Created By: StarSword on March 6, 2013 Last Edited By: StarSword on March 10, 2013
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Neocon Newscaster

Right-wing white demagogue to the Malcom Xerox's left-wing black demagogue.

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OP notes: I honestly had no idea how common this was; had the idea while adding an example to To Be Lawful or Good over breakfast Wednesday morning. Seems it happened more often than I thought. :)

Rolling Updates, Needs a Better Description

You all know the type: the talking head whose views tend toward socially and fiscally conservative, Christian fundamentalist, and fiercely nationalist often to the point of Type II Eagleland (even if he isn't actually American). A gadfly to any form of political compromise with what he sees as socialist causes.

This is one of the newer political tropes, one which seems to have come to prominence in The '80s and The '90s with the neoconservative movement within the Republican Party. It's frequently intended as a parody or satire of the fringier elements of said movement.

Sometimes part of a Strawman News Media. Compare and contrast Malcolm Xerox, which is a similar Straw Character type whose cause du jour is black rights and racism. Also compare Blonde Republican Sex Kitten and contrast Fox News Liberal.

Examples:

Film
  • In-universe right-wing talk show host Lewis Prothero in V for Vendetta, who staunchly supported the ruling regime, and called out its opponents with a lot of macho bluster.
  • The film Moon had a talk radio host who sounded a lot like Rush Limbaugh at the very end ( after Sam returns to Earth in an ore hopper, and supposedly tells the world what happened to him up there), who ridicules Sam's story thusly:
    You know what, he's one of two things. He's a whacko or an illegal immigrant. Either way, they need to lock him up. Line two!

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • One episode of Blue Bloods features one of these with a side of anti-immigrant, borderline white supremacist rhetoric. Frank Reagan's plotline for the episode deals with the To Be Lawful or Good dilemma of ensuring the man's constitutionally protected right to be heard in spite of his disdain for his message (not to mention the absolute disgust of his black mayor and a Malcolm Xerox from a previous episode). He ends up foiling the mayor's attempt at Bothering by the Book to shut down the theater where the host is making a live broadcast, then placing the man's police protection inside the theater and staffing it entirely with non-white officers led by a VERY large black sergeant.
  • The Good Wife Episode 1x11 "Infamy": Duke Roscoe was a caricature of Glenn Beck that continued to goad people into believing that a woman had murdered her missing baby until she killed herself out of grief and he said on television that he was glad she had done that. He makes the following trial for wrongful death a very hard process by continuously defending his First Amendment rights and anything related (like how he got his info). At the end of the episode the baby girl was found alive, plus evidence that he was misinformed about the dead mother by a (slightly) Loony Fan comes to light.
  • Suzanne Fulcrum, the host of the Show Within a Show American Crime on the 2006 series Justice constantly called the Accused Person Of The Week guilty. The twist was that 1) sometimes the Accused Of The Week was guilty (but the audience didn't learn that until the episode's end), and 2) some of her continuous badgering about said accused person being guilty was because she had a grudge with lawyer firm TNT&G (and Ron Trott specially) and their continuous use of spin doctoring for the defense's sake.
  • In The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert plays a parody of this. The show was literally pitched to Comedy Central as "Stephen Colbert parodies Bill O'Reilly".
  • On The West Wing President Barlett gives Dr. Laura Schelssinger carbon-copy Dr. Jenna Jacobs a verbal beat down. After she tells him that homosexuality is "an abomination unto the Lord" he pretends to agree with her, then goes into detail about a bunch of other stuff from the same passage in the Bible that that's from. "How much should I charge when I sell my daughter into slavery?" and such.
  • In the mid-90s MTV had an outspoken conservative VJ named Kennedy. On Murphy Brown a meddling executive decides to shake things up at FYI by hiring the outspoken conservative MTV VJ McGovern.

