumped right into the hotbed of "The Kennedys." I have a lot of admiration for those who work in this business openly like that. The business of show is tough enough without also taking on the burden of being a "Nazi." They deserve our support.
"The Kennedys" airs tonight on the Reelz Channel.