Cultural and political bias on television

This page is a spin-off from a similar page about cultural and political bias in the movies.  The motion picture industry and the television industry are inescapably co-dependent.  Each of them produces political propaganda and "envelope pushing" entertainment that is destructive to our traditional American culture.

Note:  The material about the V-Chip is now on this page.  The V-Chip is a weak and ineffective filter, simply because the people who produce TV shows decide for themselves what the V-Chip rating will be for each show.

16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket.  [#3]  Everywhere we turn today we (and our children) are bombarded with images of sex and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, music, and TV.  This constant bombardment has promoted promiscuity, and corrupted the minds of the American people and made us into a nation a degenerates and perverts.

Obama and Showtime Admit to Exploiting Extreme Weather Events to 'Shift' Public Opinion.  The finale of Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously" wrapped up a long effort to push climate alarmism with an interview between New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and President Barack Obama.  Friedman and Obama agreed on the need to connect extreme weather events to climate change in order to sway public opinion, showcasing the partisan political goal of the Showtime series.

CBS' 'The Mentalist Depicts [a] Murderer of Women as [a] Friend of George W. Bush.  [Suppose] you are a TV series writer or producer and you want your audience to know in one quick scene that your character is the big, evil, bad guy.  How do you achieve this goal?  Well, Hollywood has found the perfect way to do that.  This somewhat new trick is to introduce the bad guy by showing him or her standing in a photo with some high-ranking Republican, often George W. Bush.  After the audience sees the bad guy in a photo with a Republican, why, it is obvious that he is evil, right?

Openly Partisan Stephen Colbert Chosen to Boost the Left, not CBS Ratings.  Stephen Colbert will soon be the first openly partisan comic with a late night show on network television.  It's just one reason why today's news that the liberal host of The Colbert Report will take over for David Letterman on The Late Show smacks of culture, not show business pragmatism.  Late night hosts must appeal to a wide audience. So poaching a comedian from the niche-friendly world of cable television makes little sense, particularly a figure with a hard-partisan persona.  Yes, Colbert plays a "conservative" on his Comedy Central program, but it's just a pose to mock the right and defend the left.

Obamacare Propaganda in TV Scripts?  Top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett recently granted an interview to a celebrity-gossip website called Popsugar and revealed why she had come to Hollywood.  "I'm meeting with writers of various TV shows and movies to try to get it into the scripts."  The "it" is Obamacare.  Conservatives are no match for liberals in this arena.  The White House people know the immense cultural power the Left has in the popular culture.  Liberals rightly credit TV and movies and pop songs for America's growing support for gay "marriage."  So why not use that power for Obamacare?

Obama talks climate change in Showtime documentary.  President Obama will discuss climate change in an upcoming Showtime documentary series produced by James Cameron.  Mashable reports the segment with Obama will offer an exclusive understanding of the president's thoughts on climate science and policy.

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Is it a documentary or a propaganda film?  Mr. Obama will read a teleprompter and pronounce someone else's thoughts on climate science and policy.  If you were to separate Obama from his teleprompter and ask him what carbon dioxide is or what it does, or why he thinks carbon dioxide is harmful, he probably couldn't tell you.  That's because he is poorly educated and unfit for his job.

Nabisco Ad: Homosexuality 'Wholesome'.  Nabisco added its voice to the current trend of forcing liberal social agendas by producing a commercial for their Honey Maid graham crackers and Teddy Grahams snacks showing a homosexual couple raising two children with a voiceover stating "this is wholesome."  The ad begins with a father bottle feeding his baby as another father slips in to kiss the baby's forehead.  The commercial then meanders through a montage of families:  mixed race, single dad, tattooed dad, military dad, and two dads.

'NCIS' Portrays 'Reprobate' by Showing Him with President George W. Bush.  Last week, CBS's popular law enforcement procedural show NCIS chose what is becoming an increasingly common way to establish that a character is the episode's bad guy by showing him in photos with Republicans. [...] The obvious message is that if the bad guy is in a photo with a Republican, a tea partier, or conservative, why it's a cinch he's no good.

Reality Bites Gays.  Image control has been crucial to gay activists.  In 1980 Hollywood produced, Cruising, a big budget film that showed the seamier side of gay life. [...] Since then, any filmmaker who does not conform his gay characters to a positive and largely asexual template is likely to be criticized.  The arrival of the AIDS pandemic helped reinforce this pressure by offering up a new version of a time honored movie stereotype — the terminally ill secular saint.  Today it is allowable to use a gay drama queen as a comedic foil, but only if he is also shown to have a heart of gold.  Otherwise gay characters have to be positive.  In recent years such gay characters have been everywhere on TV and in movies.

Sacrilege: Did the 'Glee' Christmas Go Too Far?  Glee's "Previously Unaired Christmas" should have stayed true to its name and remained a lost script, considering it was complete with a bisexual Santa, transgender Virgin Mary and its fair share of drunkenness.  Glee producer Ryan Murphy is used to pushing the moral boundaries on his hit musical show, but last night's episode may have gone a little too far even for his most loyal viewers — especially Christian ones.

TV Shows Will Soon Be Weaving Obamacare Into Plotlines.  Young people are key for the Affordable Care Act to work, and as a result of a half-million-dollar grant by the California Endowment, TV shows regularly consumed by these young people will soon be weaving Obamacare into plotlines in order to get more of them enrolled in the health care program.

Hollywood Receives Grant to Promote Obamacare on TV Shows.  The California Endowment, a foundation spending big bucks to promote Obamacare, has just delivered a $500,000 grant to TV writers and producers to sneak Obamacare promotions into their programs.  "The aim is to produce compelling prime-time narratives that encourage Americans to enroll, especially the young and healthy, Hispanics and other key demographic groups needed to make the overhaul a success."

'Duck Dynasty' Star: Show Adding 'Fake Bleeps' Despite No Cursing.  In an interview with Sports Spectrum TV earlier this year that's only recently gone viral, Phil Robertson admitted that fake bleeps were inserted into the show even though there was no cursing happening.  "The inserted fake bleeps ... like somebody had used profanity, but no one had used profanity," Robertson said.

VMA Performance Violated MTV's Own Broadcast, Workplace Standards.  MTV violated its own broadcast and workplace standards when it allowed pig-tailed pop singer Miley Cyrus, clad in a flesh-colored bikini, to perform simulated sex acts with Robin Thicke before a stunned crowd at the network's Video Music Awards in Brooklyn Sunday.  MTV is owned by Viacom, the world's fourth largest media conglomerate, which also owns Black Entertainment Television (BET), Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Spike TV.

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Mommy, What's Miley Cyrus Doing to That Teddy Bear?  MTV should consider changing the name of their annual music awards program from the VMAs to the STDs.  Sunday night's internationally televised broadcast set a new low for filth and debauchery even by MTV's standards.  It was a great big freak show celebrating all that is wrong with American culture and it was targeted at American school children.

HBO Newsroom Deceptively Edits Zimmerman 911 Call as Part of Plot.  In March 2012, NewsBusters reported NBC's Today show deceptively edited George Zimmerman's 911 call to make it appear he was a racist.  On Sunday, HBO actually had one of its primary characters on the series The Newsroom deceptively edit that call exactly the way NBC News did it.

The Age of Hyperbole: How Normal Weather Became 'Extreme'.  As American linguist Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa said:  "In the age of television, image becomes more important than substance."  It is effectively visual lying, dictated by Marshall McLuhan's observation:  "The medium is the message."  For example, TV news programs often illustrate air pollution with a smoke stack emitting water vapor, implying it is pollution when it is anything but.

Watchdog Group Denounces FOX Network's Decision to Air Sexually Explicit X-Rated Cartoons.  Beginning Saturday [7/27/2013], the FOX network will air a number of animated shows that contain sexually explicit and profanity-laced content never before shown on network television during its "Animation Domination High-Def" (ADHD) programming block.  The X-rated cartoons, some of which feature full frontal nudity and cartoon characters engaging in sexual activity, are modeled after Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" and will also be available on the internet.

