On Law & Order's Persistent Leftward Lurch

<p><i><b>Managing Editor's Note</b>: The following is a reprint of Michael Moriarty's <a href="http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/mmoriarty/2009/12/14/the-increasingly-... target="_blank">original December 14 post to Big Hollywood</a>. Moriarty, you may recall, played a prosecutor in the first few seasons of the long-running NBC drama &quot;Law and Order.&quot;</i></p><p>Well, I think I’ve been fairly calm and forgiving of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098844/" bluelink="yes">&quot;Law and Order&quot;</a> for about fifteen years. Living outside of the U.S. has certainly helped in more ways than one. Out of sight, out of mind. &quot;Law and Order&quot; has, for years, been just a press of the remote away from non-existence.</p> <p>However, recent events have &quot;Law and Order&quot; just begging for my reassessment. I hardly expected my old television series to be the clown act that leads the American viewing audience into an increasingly predictable pile of hard left propaganda.</p> <p>Why?</p><!--break--><p>[&quot;Law and Order&quot; creator and executive producer] Dick Wolf is basically a follower of usually high-level talents such as<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0827748/" bluelink="yes"> Joe Stern</a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0622250/" bluelink="yes">Robert Nathan</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792309/" bluelink="yes">Ed Sherin</a>.</p> <p>Those men, I believe, are no longer regulars on &quot;Law and Order.&quot; The guy who apparently wears the pants in that family is now <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0049569/" bluelink="yes">Rene Balcer</a>. That’s clearly the hypnotist in whose deep pink trance <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0937725/" bluelink="yes">Dick Wolf </a>is irretrievably drowning.</p> <p>Given the number of truly talented people that Wolf Productions has fired – versus the number of mediocre puppets and propagandists he’s hired – it should be no wonder that not just the Left but the French Left of a Rene Balcer should be running things.</p> <p>However, with Le Balcer (pronounced Ball-Say … Say-Whaa?) now the head Ringmaster … and Dick Wolf in some kind of quasi-retirement … or early senility … the show has gone beyond hell. Such a plight is possible if, in the inferno, you cut a deal with the devil. Balcer, as even his own words might convince you of, has worn the Red credentials … minus the horns, of course … for most of his life. Only Lucifer could give him his opinions on terrorism.</p> <p>Wolf, on the other hand, has, for his entire life, been merely a careerist, chasing the unsurpassable achievements of his mentor, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004766/" bluelink="yes">Steven Bochco</a>, and being obviously surpassed by numerously more brilliant TV producers. Such careerism would infer that even his own mother’s not safe if it means the record-breaking survival of a Dick Wolf production. &quot;Law and Order&quot; will soon outrace Gunsmoke to the category of longest-running television series.</p> <p>Methuselah was the longest-running star of the Bible … but I hardly think his memory brings either a smile or a tear to anyone’s eye.</p> <p>Recently Bill O’Reilly took <a href="http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/bighollywood/2009/12/11/go-bill-oreill... justifiable umbrage </a>– a good word, Mr. O’Reilly – at Law and Order’s lumping his name in with other talk-show hosts, describing them all as “a cancer spreading ignorance and hate … they have convinced folks that immigrants are the problem, not corporations that fail to pay a living wage or a broken health care system.”</p> <p>Well!!</p> <p>O’Reilly called those charges “simply defamatory and outrageous,” and labeled Wolf “a coward” and “a liar.”</p><p>As for Wolf’s cowardice, he buckled before the profoundly unconstitutional behavior of Attorney General Janet Reno and he and NBC lied about my having quit &quot;Law and Order.&quot;</p> <p>Wolf and NBC announced that they fired me because of behavior that seems to have resembled Glenn Beck’s.</p> <p>If only we had all been working for FOX!!</p> <p>That I was fired is a lie.</p> <p>I had quit Universal Television and NBC and the &quot;Law and Order&quot; series before they could even come up with an excuse for hiring Sam Waterston.  An advertisement I placed in both Variety and Hollywood Reporter announced my leaving the United States, which I did within a year.</p> <p>If anyone can find those ads, I submit them as exhibit A in the proof of … how shall I say … Dick Wolf’s and NBC’s lack of, well, a certain talent for the truth.