As noted here, “The highly anticipated Murphy Brown reboot it set to go dark.”
It was announced on Wednesday that the latest season of the rebooted CBS comedy will end on December 13, to make way for the new Nina Dobrev comedy Fam.
The show may soon be gone, but it won’t be forgotten. Not after the truth inversion it committed in its Nov. 29 episode, in which reporter Frank Fontana was brutally attacked at a Trump rally by fans of the president, all wearing red MAGA hats.
But the president’s supporters aren’t saddled with all the blame for the brutality. The script places the lion’s share of responsibility for the violence on — who else? — Donald Trump himself. In the scene from the show in which the attack takes place, a video of which follows, a voice actor doing a terrible impersonation of Donald Trump can be heard egging the crowd on:
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Donald Trump: And by the way, anybody catch Old Murphy on TV this morning?
Murphy Brown: Oh, boy. Here we go.
Trump: Yeah, she was at it again. Sitting there with her flunky friends, telling their big lies, planting their fake stories about our great country. … I hear Old Murphy’s partner in crime, Fibbin’ Frank Fontana is here tonight. Where is he? There he is. See him? That’s right. Let Fibbin’ Frank know what you think of him! Maybe a good body slam, what do you say? [Emphasis added]
In a later scene, Brown and Fontana’s nephew are shown visiting him in a D.C. hospital where, for some reason, he has been airlifted:
The show doesn’t depict the actual battery, though, if it did, no doubt the Trump supporters would be armed with bike locks — the “weapon” an Antifa member used to bash a Trump supporter in the head during a protest at Berkeley.
CBS, the network on which the show airs, should know better. Instead it is simply electing to follow the party narrative reflected in a recent Washington Post article that claimed without evidence that there has been a “surge” in right-wing violence.