Sitcom Infantalization and the Death of America.  It's not difficult to peg precisely when the American sitcom moved away from following the lives of mature adults to idealizing the lives of overgrown adolescents.  But there's no question that two generations of Americans have now grown up in a world where virtually everyone worth watching on television is a twentysomething to thirtysomething without a home, a spouse, children, or even a solid job in many cases.

Gay Left Celebrates Disney Airing Same-Sex Couple on Kids' Show.  Mickey Mouse just officially added the gay agenda to his programming.  In early 2014, Disney Channel will be all set to air its first openly gay couple in its family-oriented TV show "Good Luck Charlie."  According to TV Guide, an episode of the family show will air a plot in which one of the four children has a playdate with a kid who has "two moms."

'Sesame Street' to teach kids about when Mommy goes to prison.  It's brought to you by the letter P — for prison.  PBS's "Sesame Street" is moving from ABCs and counting numbers to offering its young viewers a bigger lesson in life:  how to cope when Mommy or Daddy lands behind bars.  Called "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration," the program is distributing "tool kits" to schools, community centers and even jails in 10 states — including New York — starting today to help kids ages 3 to 8, organizers said.

The Editor says...
Apparently they presume that Daddy is either a complete unknown or he's already in prison.

HGTV: Use American Flag as Table Cloth.  HGTV viewers are expressing outrage after the network suggested they use American flags as table cloths for Fourth of July celebrations.  Many viewers called it offensive, un-American and an insult to the American military.  "Using an American flag as a table cloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory — especially those who gave their lives defending it," one viewer wrote.  "No one dies for a table cloth."

The President Gives Hollywood a Pass on Violence.  The president's campaign against gun violence has produced a stale debate marked by lots of speeches with little achieved.  A more creative chief executive would have used this moment to widen the discussion by drawing attention to the increasingly graphic violence so pervasive in television shows, movies and videogames.  Mr. Obama is particularly well positioned to challenge Hollywood because of his special relationship with the media world's elites.

FCC mulls relaxing policy for TV indecency.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering making changes to its rules that bar TV and radio stations from airing indecent material.  The commission on Monday [4/1/2013] issued a request for public comment on a proposal that would focus on penalizing only "egregious" cases.  The proposal would be a shift away from the agency's past policy, adopted during the Bush administration, of penalizing even "fleeting expletives."

Top Television Shows Today Full of Garbage.  A few years ago, network television became dominated by cheaply made reality TV shows and talent contests, sitcoms with hyperactive manic characters, and socially liberal themes.  Television has always pushed the edge when it comes to socially progressive themes. [...] Now, with the exception of sports shows, it is impossible to sit down with children and watch one of the top ten television shows on network TV without exposing them to sex and profanity.

Relativism: America's new 'religion'.  It is unlikely that many Americans would consciously choose a culture of coarseness, so why is American culture — TV, radio, films, books and advertising — so immersed in violence, indiscriminate sex, superficiality, pornography and ugliness?  There is much talk about our freedom to choose, but we rarely hear that we can't choose the consequences of our choices.  When relativism is adopted by a society, it does not produce beauty, but coarseness, if not as the desired outcome, then as an unintended consequence.  One can see this occurring in America, in a descent to the lowest common denominator when it comes to art, music, literature, public discourse and entertainment.

Feminists: Leave My Boys Alone.  This past week an episode of Sesame Street set off a firestorm of debate over whether a boy muppet named Telly should be ashamed that his muppet friends caught him playing with dolls.  In one corner "traditionalists" who called out the episode as gender and sex confused.  In the other "modern feminists" who were offended by almost everything the traditionalists said and believe.

NBC Declares War on Christians.  Does NBC hate Christians?  That's what I was wondering over the weekend as I watched "Saturday Night Live" blaspheme Jesus Christ in a violent and bloody Quentin Tarantino parody — just three days after Ash Wednesday.

20 Reasons America Is Becoming An Increasingly Nonfunctional Society.  [#8]  Our movies, music, and TV shows are provided by people who are almost universally hostile to conservatism, Christianity, and traditional American values.

The Teenage Horror of 'Parenthood'.  The NBC series "Parenthood"' has drawn raves from TV critics this season for a storyline about a 40-something mother fighting cancer.  Then on Jan. 1, NBC asked viewers to tune in the following Tuesday for an "unforgettable" new episode.  A teenager would get an abortion at Planned Parenthood.  Such is NBC's definition of "parenthood."

Obama's Legacy on Black America.  In my hotel room, I caught an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama on Lift Every Voice, a faith-based program on BET (Black Entertainment Television).  I was amazed at how the black host and program producers portrayed Mrs. Obama and her husband as the couple they want to believe them to be — that is, strongly committed Christians.  In reality, Obama is the most anti-Christian president in U.S. history.

SyFy Loves Union Protesters, Hates Those Darn Company Owners.  One of the biggest hit series on the science fiction cable channel SyFy is "Warehouse 13," a show where federal agents traipse about the country recovering "artifacts" that have dangerous, other worldly powers.  The show's latest installment indulged a few real world, left-wing political tropes — slamming capitalism, praising unions and attacking southerners.

New York's Chait Admits Hollywood's Systematic Liberal Propagandizing.  In a shocking development, Jonathan Chait of New York magazine has finally admitted what I and other conservatives have been claiming for decades:  Hollywood is a leftist town, and they ladle their leftism into their programming.

The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Is on Your Screen.  You don't have to be an especially devoted consumer of film or television (I'm not) to detect a pervasive, if not total, liberalism.  Americans for Responsible Television and Christian Leaders for Responsible Television would be flipping out over the modern family in Modern Family, not to mention the girls of Girls and the gays of Glee, except that those groups went defunct long ago.

HBO's 'Newsroom' Programmed by Soros-Funded Think Progress?  Like The West Wing, The Newsroom is penned by liberal activist and TV producer Aaron Sorkin.  Who is writing it?  According to Sorkin's writing team, the George Soros-funded, extremist website Think Progress is doing the heavy lifting for team Sorkin.  The episode for Monday, July 9 was a Tea Party bashing extravaganza filled with all sorts of smears of Tea Partiers, of Rep. Michele Bachmann and all things conservative.

Obama's Historical Fiction.  The political left has a long history of using plays, movies, and TV series to push their agenda because dramatic media showcase their agenda items to good effect.  Many audience members get so wrapped up in the images, characters, and action that they don't stop to think about the huge dose of political propaganda being served on the side.

Liberal Propaganda for $300: 'Jeopardy' Sells Out to Democrats.  Does Alex Trebek owe Republicans equal time on his Jeopardy! game show?  Answer:  Yes, the show has become overrun by Democratic politicians and is only going to get even more politically imbalanced in the days to come.

Family Guy Does Entire Episode On The Tea Party, Depicts Them As Violent Fools.  All in all, it was a fairly funny (although sledgehammer broad) parody of conservative Astro Turf groups run by duplicitous billionaires.  That being said, pegging it all on the Tea Party made the whole thing seem about as current as satirizing the Whigs.

The Sad Decline of Saturday Night Live.  It has had its hilarious streaks and its vacuous doldrums, but Saturday Night Live is an American institution.  While it has leaned left in its comedy for most or perhaps all of its 37 years on NBC, SNL never gave you the sense that it had tipped so far over as to lose all sense of perspective.  For many of us that may have changed with the revelation that an opening sketch for last Saturday's SNL was scrapped, apparently because it dug a little too deep at President Obama.  If that's true it shows just how far American comedy has become enervated by having an African-American liberal hero in the White House.

Obama's Historical Fiction.  The political left has a long history of using plays, movies, and TV series to push their agenda because dramatic media showcase their agenda items to good effect.  Many audience members get so wrapped up in the images, characters, and action that they don't stop to think about the huge dose of political propaganda being served on the side.  This is one reason why the left talks so much of narratives.  The political right, on the other hand, completely dominates the emotionally cooler medium of talk radio, where words alone have to carry the message.

