FX’s Fargo Shows Reagan Bringing Man to Tears with Shining City on a Hill Speech


<p>Previewing last Monday&rsquo;s episode of FX&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/fargo/episodes&quot; target="_blank"><em>Fargo</em></a>, set in 1979, I <a href="http://www.mrctv.org/videos/fx-s-fargo-shows-reagan-bringing-man-tears-…; target="_blank">highlighted a promotional clip</a> in which a man declared &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not shaking&rdquo; Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s hand because Reagan &ldquo;made a movie with a monkey. It wouldn&rsquo;t be dignified.&rdquo;</p>

<p>In fact, the November 9 episode presented Reagan as a charismatic figure whose &ldquo;shining city on a hill&rdquo; speech, at a campaign stop in Minnesota, moved the man to tears. And, when Reagan later approached the man, local car repair shop owner &ldquo;Karl Weathers,&rdquo; played by actor Nick Offerman, &ldquo;Weathers&rdquo; eagerly shook Reagan&rsquo;s hand while enthusing: &ldquo;I loved you in Cattle Queen of Montana.&rdquo;</p>

<p>The episode allowed viewers of the FX drama, many of whom are likely too old to have experienced the Reagan years, to hear some of Reagan&rsquo;s finest and most-inspiring words &ndash; though accompanied by violent and graphic video of a shoot-out in a forest between two rival criminal families. [Though most edited out, video includes graphic violence of people being shot in the head.]</p>

<p><em>&gt;&gt; Much more detail <a href="http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/brent-baker/2015/11/16/fxs-fargo-sh…; target="_blank">in the post, on the MRC&#39;s NewsBusters blog</a>, for which the video was clipped &lt;&lt;</em></p>

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