</p> <p>It is all laid out in my memoir, The Gift of Stern Angels, now unfortunately out of print. No one was interested then.</p> <p>By the way, The Gift of Stern Angels is quite a hurly-burly ride through the politics of network television, not to mention my own losing battle with alcohol.</p> <p>Poor &quot;Law and Order&quot; has been drifting and now tumbling downhill into the ever-deepening waters of America-bashing. The blatant disgust for America’s hard-earned and hard-won sovereignty as a nation, credentials that certainly demand strict and unashamedly clear immigration laws … the Red &quot;Law and Order&quot; seems to be spitting on the very nation that defined a decent meaning to the words “law and order”.</p> <p>As for Dick Wolf’s Empire and its future?</p> <p>There might very well be numerous episodes on the 9/11 terrorists and their New York Trial.</p> <p>I can now see the cops, ending the first half of the show, reading the Miranda rights to some grotesquely veiled excuse for Khalid Sheik Mohammed.</p> <p>When KSM gets to trial?</p> <p>No doubt, he and his defense lawyers… there’ll be more than one at the defense table … will get their day in court!!!!!</p> <p>Dick Wolf’s point of view?</p> <p>He might say, “Our shows on the trial of KSM will make its viewers at least as angry as the pre-trial demonstrations have shown!”</p> <p>For Dick Wolf, such a stunningly  simplistic achievement is all he’s really been looking for his entire life: upsetting his audience.</p> <p>He sure as hell upset Bill O’Reilly!</p> <p>Our very own John Nolte has taken a <a href="http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/jjmnolte/2009/10/01/dun-dun-rene-balce... look at an L &amp; O episode</a>, Memos from the Darkside.</p> <p>Please read his frank estimate of the Rene Balcer turn on the infamous Torture Memos. In addition, John’s article contains a long clip of Rene Balcer being interviewed by an Australian journalist [see below].</p><p>After describing his job as Executive Producer much like “herding cats … and anxious types”, Mr. Balcer refers to the war on terrorism as “so-called”, and claims that “cultural misunderstandings” lead to labeling innocent people as “terrorists”.</p> <p>The “fallout of 9/11” is “pretty big business in America”.</p> <p>It’s obviously earning Rene Balcer a living as terrorism’s apologist.</p> <p> “Americans of Middle Eastern descent … being held incommunicado and being abused by prison guards”, this, according to Balcer, was happening, under Bush of course, in Guantanamo, Iraq and Brooklyn!</p> <p>However, according to Balcer, “you get in trouble (with a lot of people) if you attack President Bush by name …”</p> <p>Hmmm … apparently talk show hosts like Bill O’Reilly are another matter.</p> <p>Yet Balcer claims he shies away from “ad hominem” attacks.</p> <p>Really?!</p> <p>“Our best shows make the audience question what’s going on” … upstairs, right?</p> <p>He admits to finding another show about the upstairs in Washington D.C., 24, “offensive”.</p> <p>“24 supports torture!”</p> <p>And therefore, Mr. Balcer, must &quot;Law and Order&quot; say that torture doesn’t save any American lives?</p> <p>However, the most chilling points of view he expresses are his ideas about what makes a terrorist.</p> <p>“Most people commit crimes … whether it be terrorists … or knocking over the local grocery store … they do it for intensely personal reasons.”</p> <p>Hmmmm, indeed!!</p> <p>A mere, ten minute glimpse into CNN’s documentary on the youthful terrorists in Mumbai and their horrifying phone conversations with their “Controllers” … whew … this would reveal no “intensely personal reasons” for mass murder but, indeed, a robotic, brainwashed and monomaniacal mindset instilled by their Jihadist instructors, the same mindset that filled the World War II kamikaze pilots of Japan.</p> <p>Obviously Mr. Balcer has his own “personal problems” … and he’s “working them out” on &quot;Law and Order.&quot;</p> <p>Finally, the <a href="http://www.nbc.com/Law_and_Order/video/clips/fed/1184503/">&quot;Law and Order&quot; episode on ACORN</a>?</p> <p>President Obama’s very own Van Jones and Andy Stern might have written portions of it.</p> <p>Yet Dick Wolf still wonders why producers like Steven Bochco and Jerry Bruckheimer always received better reviews, bigger ratings and vastly greater respect.</p> <p>Dick, from the guy you used to describe as “the conscience of the show”, perhaps it’s because Bochco and Bruckheimer have had a conscience in the first place.</p> <p>Where &quot;Law and Order&quot; has been treading is unconscionable.</p>