Obama's Hollywood Palace Guards Pour In Big Bucks.  If you're wondering why America's so-called satirists still haven't found the fact that Obama ate a dog funny...  In fact, if you're wondering why no one in Hollywood will satirize Obama in any way whatsoever, this should help to explain a lot.

How Many Negative Images of Men Do You See on TV in 10 Minutes?  I was watching the show House Hunters last night on HGTV and noticed that, even with such a neutral show, in the space of ten minutes I saw two commercials that were abusive to men.  In one commercial, a woman was angry at a man at work and dumped a cup of coffee on him. ... I wish I could just peacefully watch a show without the constant message that says men are wimps, perverts, idiots, or must live in constant fear of women and the simultaneous message that women are powerful.

Ed Schultz and MSNBC's Sewer of Hate:  This story emerges in a little known book called The General: David Sarnoff and the Rise of the Communications Industry by Kenneth Bilby.  Mr. Bilby was a close associate of David Sarnoff's.  The ultimate Sarnoff insider who was a two decades-long member of Sarnoff's management team.  The book, a combined biography and insider's account of the legendary Sarnoff — the man who was known in his day as the creator of the modern NBC and "the father of television" (not to mention color television) — tells quite a tale.  And in reading it, one is left speechless at just how far the network's mindless obsession with all things fashionably left — otherwise known as MSNBC — has now managed to steer the entire NBC network's reputation into a veritable sewer of hatred.

'American Idol': Worship Obama, Not Jesus Christ.  Contestant Elise Testone on Fox's fading pop star showcase "American Idol" sang a duet of sorts with Obama this week as part of her cover performance of the Al Green classic "Let's Stay Together."  Just imagine anything of the sort being done with former President George W. Bush.  Impossible, we know.  But now word is out that a spiritual "Idol" wannabe has been told in no uncertain terms by the producers not to sing the praises of Jesus Christ, according to The Daily News.

'Game Change': A made-up narrative from two axe-grinders.  One thing is clear:  The Obama team is terrified of Sarah Palin.  Why else commission a movie from his buddies at HBO about a woman who's not even running for office?

American Idol Pays Tribute to... Barack Obama?  Is it possible to turn on the TV today without being told how wonderful Barack Obama is?

American Idol Producers Tell Contestant to Tone Down Christian References.  The producers of the hit show American Idol apparently told one of its top contestants to tone down his overtly Christian references if he wants to win the competition.

Billy Crystal Calls GOP Candidates 'Dark Knight, an American Psycho and a Charismatic Crack Addict'.  NewsBusters reported Friday that Oscars host Billy Crystal intended to mock GOP "idiots" during Sunday's awards presentation.  Roughly forty-five minutes in, Crystal was true to his word taking a cheap shot at the Republican presidential candidates.

America's One True Religion:  If fewer folks celebrate Mass, then they certainly celebrate themselves.  But if they don't celebrate themselves, they celebrate other mortals.  We call these other mortals "celebrities."  Indeed, America has a culture of celebrity.  Some of our celebrities are celebrated for nothing more than their celebrity; they're "famous for being famous," and they seem to have no redeeming qualities.  We're celebrating the wrong celebrities.  There've been only twelve men who have trod the Moon.  Yet we ignore them and celebrate Eminem and Snoop Dog.

The revenge of Hooterville.  Once upon a time in America, there was good wholesome television.  Lawrence Welk.  My Three Sons.  Red Skelton. ... The rural purge was bloodless but Stalinesque as Norman Lear took over the airwaves to preach liberalism to the masses.  The caricature of the white conservative as an overstuffed racist who cannot deal with change was embodied in Archie Bunker and lives on today.  If you question abortion or wonder why after 10,000 years of civilization men should marry men, you must be a racist and therefore your argument automatically is invalid.

Whoopi Goldberg: Communism Is 'a Great Concept' That 'Makes Perfect Sense' on Paper.  According to "The View's" Whoopi Goldberg, communism is a "great concept" that "makes perfect sense" on paper.  The comedienne and co-host made the rather astounding comment on Tuesday [12/20/2011] while discussing the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.

Communism Is Not a Good Idea, Not Even on Paper.  When one hears someone say "communism is a great concept, a wonderful idea on paper, etc," you know right away one is dealing with a political novice.  For someone to make such a ludicrous statement in light of insurmountable evidence is either ignorant or is willing to suspend reality to entertain their own thinking, which is in essence, liberalism.

TV teaches the slut life.  From the sluts and hos of MTV's "Jersey Shore," to the trailer-trash stars of "16 and Pregnant," to the extreme girl-on-girl emotional violence committed on TLC's innocuous-sounding "The Next Great Baker" (seriously), a strange planetary shift is occurring.  You see it on ABC's "The Bachelor," where women engage in hand-to-hand combat to win the temporary affections of a random guy they've never met.  You even see it on NBC's "The Apprentice," where women get into hair-pulling fistfights in a demented quest for a crummy job.

ABC's Dance with Chaz Bono Highlights Networks LGBT Agenda.  The controversy continues over Chaz Bono's participation in ABC's upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars."  The response to the transgender contestant's role in a once-family friendly show has left ABC with an ongoing PR problem.

Decency Groups Warn of Trashy Fall TV Line-up.  Television watchdog groups are warning that the line up of prime-time shows the major networks are set to trot out this fall are trashier than ever, with over-sexualized content the increasing norm.  Matt Philbin of the Culture and Media Institute (CMI) told CBN News:  "It's clear that Hollywood is out of ideas when it comes to sit-coms and prime-time dramas.  Everything now has to focus on sex."

Online push for Bert, Ernie to have gay wedding on 'Sesame Street'.  An online campaign to pressure the producers of "Sesame Street" into having lovable roommates Bert and Ernie get married is gathering steam.

Publicly Funded Leftism on Community Television.  Community television began, like many bad ideas, in the 1960s, when self-styled "media activist" George Stoney and others began lobbying the FCC to mandate "public access" broadcasting.  Stoney is described as "an early advocate of video as a tool for social change," who makes films "focusing on issues of social justice."  In short, he's a leftist. ... Media activists demanded that this revenue be earmarked to support local public, educational and government television, known as PEG channels.  FCC rulings in 1972 and 1974 led to the mandate that every community with 3,500 or more cable subscribers be offered four public access channels funded by access fees.  The Supreme Court ruled in 1979 that the FCC had overstepped its authority, but by then it was too late...

Good riddance, Oprah.  Oprah's only-in-America success has come at the expense of American culture.  Because she's a garden variety show-biz liberal with a giant megaphone.  And because a healthy society should eventually recognize emotional voyeurism and personal-pain pornography for what they are, and marginalize them.  It's easy to forget that in the 1980s and early 1990s Oprah was, in the words of Penn State Professor Vicki Abt, the "Queen of Trash."  With its parade of freaks, miscreants and hapless victims baited and confronting each other on-camera, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was indistinguishable from the offerings of Geraldo, Sally Jessie Rafael or Ricki Lake.

Sesame Street and Friends 'pumping out left wing messages'.  Conservative columnist and author Ben Shapiro accused television executives and writers of pushing a liberal agenda in several high profile American television entertainment shows.  His book "Primetime Propaganda" will show how the "most powerful medium of mass communication in human history became a vehicle for spreading the radical agenda of the left side of the political spectrum," according to the publishers HarperCollins.

The (Distorted) View.  The Joy Behar-Whoopi Goldberg meltdown highlights the worst in American liberalism: attitudinal pressure masquerading as argument, a smug alienation from the surrounding culture, a fetish for euphemism, and a conceit that holds contrary positions as indecent.  Worst of all, the made-for-TV spectacle demonstrates that when reality clashes with ideology, too many liberals opt for comforting delusions over disconcerting facts.

NBC Changes Rules to Allow Same-Sex 'Today' Wedding.  After a meeting with gay and lesbian activists on Thursday, NBC's "Today" show said it is changing the rules for its annual wedding contest to allow same-sex couples to apply for a ceremony conducted on morning TV.

