Written by Tim Winter | Published July 1, 2022
I hope you will be able to enjoy a relaxing, long 4th of July weekend with your family and friends. And to help you celebrate our Independence Day, we’ve provided some viewing recommendations we think you’ll enjoy.
But before I get to those, I’ve been thinking about my own Declaration of Media Independence for America’s families as we head into the weekend.
I declare that America’s families deserve:
-Freedom from child pornography becoming normalized on streaming platforms like HBO, Hulu, and Netflix.
-Freedom for our children from addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-sexualization that is encouraged and exacerbated by addictive social media and dark, nihilistic, teen-targeted programs like “Euphoria.”
-Freedom from media companies who deceptively market adult content to children and conceal adult themes in programs supposedly created for children.
Because America’s families today are facing a different kind of tyranny in the age of “Big Media” and a culture that wants to strip our children of their innocence and their right to a childhood unmarred by adult preoccupations with sex, violence and obscenity.
If we want freedom – true freedom – from Hollywood’s corrupting influence, we need to be united in rejecting Big Tech. Let’s declare our Independence from Hollywood and instead support those streaming services that support our values.
What to Watch This 4th of July Weekend
GAC will be airing a Christmas movie marathon, starting Saturday July 2nd. Featured movies include wholesome holiday romances originally developed for Hallmark, like Mrs. Miracle. Check listings for channel and times.
UPTV is welcoming the popular police drama to its network with a marathon, starting Monday, July 4th. Blue Bloods follows the multiple generations of the Reagan family who have dedicated their lives to public service. This series contains many familiar elements of police and legal procedural dramas, but what makes Blue Bloods stand apart from other police dramas is its positive depiction of fathers and male role models, and its focus on family. Check listings to find UPTV on your system.
Reminding us that freedom isn’t free, this heart-felt drama follows what happens to Max the service dog after his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott is killed in Afghanistan. The sequel follows Max to the White House, where he is assigned to the president’s Secret Service detail. Check local listings for channel and air times.
Set against the glorious backdrop and stunning vistas of the foothills of Alberta, Heartland is a ranch like no other – it is a horse ranch with a special mission to treat troubled or neglected horses and find them new homes.
The effects of the Civil War threaten to overtake a peaceful and prosperous Quaker family and their farm, despite their best efforts to remain detached. Friday, July 1 at 12 pm Pacific/3 pm Eastern on INSP. Check listings to find INSP on your system.
And if you’re looking for something with a more patriotic flair:
A Capitol Fourth on PBS begins at 8 p.m. ET on July 4th and is available for streaming from the PBS website.
Yankee Doodle Dandy, the musical tribute to song-and-dance man George M. Cohen starring James Cagney will be airing on TCM at 12:15 on July 4th , followed by the musical 1776 about the writing of the Declaration of Independence at 2:30 p.m.