The Cordoba House, sometimes described as the "Ground Zero Mosque," has come to so dominate our media discourse that some writers are seeing the Islamic center and its surrounding controversy everywhere they look. One conservative writer, The National Review's Mike Potemra, swears that Sunday evening's new episode of Mad Men was commentary on the ongoing controversy. Mad Men, an enormously popular television show chronicling advertising executives in the 1960s, features frequent social and cultural commentary on the 1960s but has not been accused by critics of secretly commenting on the 21st century.
Potemra took the National Review's blog last night to write, "tonight’s depiction of Roger Sterling’s outburst against the Japanese sounded like a pointed comment about the current mosque controversy." However, readers may have reason to doubt Potemra's thesis. Not because of the show's well cataloged liberal bent, but because, as Potemra himself suspects, the episodes are written, filmed, and produced several months before they air. And, as we all know, conservative opposition to the Cordoba House was, until recently, nearly non-existent.
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