CNBC Anchor:  Hugo Chávez is 'Funny,' 'Charming,' 'A Seductor,' but 'Dangerous'.  What is it with Hollywood personalities going to Venezuela and being swept off their feet by the thuggish dictator Hugo Chávez.  They come back with these stories claiming he is just misconstrued by the media and that he's really a great guy.

Andrew Breitbart Nails Bill Maher: You're Not a Libertarian, You're a Socialist.  Andrew Breitbart on Friday exposed Bill Maher for not being the Libertarian he claims to be, but a socialist instead.  When push came to shove, a seemingly embarrassed Maher didn't protest.

After Lobbying for Gay Rights on MSNBC, Contessa Brewer to Speak at LGBT Event.  MSNBC's Contessa Brewer, who on Monday argued that overturning Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a "civil rights issue," will appear at a July 24 fundraiser in Kentucky to support gay rights in the state.

The "Glee" Agenda.  Bill O'Reilly recently hosted a "culture warriors" segment at Fox News where both "warriors" agreed that homosexuality is morally acceptable.  That same no-debate mentality has been a regular drumbeat on the Fox television series "Glee," a musical drama/comedy about a high school glee club in Lima, Ohio.  This show is wildly popular because of the music.  Songs performed on the show sell feverishly on iTunes within hours.  It's not a hit because it's a political or social debate forum.  But just as it dazzles viewers with musical performances, it's hammered hard against traditional values at every turn.

More abortion doctors have been murdered on 'Law & Order' than in real lifeLaw & Order promoted its storylines as "ripped from the headlines," but the show's hate-on towards social conservatives was actually sourced from liberal op-ed pages, where paranoid (and inaccurate) predictions about "Tea Party violence" and ever-looming "Christian theocracies" have enjoyed an equally long run.

Bill Maher's 'Black' President.  [Scroll down]  It is the liberal media machine which ignores intellectual blacks like Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams and elevates racial hucksters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to the level of "community spokesmen."  It is our leftist-dominated entertainment complex which continues to glorify black low-lifes and gang-bangers in music and on film.  It is the liberal academics who continue to insist that America is a fundamentally racist nation, and that "reparation" must be made to peole who never experienced slavery by people who never engaged in it.

Hell in the Pacific.  The war in the Pacific is worthy of increased interest as our own unique contribution to free the world of fascism.  Thus it was with great anticipation that World War II fans tuned into the ten-part HBO docudrama "The Pacific," co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks — who brought us the "Band of Brothers" series that followed soldiers in Europe after the D-Day landings.  I could stomach only five of the ten episodes.  Excellent production values aside, it fast becomes apparent that the intent is to vilify war and to ignore the justness of America's cause.

Media's Attack on Fatherhood.  Recently I saw a MasterCard commercial in which a pre-teen son arrogantly "teaches" the father environmental lessons while grocery shopping. ... Such subtle messages about the supremacy of children over their dads are now common.  Turn on the television and watch just about any channel for one evening and a particularly disgusting pattern begins to emerge:  the "dad" is often portrayed as wimpy, ignorant and doltish.  Everyone is smarter and more mature.  Nearly everyone else is also more attractive and physically fit. ... The unmistakable message behind such carefully crafted ads and images is that dads are disposable — they don't really contribute much to the family other than being the brunt of jokes.

Why Should So Many Americans Feel Threatened by Business?  [Television] has offered several decades worth full of negative stereotypes and sleazy plot twists involving businessmen.  As long ago as 1987, a controversial PBS documentary called "Hollywood's Favorite Heavy:  Businessmen on Prime Time TV" (hosted by movie legend Eli Wallach) pointed to the tendency of major networks to portray corporate executives as felonious, ruthless, blackmailing, violent, lecherous, unfaithful, greedy and, frequently, murderous.  The program cited studies at the time showing that on fictional network series (including dramas, soap operas, and even comedies), no occupational group so frequently committed major crimes so frequently as wealthy business leaders.

Obama and Miss California.  Miss USA judge and Hollywood blogger "Perez Hilton" (real name: Mario Lavandeira) forced his own political agenda onto the nationally televised Miss USA pageant when he asked Miss California if she supported gay marriage.  An out homosexual who traffics in outing closeted gays, gossiping and trashing celebrities, having Hilton as a pageant judge — hired, presumably, by NBC — was hardly an accident. ... One does not have to be a professional media critic to see through the transparent agenda of those who placed Hilton/Lavandeira on the judges' panel.

It Takes a Village of Idiots.  I have always found it odd that whenever the producers of TV, movies and records, are accused of setting a bad example for the kids, they always insist that their product is simply entertainment and that entertainment in no way influences youthful behavior.  If they really believed it, they'd have to be even stupider than they are.

Late-Night Comics Still in Thrall to Obama.  As a fan of comedy in general and satire in particular, I've always enjoyed the late night television circuit. ... One of the chief complaints I've been hearing from conservative friends over the last several years, though, is that these shows are nothing more than thinly disguised bastions of left-wing brainwashing where pseudo-intellectual elites bash the Grand Old Party and indoctrinate the nation's socialist youth against sound conservative thinking.

How 25 Years of Gay Activism in Hollywood Has Paid Off:  If you're noticing your TV screen turning pink, it's not just your imagination.  The new broadcast TV season includes 22 series featuring a total of 35 openly gay characters, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).  GLAAD, which rides herd over all Hollywood scripts dealing with homosexuality, says the number of series with homosexual characters is a record.  These series are on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW networks.  The total figure does not include shows on cable... .

Ann Coulter Indicts 'Friends' and Liberal Press for Glamorizing Unwed Mothers.  Coulter sees Hollywood and the news media contributing to various social problems in the United States by approving — even glamorizing — single motherhood, a theme she develops in her new bestseller:  Guilty:  Liberal 'Victims and Their Assault on America.

Stan Lee 'to create world's first gay superhero'.  Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-man, is planning to unleash the world's first homosexual superhero in a new television programme.  Lee has reportedly created a character called Thom Creed, a high-school basketball player who is forced to hide his sexuality as well as his superpowers.

How 25 Years of Gay Activism in Hollywood Has Paid Off:  The new broadcast TV season includes 22 series featuring a total of 35 openly gay characters, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).  GLAAD, which rides herd over all Hollywood scripts dealing with homosexuality, says the number of series with homosexual characters is a record.  These series are on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW networks.  The total figure does not include shows on cable, like The L Word on Showtime, or MTV's all-gay LOGO network.

Lavender Propaganda: More Prime Time TV Series Feature Gay Characters than Ever Before.  "Desensitization" is one of the principal strategies employed by homosexual activists to advance their political agenda.  The idea is to overwhelm the public with images of wholesome homosexual individuals and couples, in order to reduce people's instinctive resistance to homosexuality and overcome the public perception that homosexuality is a distasteful, abnormal lifestyle.

Late-Night Comics Skewer Republicans 7-to-1, Study Finds.  If you're a fan of Jay Leno or David Letterman, you may already know this:  You have to listen to seven Republican jokes for every one the late-night comedians tell about Democrats.

Not-so-Funny Business With Late-Night Political Humor?  A new study reveals late-night comics are not fair and balanced when it comes to the election — not really a shocker.  But the non-partisan Center for Media and Public Affairs says David Letterman and Jay Leno are skewering the Republican candidates seven times more than the Democrats.  The group says that during the five weeks after John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate, Leno and Letterman picked on McCain and Palin 286 times, but told just 42 jokes about Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Dish Network Now Has An Obama Channel.  Three readers from different parts of the country email that Channel 073-00 on the Dish Network is now labeled OBAMA.  The channel plays his two-minute ad laying out his economic plan on a loop, over and over.

Girly Men:  The Media's Attack on Masculinity.  At work they're Masters of the Universe, but in the social realm they're ineffectual schlubs.  Women can do whatever they want to them, and the men can't find a way to get control over their personal lives.  They spend much of the program discussing their feelings about the terrible things that are happening to them.  These otherwise powerful men show that no man is safe from the myriad humiliations women and life in general are apt to heap upon them.

