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June 18, 2005

The American Way: Mocking Dads On Television

Can you think of one consistent positive portrayal of a father on prime time television since Bill Cosby’s Huxtable?

John Tierney can’t.

We can make our share of mistakes, but fathers aren’t nearly as stupid as we are made out to be on television. The decades-long campaign to emasculate men and to demean fathers has been remarkably successful. Its part of the devastating trend of the great disappearing father and the resulting delinquency, teenage pregnancy, increasing drug use, and much more.

Here’s one group, the National Fatherhood Initiative, whose mission is to restore the proud role of fathers.

Posted by Jim at June 18, 2005 08:07 AM

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I dunno, Full House wasn't that hard on the dad, except for his obsessive-compulsiveness over cleaning.

Posted by: SilverBubble at June 18, 2005 02:40 PM

I have a hard time even finding positive portrayals of dads in the books for our toddler that my wife brings home from the library.

Posted by: Jason at June 18, 2005 05:12 PM