As difficult as it is to imagine this today, being an American news reporter was formerly being part of a highly respected and challenging profession. So much so, in fact, that throughout the early-to-mid 20th Century reporters frequently were the subject of dramatic fiction. In our post-modernist dystopia, of course, the life of a news reporter is actually rather dull. Spending a couple of hours in the wardrobe/make-up room and reading off a script is about the extent of the ability required to work in American journalism today. Print journalism today doesn't even require that much effort.
In the past, it wasn't so. A news reporter in the past had a mission not unlike the military or police professions. His duty was to defend freedom by educating and informing the public so that the public could make sound decisions relative to self-government. On the domestic front, this meant in-depth coverage of political initiatives; exposing government corruption and malfeasance; investigating crimes and other threats to public safety; bringing injustices to public attention---as well as providing other public services like announcing scientific discoveries, humanitarian and charitable efforts, and promoting social and community events.
Obviously, journalistic goals were much different then. Today, the journalist's mission is to shape public opinion, a politically-correct way of saying, telling people what to think. News bureaus actually used to employ foreign correspondents. These were reporters stationed abroad to report on foreign affairs and give eyewitness accounts. Today, their equivalents simply sit in a State Department or Pentagon briefing-room and write down whatever the officials say.
This weekend's feature program is about the adventures of a foreign correspondent and titled after the city wherein he was stationed, Hong Kong. Hong Kong aired from 1960-1961 on ABC and followed the adventures of Glen Evans, an American newsman and Korean War veteran who leads an action-filled life fighting Communists, organized crime syndicates, and not unoccasionally rescuing a damsel-in-distress or two. With his friends Major Neil Campbell---the head of British Security Forces, and Tully---a white-suited nightclub owner and former WW2 resistance leader, Evans does a respectable job at making the world a better place.
Beside providing badly-needed alternatives to what passes for pop culture today, these reviews counter the contemporary Media and Manospherian stereotypes of masculine culture. Hong Kong is another series which counters it brilliantly. Evans, Campbell, and Tully form something like an informal brotherhood united by a common purpose. The noteworthy aspect of their characters is their sense of responsibility.
Social responsibility is not only never advocated by most Manospherians, it is a subject that most of them anathematize. On the one hand, the practitioners of Game preach manipulating situations for purposes of self-promotion; and despise society outside of their cult as fools undeserving of anything but contempt. Yet, true masculinity focuses on responsibility for the welfare of others. That is a position of a masculine strength; to see a need, meet it, and fulfill it.
The Gamers talk much about 'manly Alpha leadership but it is obvious that, without a sense of responsibility, leadership is a fairly empty concept. The Cultural Marxists have amply proven that fact by emasculating so many of our positions of social leadership. What is leadership without a sense of responsibility? A hollow, superficial form of it wherein all the outward trappings are present with none of leadership's real power. All one has to do is observe the current crop of eunuchs running the Pentagon attired in uniforms evocative of Union Civil War officers to see that there is more to being a man than simply dressing as one.
Social Responsibility naturally implies a belief that those whom we defend deserve the benefits of liberty and justice. Why else would a man like Evans sneak into Red China to free a hostage or get shot at by drug-smuggling Tongs unless he believed that people deserved better than Communism and drug addiction? The Game Cult instead holds that male achievement revolves around attractive a man's power and position are to the opposite sex. They pigeonhole men like Evans into what they term the Sigma Archetype, a type of male they despise because the so-called Sigmas are attractive to normal females. Put bluntly, the Game Cultists are, at bottom, social engineers who thrive on manipulating a dysfunctional social order---like parasites in a diseased body. There's nothing masculine about their Alpha Archetypes at all, except on the surface. Anglo-American men today could benefit greatly from following the examples portrayed in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is an hour-long program, hence it contains some well-developed plots along with considerable action. It must be confessed, though, that viewed from the standpoint of 2016, Hong Kong has something of a poignant atmosphere about it. We're getting an honest portrayal of Western Culture in an exotic location in 1961, just a few years before Western Civilization began its decline. Admittedly, in an hour-long dramatic program we get a fairly panoramic view of what life and cultural expectations were like in the early 1960s and the contrast between those and today's can be somewhat sad to contemplate. The freedom, respect, prosperity, and general happiness people enjoyed in that era---along with the determination and courage to defend those values---is graphically illustrated in Hong Kong.
Maybe, too, from our retrospective, we can see what Anglo-American culture was capable of producing. It could be so again, if men are willing to take responsibility, like Evans, Campbell, and Tully did, instead of submitting to Cultural Marxists and slavishly accepting all of the follies of these self-appointed elites as New Normals.
Hong Kong is available on DVD, but is in the public domain and most episodes have been published in venues like Youtube.