A&E's faith problem:  My wife and I sat riveted the other night, watching Larry King Live as he showed clips from A&E's made-for-TV version of the events of September 11th on board Flight #93.  The actors on the show made a point of telling King how accurate and true to the transcripts this movie was, so I was curious to hear how they handled Beamer's last moments.  As I suspected would happen, Beamer's final prayer to his God was excised.

The Politically Correct Horror Picture Show.  Occasionally, I view the History Channel, and Sunday evening I tuned into a two-hour horror show.  Viewers were treated to frightening scenarios for three-plus disasters, some natural, some of our own making, that are bound to destroy the world and everybody in it, or something just short of that. … This is yet more evidence that those who paint the most horrific pictures of our future are determined that we get one consistent with their jaundiced view of mankind's capacity for self government.

What Does "Family Friendly" Mean?  In the world of the networks, where sleaze, sex, blood and shock are the rule, the definition of "family friendly" can easily be watered down — and has been.

Showtime Renews Lesbian SeriesThe L Word, a lesbian version of Sex and the City, has been renewed for a fifth season.  The series airs on Showtime, the pay cable network owned by CBS.

More sexed-up shows on U.S. television, report finds.  U.S. television these days is loaded with sexual content — double the number of sex scenes aired seven years ago, says a study out Wednesday [11/9/2005].  And the number of shows that include "safer sex" messages has leveled off, it said.

Fall TV Preview for Red Staters.  It can get discouraging out there for a red-blooded conservative searching for good original programming without any sermons from our betters in Blue America.  Walking into the fall line-up without a guide, you're more vulnerable than a Democratic staffer at a NASCAR race.

Warning:  She gives plenty of examples.
Vulgar USA.  A couple of weeks ago I was felled by a particularly nasty flu.  Too sick even to read, I listened to radio and watched television for long hours every day.  What I heard and saw was not conducive to recovery.  I admit to being a little "out of the loop" as I almost never watch entertainment television on the major stations.  But the level of vulgarity that now seems utterly ordinary is just unbelievable.

Oprah promotes, and Whoopi volunteers for irresponsible sex.  We all know that sales of anything — books, cars — skyrocket when a product is featured on Oprah.  What are these "endorsements" of casual sex going to reap?  And The View, in its attempt to be hip and edgy, comes across like a bunch of adolescents who don't know how to behave when company visits.

AFA Warns Sponsors to Separate from 'Desperate Housewives'.  A pro-family media watchdog group has announced it will monitor advertisers on ABC's popular program "Desperate Housewives" and plans to call for a yearlong boycott of the series' sponsors.

Al Gore, the United Nations, and the Cult of Gaia (1999):  [Scroll down]  Another key player is Ted Turner, who has turned his broadcasting empire into a virtual arm of the United Nations. A noted critic of Christianity and ambassador on behalf of the U.N. Population Fund, he promotes the concept of Gaia in his television programs, such as the "Captain Planet" cartoon show, in which characters get magic powers from an Earth spirit or goddess. … Turner claims personal credit for originating the concept of the Captain Planet and the Planeteers cartoon program, which features a character "Gaia," described as "The spirit of the planet Earth who appears to the Planeteers either in human form or as a holographic image."

The World According to the TV Critics:  What critics focus on, as an imperative, are those programs that are defined as cutting edge, the ones that break new ground — especially if they're salacious.  And when it stars a known entity, it's a lock for a review.  So it comes as no surprise that the Showtime network's new "Californication" series has everyone's attention.

Donald Rumsfeld is like Adolf Hitler?  "A little faux pas," according to comedian Joy Behar, speaking Tuesday [12/19/2006] about her stunning comparison a day earlier on ABC's gabfest, "The View."  "I don't think that Rumsfeld is an evil person, in his heart," Behar told the show's audience Tuesday, appearing to take a small step back from her controversial off-the-cuff remarks.

Caution:  This article includes graphic descriptions of the most disgusting shows on cable TV.
Castration:  The Next TV Frontier.  The temperature has cooled, the leaves are turning colors, and the new fall television season has begun.  Enter the mudslide.  The Shock and Awe manipulators have been unleashed to air evermore graphic sex and grotesque violence — and, predictably, a combination of the two.  The first "winner" in this race to the bottom was the FX cable channel, another sure bet.

Soap Opera Introducing Transgender Character.  In a story unusual even for a soap opera and believed to be a television first, ABC's "All My Children" this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman.

The girls on The View.  These are women who pride themselves on being independent and empowered when they dress like prostitutes (look at the view of cleavage on the View!).  These are the women who watch the View.  These are the women who support Hillary Rodham Clinton.  These are the women on the show who ask Senator Clinton questions like "Do you think being a mom will help you in the White House?" as they did on December 20.

Study Shows TV Sexual Content Increasing, 'Safe-Sex' Themes Leveling Off.  Researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation report that the amount of sexual content on television today is nearly double the amount that was on in 1998. … TV deals a lot with sex — but addresses the related risks and responsibilities far less often.

While all America switches on the TV, Hollywood turns to its basest instincts.  There is a gay son in Desperate Housewives, a gay mobster in The Sopranos and a gay theme night on American Idol (if songs by Queen count as a gay theme).  As for those other popular family-values shows, there are offerings about a corrupt, murdering cop (The Shield); a corrupt murdering President (24); a polygamist businessman and his three wives (Big Love); a misanthropic hospital doctor (House); and, of course, a prison inmate and his sex offender sidekick (Prison Break).

Kids' TV Contains 'Dark, Sinister' Violence, Pro-Family Advocate Warns.  The Parents Television Council's director of research and publications feels more adults need to pay attention to what their children are watching on TV, even during after-school and Saturday morning broadcast time supposedly dedicated to children's programming.  She says many parents may be surprised to learn that much of kids' TV is really not so much for kids anymore.

Caution:  The writer goes into graphic detail to make his point about TV indecency.
"Little House" of horrors.  Why did she do this?  Is the "wholesome" tag such a scarlet letter in today's Tinseltown that it requires this level of penance?  Perhaps there's even more to it.  Until recently, [Melissa] Gilbert was president of the Screen Actors Guild, which has fought proposals to strengthen protections against televised indecency.  Gilbert couldn't have taken a more public stand (in this case, in the prone position) than this disgusting stunt.

Too much profanity on 'American Idol'.  The new year's TV sensation is unmissably Fox's "American Idol." … Two years ago, I sat down to watch an episode, not because I wanted to (I certainly didn't), but because I felt the professional obligation.  I confess:  I was hooked.  It was dramatic, it was hilarious, it was heartwarming, it was professional — all the things that make for good television. Sadly, this year, you can add another descriptor:  It's also now raunchy.

Entertainment as indoctrination:  Entertainment is the subtlest and most effective means of ideological indoctrinating.  It creates a psychological opening through which cultural messages bypass the intellectual filters that arrest most input for critical analysis.  Because the context for these messages is "entertainment," they get a free pass into the mind's cultural framework, where they compete, at a subconscious level, with established ethical and moral standards.

Sex, culture, and the college student.  When parents think about the pitfalls of popular culture for their kids, they usually focus on their younger children, the innocent ones for whom it gets harder every day to shield from an onslaught of sexual themes in everything on television and the radio, including the commercials.  Throw in the Internet, and it's surround-sound sex.

Super Bowl:  good news and bad news.  During the Super Bowl, [advertisers pushed] hyper-violent movies.  For example, "Poseidon" featured a ship being overturned by a tidal wave, people falling to their deaths, and massive explosions.  How did they get around their own guidelines?  These movie trailers are now sometimes aired before the movie is formally rated.

Coming in 2006:  Group marriage TV?  As another year turns, we're reminded that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  As our popular culture pushes ever further into anything goes, we're reminded that anything-goes has certainly gone before. … Led by the usual hallowed envelope-pushers of pay cable, Hollywood has marched ever more passionately in this decade into chronicling and celebrating a cavalcade of alternative lifestyles.

