America society was prevailingly Christian then.
To get television into those households required presenting it
as a purveyor of Christian morals, however repugnant
that may have been to studio heads' true feelings.
by James Perloff
(abridged by henrymakow.com)
What made 1950s television shows so appealing was their morality. They permitted no cursing or sex scenes; any violence wasn't graphic. Furthermore, most shows' plots ended with a positive moral lesson. Honesty, respect for others, "doing the right thing," self-control, and other virtues were upheld. Superman began every episode reminding children that Superman fought for "truth, justice, and the American way."
On 50s TV, crime couldn't pay. (Alfred Hitchcock had a uniquely clever way of circumventing this rule on his show; the criminals would often "get away with it," but in his epilogue, Hitch would dryly remark that they were later caught and paid their debt to society.)
Although Leave It to Beaver became, in recent years, a favorite target for ridicule by jaded comedians, when I attended elementary school my classmates avidly watched it. Almost every story presented a right-or-wrong choice for Beaver (and/or his brother Wally). Temptation usually came from Wally's friend Eddie Haskell, and sound advice from the brothers' father, Ward Cleaver.
In retrospect, Eddie and Ward seemed to loosely symbolize the counsel of Lucifer and God. I find it interesting that, in real life, actor Ken Osmond (Eddie) went on to become a Los Angeles policeman, and actor Hugh Beaumont (Ward) held a Master's Degree in Theology and was licensed to preach by the Methodist Church.1 The cast clearly included some righteous dudes.
So why did all this change? It certainly wasn't because Americans demanded that cursing, sex, and gore be added to their TV diet. As a journalist for three decades, and student of "the New World Order" for four, I've realized that 1950s television was a carefully set trap. To lure a mouse into the trap, you've got to insert some cheese.
In this case, the "cheese" was television's faÃ§ade as a positive tool that would teach your children integrity and uplifting life perspectives. And that's just what it did (even though it occasionally pushed messages a bit to the left of America's center). I believe the nostalgia Americans generally feel for the 1950s is based largely on the values society held, and that television was, in fact, reinforcing those values by presenting strong role models.
If you watch The Honeymooners, the show was hilarious, but Ralph would almost invariably learn a life lesson along the way, classically hugging his forgiving wife with the closing words, "Baby, you're the greatest!"
Even with the conniving Sergeant Bilko (1955-59), the earlier episodes usually ended with a heartfelt message--such as Bilko expressing regrets at having cheated someone--whereas by the final season everything was strictly for laughs at the sergeant's cunning and greed; the ratings dropped and the show was canceled.
America society was prevailingly Christian then. To get television into those households required presenting it as a purveyor of Christian morals, however repugnant that may have been to studio heads' true feelings...
THE OCCULT SHIFT
OK, so how did television go from model citizen to deadbeat?; from Bible and family values to today's sex, gore, foul language, political correctness, ridicule of Christianity, and even satanic occultism? The answer: they pulled one of the oldest tricks--"boil the frog." It's said that if you want to boil a frog, you can't just toss him in boiling water. Instead, you put him in lukewarm water, and gradually turn up the heat. That way, the frog never realizes he's been boiled. This is what television did to Americans.
No degradation could have been introduced in the mid-1950s because half of America's households still didn't have a TV yet. I believe substantive change did not begin until 1963, when home ownership of televisions reached 91.3 percent or near saturation. At this juncture, the fish was baited, and studio heads could start tweaking content. Television sets were expensive then, so no one was apt to throw theirs away over minute, progressive content alterations.
I personally remember TV's different feel in the fall of '63. Leave It to Beaver and Dobie Gillis were suddenly gone; ABC stopped showing reruns of Father Knows Best. The Outer Limits premiered, introducing a new level of creepiness. My Favorite Martian made aliens (who many of us understand to be demonic) very human-friendly. Sure, it was mild stuff, but that's how you boil the occult frog, starting with cuteness--as Bewitched did with witchcraft in 1964 and I Dream of Jeannie with magic in 1965.
On June 17, 1963, the Freemason-dominated Supreme Court had ruled that reading the Bible in public schools was suddenly "unconstitutional." (Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Tom C. Clark, Potter Stewart and Chief Justice Earl Warren were all members of the Craft, ensuring a 5-4 majority of men who apparently held their oath to the Brotherhood above their oath to the Constitution.) Coupled with the Court's previous decision banning school prayers, God had now been officially expelled from classrooms.
Kennedy's assassination was itself, I believe, a reflection of the spiritual pivot of 1963, and on its heels came the Beatles and the Vietnam War. The Powers that Be wanted America converted from a Biblical culture to a Talmudic, Kabbalistic one; from a Leave It to Beaver society to a drugged-up, free-sex, no-God Woodstock society. They succeeded; it took only six years (1963-69). And television played its part, incrementally boiling Christian values out of the frog soup.
Today, news broadcasts are purveyors of a Matrixed "reality" which America's concealed oligarchy want viewers to believe in.
Satanist Anton LaVey, LEFT, the founder of the Church of Satan, affirmed what I have been saying about television's gradualism, and even noted that TVs were intended to replace family altars:
"The birth of TV was a magical event foreshadowing its Satanic significance. The first commercial broadcast was aired on Walpurgisnacht, April 30th, 1939, at the New York World's Fair. Since then, TV's infiltration has been so gradual, so complete, that no one even noticed. People don't need to go to church anymore; they get their morality plays on television. What began modestly as rabbit ears on top of family TV sets are now satellite dishes and antennas pridefully dominating the skyline, replacing crosses on top of churches. The TV set, or Satanic family altar, has grown more elaborate since the early 50s, from the tiny, fuzzy screen to huge "entertainment centers" covering entire walls with several TV monitors. What started as an innocent respite from everyday life has become in itself a replacement for real life for millions, a major religion of the masses. . . . The clergy of the TV religion are those entertainers, newscasters in particular, who nightly spread the Word from their cathode-ray pulpit."
What the Golden Age's brief glow did prove, however, was that television, like any artistic platform, be it literature, theater, music, or the graphic arts, can be a force for integrity, faith, and society's good. How I wish it could experience a renaissance.