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Did 'CSI' Use Justin Bieber to Slander the Tea Party? (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 28th 2010 6:15PM
On last week's episode of 'CSI,' singing sensation Justin Bieber guest starred as a domestic terrorist bomber, and some Fox News pundits are suggesting the character was written as a Tea Party sympathizer (although the Tea Party movement was never mentioned by name in the episode).

On 'America Live' (weekdays, 1PM ET on Fox News), Megyn Kelly raised the question of whether CBS and 'CSI' were using Bieber to take an "ugly swing at the Tea Party."

"People are saying this is basically . . . anti-tea party propaganda and that they have used one of the most popular stars -- certainly among teenage girls -- in the world, never mind the country, to try to make their point," was how Kelly put it.

This got us thinking. What if Bieber joined the Tea Party in real life? The combined power of the two hard-charging phenomenons would probably topple the government. Well, maybe not the government. But they would surely crash Twitter.

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My biggest problem with CSI (not having watched for a while) is how dead the cast seemed. There's no new blood, and the actors look like they need to be propped up. Really guys, it needs help!

October 01 2010 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sons Of Liberty

I think that political commentary is no more important than when it is worked into mainstream media. Why can't there be political commentary without people freaking out and claiming slander. If they *did* intend to demonize the Tea Party, why use Justin Bieber, who's appeal is limited to preteen and young teenage girls. They are not a voter demographic. What, are they going to pester their parents to vote liberal because Justin Bierber told them to. Do teenage girls even watch CSI?

September 30 2010 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike list

i didn't see the tea party in those episodes. i saw a fictional account of a militia group more like the hutarees. that they saw themselves either implies that it was closer to the truth than they want to admit, or they are shopping for an issue.

September 30 2010 at 7:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Everyone just needs to relax. Fox is bad....republicans bad...I hate Bush. Honestly, Meg K was simply stating that it's been talked about....and it has been. Google this subject matter and you'll get many hits prior to Meg K bringing this up on her show.

So what is the big deal? So what if the show didn't specifically say "we are talking about the tea party". Some could argue that the fact that Bieber was joining right wing events, THAT was implying the tea party. It wasn't simply a guy who was anti-gov, he'd been to some of these events...hence, associating him with the tea-party. This isn't rocket science.

Meg K brought up the question, and HELLO, had two people from OPPOSITE sides debate on the issue...that's it. It's good entertainment, and it gives the viewer an opportunity to hear the argument on BOTH ends.

Fox news has been a republican party for the past 20 years? What does that mean? That their all republicans? That they lean to the right? That they only care about Republican view points? I don't care if FOX leans right, as long as they have people on the left give their two cents as well. Bill O does it.....Meg Kelly does it....Neil Cavuto does it.

Unfortunately MSNBC doesn't do it....only give the left point of view. CNN also leans left, but on occasion does a good job of giving both sides of an issue.

September 30 2010 at 1:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

FOX TV has been a republican party for the past 20 years. They have been slandering the democratic party for years. So i don't think FOX is in any position to point there finger when they should at themself in the mirror.

September 29 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Get over it. Show me the clip, show me how he put's down the T P. How easy it is for a T V Personally to put there so called options on there news programs. Believe it or not, there are people who have a brain. We look at both sides, and try to make an informed decision.

September 29 2010 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Consider the source! Anything out of hollywood or Washington is targeting the "right" and by "right" I mean that which is correct or right as opposed to wrong! This kid had no idea what the subliminal message would be and probably wouldn't care because he was getting paid and exposure. If we don't watch they don't have a show.

September 29 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Montgomery

EXCELLENT!!!! Anything that CBS can do to discredit the tea party is fair game.The tea party has no answers to our problems, the tea party IS our problem. The tea party is just a sad group of old, white, racist bigots who are all going to die naturally very soon so they have NOTHING to say about our future. They can't stand the fact that we have a black president and when they howl "TAKE BACK AMERICA!!!" they mean to take it back from the minorities. They represent only the top 3% richest Americans so they are our cultural enemies. Barrack, don't dignify those low lifes by asking them for suggestions. Mark Montgomery boboberg@nyc.rr.com

September 29 2010 at 6:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched the episode, and wondered at the time if the tea baggers would get upset. The fringe movement depicted on CSI didn't have the same agenda though. These were more like the American Independent Party, opposed to driver licenses and such. Funny that FOX would take the leap that "fringe" = tea party.

September 29 2010 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

When Fox News says "people are saying", you can safely translate that as "it suits our political agenda to suggest".

Why you feel the need to give such propaganda coverage is beyond me.

September 28 2010 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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