TV's ickiest moments of 2005.  It is a rite of passage for some TV critics to take stock of the worst of the past year's television.  Entertainment Weekly Online, no nest of prudes and scolds, has compiled its own list of the "10 moments that made us squirm the most."

Warning:  The author goes into graphic descriptions of the worst stuff on television.

Poisoning children, too?  There is no market demand for this.  It is clearly out of bounds, offensive and dangerous.  It shatters the innocence of childhood deliberately.  And yet there are people out there writing these scripts. … And there are people distributing it with the goal to reach, and influence, as many millions of little boys and girls as possible.

TV's tasteless trampling of the taboo.  The Kaiser Family Foundation recently issued a new biennial study finding that the number of sexual scenes on television has nearly doubled since 1998.

E! TV is Using 'Girls Next Door' to Normalize the Porn Industry.  Entertainment Television's show Girls Next Door is just another example of Hollywood's attempt to normalize the porn industry in today's culture, claims an internationally respected expert and justice consultant on the subject.  In an exclusive interview, Dr. Judith Reisman … blasted the E! TV channel by saying, "the fact [that the network] states on its website that they are owned 49.9% by Disney says it…all."

Radio Disney:  Remove God From 'Ten Commandments' Movie Ad.  It's a movie about the Bible, but family-friendly Disney Co. is moving heaven and earth to make sure the word "God" is stricken from some advertisements promoting an upcoming animated film on Moses and the Ten Commandments.

Who defines "family" values?  The Family Friendly Programming Forum … has just announced its "Family Television Awards." … Their best drama series selection was ABC's "Lost," a gripping and popular show, but also incredibly violent. … Maybe for older teens this is acceptable.  But for grade-school children?  The Family Friendly Programming Forum says it is.

The indecency argument is over.  Every national survey shows the public is absolutely fed up with indecent, obscene, vulgar, offensive, inappropriate — you pick the word — programming flooding the airwaves, aimed at impressionable youngsters, and all because corporate behemoths could care less who they offend so long as they can make a buck.

NBC to Air Series About Dysfunctional Christian Family.  A conservative advocacy group is urging its supporters to protest an upcoming NBC television series that portrays a "completely dysfunctional family" as models of the Christian faith.

Why Liberals Hate Christians:  Liberals in America despise Christians of true faith.  They do this because in doing so their own guilt is appeased, their anger is justified, and they can finally lay blame for their own misery at someone else's feet.  Last night Alexandra Pelosi's newest documentary, "Friends of God" aired on HBO.  In that Alexandra is the daughter of the nation's first feminist, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi it was all too easy to pre-judge where Alexandra's work would land.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

"The Book of Daniel" mocks Christianity.  NBC will air The Book of Daniel on Friday evenings, starting in early January.  According to published reports, the weekly show centers around an Episcopal priest named Daniel Webster who talks with a manifestation of Jesus.  In addition, the Webster family reportedly includes a 23-year-old homosexual, Republican son; a 16-year-old daughter who is a drug dealer; and an adopted son involved in an improper relationship with the bishop's daughter.

Some NBC Affiliates are Closing the Book on Daniel.  Last week NBC affiliate KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas, decided not to air the premiere episode of The Book of Daniel after receiving hundreds of protests.  But station management opted to air the Friday night program after getting deluged with hundreds of counter-protests.

NBC's Book of Daniel is Desperate Housewives in a Clerical Collar.  Apparently the church is the last politically correct punching bag.

NBC Could Mock More Than Episcopalians.  NBC couldn't possibly have an agenda to just mock Episcopalians.  Or Christians.  Could they?

The chickens come home to roost:
NBC pulls the plug on 'Book of Daniel'.  NBC's "The Book of Daniel" may have launched to great controversy and hoopla.  But, today, the show ended with a whimper — pulled unceremoniously from NBC's Friday night schedule, effective immediately, with no more of an announcement than an entry on an NBC blog by creator Jack Kenny.

NBC cancels "The Book of Daniel".  NBC has canceled controversial Friday night drama "The Book of Daniel" after only a few weeks on the air.  The cancellation is blamed on low ratings nationwide.

The Editor blurts out...
Some people will watch TV regardless of what is being shown.  Unfortunately for NBC, there aren't very many people with standards low enough to tolerate a program such as "The Book of Daniel".  I wonder how many NBC executives are now looking for work as a result of this miscalculation.

TV's uncontrollable urge to be gruesome:  In an article in the New York Post, lead actor Julian McMahon proclaimed of the show's sex and violence, "I'd like to be even more brutal and more weird … I feel very lucky that we've gotten away with what we have, but I'd like to go even further."  Which his industry will, at least until the next Columbine, at which point they'll all be oh, so upset again.

The Pond.  Most folks don't realize that many sitcoms are created not simply to entertain.  They are created to drive an agenda, to further a world-view, to break down "barriers".  I've written before about how MTV has made a big business out of manipulating our teens' minds for money, all the while pushing them further into the abyss of an already over-sexualized culture.  But parents of even the youngest children must understand that much of today's TV programming for their tots is designed to be the first of a gradual breaking down of sensitivities and values.

Tila Tequila, MTV's Latest Poison.  This show seemed desperately in need of a writer's strike.  Quality, however, was never necessary.  The lack thereof was — and it worked.  It scored first place on cable among MTV's desired demographic of 18- to 34-year-olds.  What Viacom also knows, and had absolutely no qualms about, is that this sex-obsessed show would also play well with junior-high and high-school kids, and grade-school children, too.

The arrested adolescent's channel.  Nothing is sacred at Comedy Central.  The cable channel has perfected the formula of mocking positively everything, to find the final frontier of offensiveness and smash it to bits. … There is a network formula here — shock equals publicity equals ratings — and Comedy Central thrives on it.

DISHing Low.  On one recent night I made a command decision regarding my TV remote:  It won't click over to G4 Tech TV if my young son is anywhere within earshot of the TV.  I made that decision after watching about 30 seconds of Xplay, ostensibly a show that reviews video games.  And the hosts do review games.  But while handing down their verdicts, they also manage to curse like sailors for no apparent reason.

TV Network for Gays, Lesbians to Debut.  Unlike other gay-oriented networks, Logo will not be pay-per-view; it will be be fed into homes via cable networks whether consumers want it or not.

TV infested by "weeds".  Showtime, the pay-cable giant owned by Viacom, must be seeking a perfect schedule of "edgy" sleaze. … Isn't it somewhat perverse that our tax dollars need to go to drug-prevention messages on television, in part to counter our drug-glamorizing TV programs?

The sleaze subsidizers:  Even though blame for increasingly offensive TV programming is properly assigned to producers, writers, networks, and even viewers, sponsors bankroll shows with graphic sexual content, foul language and violence, and therefore also share responsibility.  Without the advertising dollars, the raunch would never air.

PTC Announces Top Ten Best/Worst Advertisers.  The PTC tracked products advertised on all of primetime broadcast television and select original cable programs between January 2004 and January 2005.  Companies were ranked on the best or worst list based on how frequently their ads appeared on family-friendly programs versus programs containing high levels of sex, foul language, and violence.

FCC Accused of Discounting TV Indecency Complaints.  The federal agency charged with enforcing the nation's broadcast indecency laws now stands accused of discounting complaints from tens of thousands of citizens because those complaints were submitted with the aid and urging of advocacy groups supporting tougher enforcement.  Conflicting data regarding citizen complaints has resulted in some groups questioning the credibility of the FCC, which is responsible for enforcing broadcast decency standards.

FCC:  Wilder than the newspapers.  The FCC seems to be saying that only actual nudity or actual sexual situations on broadcast television are offensive enough to trigger remedial action.  You can talk about anything you want, and focus entire hours of TV programming on raunchy sexual subject matter, as long as you don't show actual sex.  That's a sad abandonment of the FCC's responsibility to uphold community standards.

