At root, conservatives and liberals see the world so differently because they have different conceptions of human nature. Liberals tend to believe in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s proposition that human nature is intrinsically good. Conservatives know better. They recognize that there are two principles in human nature – good and evil – and these are in constant conflict.
I’m always reminded of this fact when I hear Oprah Winfrey speak. Indeed, Ms. Winfrey is the quintessential liberal, and her new network – network we’re talking here, not program: talk about a platform to spread your message! – is tailored around this fact. In a recent interview about OWN, Oprah repeated what she has said time and again for over 20 years:
I’m concerned about the bigger overall picture: my belief that people are basically good.
This is the worldview that drives Oprah; it is the basis for everything she produces. Like the now defunct Oprah Winfrey Show (reruns notwithstanding), OWN will be filled with programming that emanates from the liberal mind.
Americans – kids included — will get an earful.
Take, for example, one of OWN’s new programs, “In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman.” Dr. Berman’s goal, we’re told, is to help people have great sex. Okay, fine. Most Americans agree sex is important and discussing it on TV might have its proper place. But most of what Dr. Berman doles out is leftist babble. Not only has she suggested parents offer their children vibrators, her latest show discusses the use of household objects for masturbation.
Let me repeat that. A television program on how to use household objects for masturbation.
It’s especially interesting considering this fact: When asked why she wants her own network, Oprah said most television programming isn’t worthwhile and that she wants to provide “mindful TV.” I suppose Dr. Berman’s new program counts as “mindful TV” – Berman did, after all, caution folks not to insert light bulbs into their nether regions.
It isn’t just the programming itself, by the way — it’s also what goes on behind the scenes. As with all liberal media, there are producers we don’t see who determine what messages to send to viewers. Consider a recent comment from Brian Piotrowicz, one of Oprah’s co-producers.
We don’t just portray the reality on our show. We pick and choose what we want based upon criteria of how this show’s produced.
Based, in other words, on whether the program sends the message Oprah and her producers want sent. That’s precisely how media bias works.
For example, Piotrowicz — who is gay (naturally) — made it clear he had no intention of doing another show on Jerry Waters, who appeared in a 1987 segment on the AIDS epidemic and expressed politically incorrect views.
‘This is a disease of nature,’ Waters said. ‘Nature will take care of something that’s wrong. It’ll eradicate it.’
Expressing himself to the government health official Oprah brought on her show to “educate” Americans about AIDS, Waters said, “I’ve had it with you people…You’ve been trying to jam this down our throats for years and I’m sick of it.”
The health official told Waters his views were “wrong” and that AIDS will spread “until people get the message about prevention and education.” In the liberal mind, since people are all basically good and will thus make good choices when they know better (something else Oprah repeats ad nauseum: “When people know better, they do better.”), education is always the answer.
Fast forward 20 years. Piotrowicz said he would only produce a follow-up show on Oprah’s new network if Jerry Waters has had “an epiphany” and has changed his views on homosexuality so the world gets the message that there is no other way to view a subject than the Oprah Winfrey way.
Modern American liberalism comes in beautiful packages, but make no mistake: the goal is to change the way you think. Don’t let it.
Suzanne Venker is co-author of the forthcoming book The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know – and Men Can’t Say (WND Books). Her website is www.suzannevenker.com.