Accuracy in Media

NBC News, in its Saturday report “Superman celebrated in honor of 80th anniversary,” left out a key component of Superman’s legacy. NBC reports that “The iconic superhero made his debut in Action Comics #x51 in 1938, evolving into cartoons, a TV series and the big screen.”

But the NBC report failed to mention that for decades, Superman’s key motto was that he stood for “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.”

But as my former Washington Times colleague David Eldridge reported in 2011, the Man of Steel then renounced his U.S. citizenship because he was “tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy.”

“I think he represents truth and justice in primary colors,” Jim Lee, the co-publisher of DC Entertainment (DCE), which produces Superman, told NBC News’ Kevin Tibbles in the report.

Born on another planet, Superman grew up as an adopted Kansas farm boy who projected small-town Americana values, changed his mantra by telling the president’s national security adviser that “truth, justice and the American way” is not enough anymore.

“I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship,” Superman said in the comic book.

By neglecting to mention Superman’s legacy as a symbol of American strength, and the controversial decision to reject that American label, NBC omitted a fundamental, early identifier that propelled Superman to success during the throes of America’s history between two World Wars.

And by neglecting to mention Superman’s subsequent disavowal of his American heritage, NBC also failed to acknowledge today’s ongoing debate over national sovereignty vs. globalism. Conservatives have long noticed that the entertainment industry’s leftward tilt (evidenced by partisan donations, party affiliations, etc.), and DC Entertainment is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., a division of Time Warner, whose CNN media company is highly critical of Trump, a vocal proponent of American exceptionalism.

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