Family Group Warns of "Deviant Homosexual Content" on New Cable Networks.  A pro-family group is warning parents about two new homosexual cable networks that will be offered by cable providers.

Mary Kay's crime pays.  Webster's Dictionary defines famous as "widely known," but also "honored for achievement," while infamous is defined as "having a reputation of the worst kind," a synonym for "disgraceful."  In the big business of celebrity journalism today, there is no discernible difference between fame and infamy.

Media Morality - Does It Even Exist?  Since the 2004 presidential election, the nation has been abuzz with the increased influence of "morality" in the voting preferences of Americans.  Eleven states voted to reject homosexual "marriage," Florida denied abortion for minors without parental notification, and gambling initiatives were repeatedly struck down.  Why is this so surprising?  Perhaps it is because, at first glance, one may not guess that we are a moral nation.  Look at the TV shows, the music, the movies that we consume for entertainment.  The recent trend in politics does not reflect the spiraling culture in which we find ourselves.

Nickelodeon Tells Kids The Battle At Alamo Was To Defend Slavery.

Televised fiction acts as a commercial for big government.
The brilliance of today's TV characters:  The most impressive and competent individuals on the small screen today, I think bar none, are those who work for the government, particularly in the intelligence and national security fields.  It seems fair to say that not everyone would regard this as a true-to-life reflection of the current situation.

Pro-Family Groups Continue Push to Rein in Media Indecency.  Pro-family and media watchdog organizations are urging President Bush to appoint a new chairman to the Federal Communications Commission who "is committed to enforcing indecency laws."  In a Jan. 31 letter to Bush, Robert Peters, president of Morality in Media, urged the selection of a new chairman who believes that "the breakdown of standards on TV and radio is a 'moral values' problem we cannot ignore."  The letter was co-signed by representatives of 53 pro-family and decency groups.

Study links teen sex to TV sexual content.  Young people who watched a lot of television with sexual content were about twice as likely to start having intercourse during the subsequent year as those with little exposure to televised sex, researchers found.  "Exposure to TV that included only talk about sex was associated with the same risks as exposure to TV that depicted sexual behavior," said Rand Corp. behavioral scientist Rebecca Collins and colleagues.

Violence and Promiscuity Set the Stage for Television's Moral Collapse.  Long hailed as the cheapest form of family entertainment, television has cost us our imagination, our conversation, and our children's innocence.  As Dr. George Gerbner puts it, "The roles [young people] grow into are no longer home-made, hand-crafted, and community inspired."  Instead, they are developing a worldview based on television and not their own experience.

Sex and the TV-watching teen:  While smoking remains legal for adults, it's off limits to children, and cigarette advertising would decidedly entice youngsters to dabble in that vice.  It's a simple, cause-and-effect argument.  In that vein, it should not be surprising that Rebecca Collins and a team of researchers at the RAND Corporation have discovered a similar pattern for prime-time television's nearly omnipresent patter about sex, sex, sex.

Is sweeps month lesbian month?  In this sweeps month of February, all the other networks are pumping up the lesbian themes for much more cynical ratings-grabbing reasons, with hormone-bursting teens as one target audience.  Sweeps month is always the time to ramp up the "edgy" factor, which is the perpetual problem.  How far will the networks have to go to locate the frontier of "edgy" for the next sweeps period?

Yearning for the middle.  The culture war is about the raunchiness that seeps into everyday life, entertainments that appeal to the lowest common denominator among us.  In defining deviancy down, in the memorable phrase of the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, sexual explicitness, nearly always vulgar and trashy, is thrown in the faces of everyone.

CBS's other mess:  Luckily for America, the FCC didn't buy the notion that CBS had no idea it was about to stun the country from one football-crazy coast to the other.  It's easy to forget that MTV — CBS's sister corporation that produced this debacle — almost immediately boasted about the stunt on its Website.

Summer's pop music meltdown:  Want a primer on societal meltdown?  Then turn on the Top 40 pop station in any town, and sample the cultural depths to which too much of today's popular music has sunk.

Top 10 Best and Worst Network TV Shows for Family Viewing.  Each year, the Parents Television Council rates the best and the worst shows on primetime television on the seven major broadcast networks.  The PTC Best and Worst list does not examine artistic quality.  But it measures series' appropriateness for family audiences from a content perspective.

"Buffy" and "Will & Grace" cleared of indecency.  "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Will & Grace" came up clean as far as the FCC is concerned, as it rejected indecency complaints filed by two conservative-leaning interest groups against the popular syndicated TV shows.  The complaints filed by the Parent Television Council and Americans for Decency were dismissed in a 5-0 vote.

Oprah Winfrey:  Agent of Moral Insanity.  Oprah Winfrey, widely cited as one of the most influential and admired women in America, showed herself to be an agent of moral insanity when she featured a program celebrating young children who are seeking sex-change procedures and transgender identities.  In one episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the true nature of our modern sexual confusion was made clear, and the broadcast should long be remembered as one of the most frightening hours in television history.

The media joins the Big Lie game.  Bush and Cheney have in fact been careful not to claim that Iraq and Al Qaeda collaborated on 9-11. Yet Democrats and many in the media claim they have.

Christian Broadcaster:  Cable and Sat Channels are Cluttered with Filth.  The head of PAX-TV is urging Congress to do more than just crack down on broadcast indecency on the public airwaves.  He wants U.S. lawmakers to go after filth on cable and satellite TV as well.

Montel Williams & Me:  You don't realize how much shows like this are choreographed until you're actually on one.  Despite the seemingly spontaneous nature of the dialog and the audience's reaction, virtually every moment of applause is cued by a member of the show's staff.

NBC Show Hides Truth About Abortion IndustryLaw and Order: Criminal Intent, NBC's popular extension of its Emmy Award-winning series Law and Order, has proven itself a purveyor of pro-abortion propaganda.  The episode titled "The Third Horseman," which aired January 6, was filled with pro-abortion rhetoric, anti-right-to-life sentiment, and distrustful attitudes toward Bible-believing Christians.

Radio's Summer smut:  [N]early every morning radio show is pushing sex, sex and more sex — and the more outrageous, the better.

How CNN Creates The News:  How many families do you know that live in a "compound"?  My dictionary defines a compound as "an enclosed area used for confining prisoners of war."  But in the liberal media handbook, "compound" means any dwelling where God and guns are present.  It's a loaded word used to conjure up images of white separatists and religious sects.

Getting "queasy" at the FCC:  [H]ow many times has the FCC fined a TV station or network for violating decency standards?  None.  Try and find one.
(Warning:  He's right, but this article contains rather extensive descriptions of broadcast filth.)

Is there a broadcast standard?  Where is our popular culture located in this age of expanded sexual consciousness, and its byproduct, shrunken periods of innocent childhood?  Does mass culture have a gatekeeper anymore?  Hollywood used to have a voluntary code of conduct for movies and TV, but those are now forgotten relics.  TV networks used to have broadcast standards and practices departments, but nobody seems to be practicing hard at upholding standards.

Real Reality:  "Reality" TV is out of control.  Cameras have faithfully recorded everything from contestants eating rats to foolish women marrying for money, and soon French TV will show live action in — you guessed it — a brothel.  I have an idea to put all those cameras to good use, in a way that will benefit the citizenry.

Harsh Reality TV:  The entertainment television business isn't just based on ratings, it's based on profits.  Some of the biggest TV hits of our time, like "Friends," see their profits diluted by star salaries commanding $1 million per major character per episode.  It helps you understand the appeal to network executives for "reality" shows, where willing human camera fodder will do the most ridiculous things for next to nothing more than the chance to be televised.  It's the latest in cheap ego massage:  I am televised, therefore I am.

New web site:  One Million Dads.  The networks and sponsors don't care what their programming is doing to our children.  The only thing they care about is making money.  Here is what Michael Eisner, CEO of Disney (which owns ABC), had to say about respecting children:  "We have no obligation to make history.  We have no obligation to make art.  We have no obligation to make a statement.  To make money is our only obligation."

(Would Walt Disney have agreed?)

