Knowing what we know about media, this probably should not come as a surprise. But I think you might find it interesting, so here goes.
ABC’s show, “For The People”, has aired a “just like it happened in the real world” episode, about a Governor, with the opportunity to appoint a U.S. Senator, who tried to, in effect, sell his choice to the highest bidder.
If you are politically knowledgeable – especially if you are from Illinois – you might recognize that scenario as exactly what former Governor Rudy Blagojevich, in fact, did…and the reason he currently resides at the Federal Correction Institute in Englewood, Colorado.
So this is a case of art imitating life, right?
But there was one teeny weeny little difference: Rudy Blagojevich was a Democrat. And the Governor on this show was a Republican.
Huh? How’d that happen?
Excerpted from Lindsay Kornick”s article at newsbusters.org:
Kate (Susannah Flood), Jay (Wesam Keesh), and Leonard (Regé-Jean Page) begin an investigation based on a tip that New York Governor Bill Shales is selling the state’s currently vacant Senate seat. Since the firm has no direct case against the governor, they must collectively find a way to implicate him before he finds out they’re on to him and can destroy any evidence.
The case sounds eerily similar to the charges leveled against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2008 when Blagojevich was caught on wiretap attempting to sell the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. Like Blago, Shales is said to be extorting campaign donations for himself, corporate board positions for his wife, and other benefits with the assistance of his Chief of Staff.
But one major detail the show didn’t match was that Gov. Blagojevich was a Democrat. When Kate suggests wiretapping “some rich Republican” to catch Shales (who coincidentally resembles Vice President Mike Pence) in the act, we know exactly which party he is supposed to be in.
Hmmm. A Corrupt Democrat Governor is morphed into a Republican, and the villain who he conspires with looks like Republican Vice President Mike Pence.
That is either a remarkable pair of coincidences or a subliminal message.
I’ll assume you can figure out which is more likely.
I hope you’re not surprised.