Last week, Law & Order aired one of its trademark "ripped from the headlines" episodes. The episode titled "Talking Points," opened at a campus lecture given by a tall, blonde conservative author named Anne Koulter. Just kidding, the fictional character's name was Judith Barlow. Protestors outside the lecture hall chanted, "1, 2, 3, 4 Barlow is a right-wing whore." That's actually slightly more creative than the chants liberals usually shout. A word that rhymes with "Hitler" is hard to find. The lecture was disrupted when liberals in the audience started shouting over Barlow. The lecture ended when gun shots were fired and Barlow was whisked away by security. The bullet misses her and instead kills a student.
The episode also shows further violence from anti-Israel students who beat up on a pro-Israel Christian student. Thinking that it may be a case of retaliation, the Christian student is investigated further when video surfaces of the shooting victim kicking the Christian student as he lays on the ground. However, detectives find that the Christian student was volunteering at a soup kitchen on the night of the lecture. He had decided not to press charges and even invited the anti-Israel student to volunteer with him. After that scene, the one conservative writer at Law & Order went home for the day.
In a moment of honesty from the writers of Law & Order, the gunman turned out to be a liberal who disagreed with the conservative speaker. It's clear that the audience is supposed to sympathize with the gun-wielding liberal. The defendant is a Ph.D. candidate with Parkinson's disease who was upset by Barlow's views on embryonic stem cell research. In another ripped-from-the-headlines moment, the defendant doesn't take his medication during the trial in order to pull at the jury's heartstrings.
Throughout the episode, many of the characters lament that it was a shame that Barlow wasn't murdered.
A professor at the college comments that "the wrong person died."
When the DA tells the shooter's lawyer that the student intended to shoot Barlow, the lawyer says, "Oh, God bless you."
In an exchange between the ADA and DA on the shooter's intent: "I'd feel better if we had more motive evidence." "Ever hear Barlow speak?" "It's Murder 2. I don't think 'I hate her politics' is going to cut it." "Now I know you never heard her speak."
Finally, a group of liberals who are honest about their disdain for free speech and penchant for violence! Counter to reality, the police officers in Law & Order act as though they hate Barlow when in fact most cops in New York are total right-wingers. Liberals frequently contradict themselves when trying to explain the popularity of conservative writers. Liberals say conservatives write these "outrageous" things just to sell books and then claim these writers are on the fringe and don’t represent most Americans. Likewise, it's never clear in the Law & Order episode how Barlow ended up on campus. Did she just show up one evening? In the end, Barlow's lecture is deemed hate speech, but the shooter is found guilty. He's guilty not because he tried to kill the right-wing Barlow, but because he accidentally shot a fellow liberal student.
This isn't the first time Law & Order writers have fantasized about murdering outspoken conservatives. Last October, The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck was left shaken when an episode of Law & Order: SVU featured a character that was raped twice and then murdered by a serial killer. The victim's name was Elizabeth Hassenbeck. The conservative Hasselbeck called Neil Baer, the executive producer of SVU. He told her, "Well, you can just chalk that up to coincidence." They exchanged a few more words and then Baer hung up on her. The episode was heinous enough to temporarily bring Hasselbeck and co-host Rosie O'Donnell on the same side of an issue. A Law & Order insider later revealed that it's unlikely that the victim's name was coincidental. The insider told the website TabloidBaby:
Law & Order is scrupulous about making sure they don't use anyone's name as a character-- especially not someone who's famous. Whenever we use a name on the show, we have people who check. If there are even five people in New York with the same name, they don't use the name… [Creator] Dick Wolf is the Law & Order guy around here. But Neil Baer and all his writers are liberals. [Hasselbeck's] a conservative. Why not have her raped and murdered? Real funny. Neil Baer hates unscripted television, and he probably doesn't like the woman because she became a star on Survivor. He's also a liberal medical doctor and I bet she's against stem cell research.
For a crime drama based in New York City, it seems the only offense the Law & Order detectives can find is opposition to embryonic stem cell research. Given that I can find an episode of any one of the three or four Law & Order series on TV at virtually any time of the day, the embryonic stem cell followers should be looking to Mr. Baer to fund their research rather than to the taxpayer.
Law & Order was right to highlight liberals' hostility toward conservatives. Many conservatives, including Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, Bill Kristol, Pat Buchanan, and dozens of students have been physically attacked by campus liberals simply for espousing conservative views. However, it appears that for outspoken conservative women, the only place more dangerous than a college campus is the set of Law & Order.