Video Games
  • Richard Bastion from Grand Theft Auto IV, host of the Richard Bastion Show on WKTT, is written as a No Celebrities Were Harmed parody of Rush Limbaugh.
  • The Xtended Terran Conflict mod for X3: Terran Conflict adds news services for each race. The Terran version, Terran Morning News, is a satire of Fox News as a whole and Glenn Beck's and Alex Jones's shows in particular, what with rampant paranoia, conspiracy theories, and subtle or not-so-subtle discrimination (Muslims in post-9/11 Fox News have been replaced by Aldrinites in Terran Morning News, for example).
  • One mod for Fallout: New Vegas adds an radio station hosted by "Glen Morgan," a racist, pro-gun, right-wing Enclave supporter.

Western Animation
  • Young Justice has a cross between this trope and Marvel Comics' J. Jonah Jameson. in the form of G. Gordon Godfrey. While he isn't overtly right wing, he is the human or Earth equivalent of a Nationalist, and deeply distrust the Justice League for their secrecy (which he isn't completely unfounded on). He uses his talk show as a soapbox and borders on yellow journalism and outright fear-mongering a lot of the time, and when the Reach show up he lavishes them with praise because of their good PR. In an interesting reversal, he actually turns on the Reach once their lies begin to get exposed.
  • On Ultimate Spider-Man J. Jonah has a television show which essentially makes him one of these.
  • The Simpsons:
    • One-shot character and Limbaugh caricature Birch Barlow segued a debate question about budgets into a description about robbers entering houses at night and hog-tying the people within for shock value.
    • The loudmouthed host of the talk show that appears on "Bart Mangled Banner". He continues asking the Simpsons if they hate America (and what specific part of it, as well) by yelling in their faces until Marge snaps.
    • Homer Simpson himself became one after a video of one of his rants went viral and was hired by a news channel. He became so popular he convinced people to wear gravy boats on their heads and almost endorsed Todd Rundgren for president.

Indexes: Characters as Device, Parody Tropes, Politics Tropes, Straw Character, The War on Straw

Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • March 6, 2013
    Earnest
    • Young Justice has a cross between this trope and Marvel Comics' J. Jonah Jameson. in the form of G. Gordon Godfrey. While he isn't overtly right wing, he is a the human or Earth equivalent of a Nationalist, and deeply distrust the Justice League for their secrecy (which he isn't completely unfounded on). He uses his talk show as a soapbox and borders on yellow journalism and outright fear-mongering a lot of the time, and when the Reach show up he lavishes them with praise because of their good PR. In an interesting reversal, he actually turns on the Reach once their lies begin to get exposed.
  • March 6, 2013
    Astaroth
  • March 6, 2013
    thewriter
    On Ultimate Spider-Man J. Jonah has a television show which essentially makes him one of these.
  • March 6, 2013
    StarSword
    ^, ^^: Added. Also added a note that this seems to be mostly a satire trope.
  • March 6, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Wasn't there an episode of 'The Good Wife' where an Expy of some Fox News reporter (can't recall her name r/n, sorry) kept on goading people to believe that a mother had murdered her missing child (can't remember what happened to her really-I think what had happened was that she had been kidnapped) until the mother killed herself out of grief.. and the lady just kept on calling the woman guilty after that fact?

    Also, example from 'The Simpsons': one-time character (and Limbaugh caricature) Birch Barlow. He segued a question about police budgets into a description about robbers entering houses at night and hog-tying the people within for chock value.

    And the loudmouthed host of the talk show that appears on "Bart Mangled Banner". He continues asking the Simpsons if they hate America (and what specific part of it, as well) by yelling in their faces until Marge snaps.
  • March 6, 2013
    StarSword
    Haven't seen that TGW episode so your guess is as good as mine. I'll add it if you can confirm. Simpsons ones go straight in.
  • March 6, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    The Good Wife Season1, Episode 11 "Infamy": Duke Roscoe. Caricature of Glenn Beck that continued to goad people into believing that a woman had murdered her missing baby until she killed herself out of grief and he said on television that he was glad she had done that. He makes the following trial for wrongful death a very hard process by continuously defending his First Amendment rights and anything related (like how he got his info). At the end of the episode the baby girl was found alive, plus evidence that he was misinformed about the dead mother by a (slightly) Loony Fan come to light.

    Also (if I remember correctly) Suzanne Fulcrum, the host of the Show Within A Show "American Crime" of the 2006 show "Justice". Constantly calling the Accused Person Of The Week guilty. The twist was that 1) sometimes the Accused Of The Week *was* guilty (but the audience didn't learned that until the episode's end), and 2) some of her continuous badgering about said accused person being guilty was because she had a grudge with lawyer firm TNT&E (and Ron Trott specially) and their continuous use of spin doctoring for the defense's sake.
  • March 6, 2013
    StarSword
    Thanks for that, marco. Added those and an X3TC example Saber15 helped me with.
  • March 6, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    A British version:

    Film

    In-universe right-wing talk show host Lewis Prothero in V For Vendetta, who staunchly supported the ruling regime, and called out its opponents with a lot of macho bluster
  • March 6, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    Stephen Colbert plays a parody of a right-wing pundit on his talk show on Comedy Central.
  • March 6, 2013
    StarSword
    @We Are All Kosh: Um, you've got the character wrong on the first one. Gordon was Stephen Fry's character, Evey's secretly gay boss. I know the guy you were thinking of but his name escapes me ATM.
  • March 6, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^ Lewis Prothero. Changed it.
  • March 6, 2013
    StarSword
    Right, now I remember.
  • March 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    .
  • March 7, 2013
    NESBoy
    I'm not sure if this example counts, concerning that it involves an actual right-wing activist. Fortunately, this is not an actual article yet, so it's here regardless:

  • March 7, 2013
    StarSword
    I don't know if it counts either (note I haven't actually declared this No Real Life Examples Please), but I'm leaning towards "no" since the trope is really a character written as an expy of right-wing pundits. Does Donald turn into one? (I'm on an Internet connection with a download cap at the moment so I can't watch it.)
  • March 8, 2013
    StarSword
    Bump. Any more examples? Hats? Name input?
  • March 8, 2013
    StarSword
    Wow, thanks for the hat attack! I love you guys!
  • March 8, 2013
    FastEddie
    Please get a better name for the trope. Neo Con Newscaster might work. The references in the current name are all US centric and pretty obscure.
  • March 8, 2013
    AmyGdala
    I removed a hat because this NEEDS a new name. The current name relies on a common misuse of expy (Expy is for an exported fictional character, not a version of a real-life person), and it's needlessly named after one American personality.

    • Fallout New Vegas: One mod for the game adds an radio station hosted by "Glen Morgan," a racist, pro-gun, right-wing Enclave supporter.
  • March 8, 2013
    StarSword
    I'll go with Eddie's suggestion. Didn't realize that was a misuse of expy.

    EDIT: And then I realize an hour later I left the Trope Namer in. *whacks self on head*
  • March 8, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Film

    The film Moon had a talk radio host who sounded a lot like Rush Limbaugh at the very end ( after Sam returns to Earth in an ore hopper, and supposedly tells the world what happened to him up there), who ridicules Sam's story thusly:
    You know what, he's one of two things. He's a whacko or an illegal immigrant. Either way, they need to lock him up. Line two!

  • March 8, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • On The West Wing President Barlett gives Dr. Laura Schelssinger carbon-copy Dr. Jenna Jacobs a verbal beat down. After she tells him that homosexuality is "an abomination unto the Lord" he pretends to agree with her, then goes into detail about a bunch of other stuff from the same passage in the Bible that that's from. "How much should I charge when I sell my daughter into slavery?" and such.
    • In the mid-90s MTV had an outspoken conservative VJ named Kennedy. On Murphy Brown a meddling executive decides to shake things up at FYI by hiring the outspoken conservative MTV VJ McGovern.
  • March 9, 2013
    TonyG
    Homer Simpson himself became one after a video of one of his rants went viral and was hired by a news channel. He became so popular he convinced people to wear gravy boats on their heads and almost endorsed Todd Rundgren for president.
  • March 9, 2013
    Prfnoff
    Little Green Men has John Oliver Banion, who starts worrying his sponsors when he starts talking about having been abducted by aliens (which is half true).
  • March 9, 2013
    StarSword
    Thanks guys. I'll give this until noon EST, then launch.
  • March 9, 2013
    StarSword
    Trope deployed.
  • March 10, 2013
    mdulwich
    ^^^^It was in fact Ted Nugent rather than Todd Rundgren.
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