Black Isn't a Personality Type:  Should producers cast "token" black characters in order to avoid the charge that their show is "all-white?"

Political Correctness Imprisons Speedy Gonzales:  From Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, to Wile E. Coyote's Roadrunner-catching Acme ingenuity, Warner Brothers' hilarious Looney Tunes have filled generations of Americans with innocent childlike laughter.  Unfortunately, political correctness run amok is depriving future generations of one unforgettable toon.  The Cartoon Network, a subsidiary of AOL-Time Warner, has shelved all 40 six-minute Speedy Gonzales shorts.

What's a parent, anyway?  A new book called "The Other Parent:  The Inside Story of the Media's Effect on Our Children" is written by a liberal professor and features an afterword by a member of the Clinton family.  So should conservatives consider it radioactive?  At times it's wrongheaded -- even to the point of shrillness -- but it does have some superb moments.  In the final analysis, it's a provocative read.

Parents Group Identifies the "Best" and "Worst" of Network TV:  The Parents Television Council, based in Los Angeles, has just released its annual list of what it considers the ten best and ten worst programs on prime-time network television.

New Police TV Drama Masks "Pornography," Ex-Officer Charges:  A top official at a national police organization calls the controversial new FX cable network police drama, The Shield, "pornographic" and believes it does a disservice to the men and women in blue.

"West Wing" vs. Reality: Bush Dumb, Gore Bright?  President George W. Bush -- despite his post-September 11 performance -- remains dumb, says "West Wing" producer Aaron Sorkin.

Studies Show TV Affects Children:  Years of studies and worries about the effects of violent and immoral programming on children have accomplished nothing.  The entertainment media are worse than ever.  Violent and immoral behavior among teens is escalating.  New studies are increasingly able to link the programming and behavior.

Networks Plan on Blaspheming God — Most Shocking TV Season Ever:  ABC, CBS and NBC are considering dropping many of the few remaining standards on network prime-time TV programs — and will likely allow expletives and four-letter words never spoken before on broadcast TV.

Lower TV Standards Draw Mixed Response:  Reports that new television shows this fall will include more expletives, sexuality and profanities involving God's name are drawing mixed responses from conservatives and industry observers.  Some see the prime time programming as further evidence of the coarsening of American society, while others point to the 2002 network lineup as an opportunity to promote the responsibility of parents to monitor what their children watch on television.  [It is both.]

Clearing the AirWaves:  The FCC may be the official arbiter of decency for the nation's airwaves, but frankly, Homer Simpson has greater influence over what goes on the air.  It's called the Simpsons' Rule:  "If they say it on 'The Simpsons,' we can say it on the air."

Tuned In, Turned Off, and Ticked Off, Too:  The Culture and Family Institute - an affiliate of Concerned Women for America (CWA) - has released a report accusing the FCC of failing to crack down on broadcasters who allow foul language, sexual innuendo, and partial nudity to air during prime time.

Parents' Television Council Says Family Hour Has Gone From Bad to Worse:  Violence, vulgarity and profanity are more prominently displayed on television's family hour than ever before, according to the Parents' Television Council.

Triumph of the Vulgarians.  [A]s Lee Siegel wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal, vulgarity has become so common in the culture that there's nothing rebellious about it anymore.  Elvis's below-the-belt gyrations were taboo-breaking and suggestive.  Today, there's nothing suggestive about Miley Cyrus.  Nobody watching her twerk thinks, "I wonder what she's getting at?"  Indeed, if there's any larger message to her routine, it is simply to announce that the exception has now become the rule:  Vulgarity is expected, decency a surprise.

Violence on Prime Time Broadcast TV.  Concerns about the impact of television violence on society are almost as old as the medium itself.  As early as 1952, the United States House of Representatives was holding hearings to explore the impact of television violence and concluded that the "television broadcast industry was a perpetrator and a deliverer of violence."

Foul Language on Prime Time Network TV.  The connection between media violence and real life violence has been well documented.  The consensus of the scientific and mental health communities is that children are profoundly influenced by the violent images they see on television and in films.  Constant exposure to media violence can result in aggressive, anti-social behavior, and even violent outbursts.

Hollywood's Ridiculous Lawyers.  When Justice Stevens asked if there were changes in community standards over the last 30 years, if society had grown more tolerant of curse words, Carter Phillips, the profanity-favoring attorney for Fox, proclaimed:  "I believe that society is significantly more tolerant of these words today than it was 30 years ago."  Justice Scalia replied:  "Do you think your clients have had anything to do with that?"  The answer is, of course, self-evident.  There is no greater cultural influence on impressionable youth than the entertainment industry.

Racy TV shows linked to higher teenage pregnancy rates.  Groundbreaking research suggests that pregnancy rates are much higher among teens who watch a lot of TV with sexual dialogue and behavior than among those who have tamer viewing tastes.  "Sex and the City" ... was one of the shows used in the research.

BBC bows to viewers and curbs swearing after 9 pm watershed.  The BBC is to tone down the amount of sex and swearing screened following the 9 pm watershed, because viewers were dismayed by the moral decline in programme standards.

The Frustrated Family Hour.  Since 2000-2001, violent content during the family hour has increased 52 percent.  Sexual content is up 22 percent.  Foul language is down 25 percent since 2000-2001.  But wait.  The decrease is almost entirely due to the drop in less objectionable words….  The major curse words have hardly declined at all, just 3 percent.

The Editor says...
Television (and radio, for that matter) can only provide inexpensive family entertainment in a country where either (a) the producers of broadcast programs have the self-control and common decency to present only G-rated shows and (b) the viewing public tolerates only the most benign material.  These conditions have not been met in the U.S. since the 1960's.  There is no "Family Hour."  Prime-time television, with rare exceptions, is a cesspool of tawdry and salacious pap that would have been considered "unfit for broadcast" as recently as the 1970s.

As you might expect, there is offensive language throughout this article.
More Than Ever, You Can Say That on Television.  Ever since George Carlin laid out the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" in 1972, television writers and broadcasters have been digging more deeply into the thesaurus, seizing on new ways to titillate, if not offend.

Networks Plan on Blaspheming God — Most Shocking TV Season Ever:  ABC, CBS and NBC are considering dropping many of the few remaining standards on network prime-time TV programs — and will likely allow expletives and four-letter words never spoken before on broadcast TV.

Violence on Prime Time Broadcast TV.  Concerns about the impact of television violence on society are almost as old as the medium itself.  As early as 1952, the United States House of Representatives was holding hearings to explore the impact of television violence and concluded that the "television broadcast industry was a perpetrator and a deliverer of violence."

Foul Language on Prime Time Network TV.  The connection between media violence and real life violence has been well documented.  The consensus of the scientific and mental health communities is that children are profoundly influenced by the violent images they see on television and in films.  Constant exposure to media violence can result in aggressive, anti-social behavior, and even violent outbursts.

Sex Loses its Appeal.  For years conventional wisdom in Hollywood has been that "sex sells," and the more, the better.  That mantra has been reflected in increasingly frequent and increasingly graphic depictions of sex on television.  But does sex really attract more viewers?  In recent years, countless surveys have shown that not only are parents increasingly concerned about how exposure to sexual content is affecting their children, but even adults are turned-off by the rampant sex on TV.

This might be a case of over-analysis...
The Use of Offensive Language by Men and Women in Prime Time Television Entertainment.  A content analysis examined prime-time television entertainment programs aired on 7 broadcast networks during the 2001 season.  Profanity use within inter-sex and intra-sex interactions was explored.  Swearing occurred most often in man-to-man interactions, followed by women-to-men.  Men and women tended to use mild curse words more when talking to the opposite sex.  Unmarried women more often directed expletives at both men and women; unmarried men cursed more at other men.  Offensive language was most often met by a neutral response; men and women were equally likely to respond positively and negatively to cursing.  Men in feature roles, as compared to minor roles, used more profanity when speaking to men and women.

Parents group criticizes heavy sexual content on TV.  On a recent episode of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," it is implied that Jake, the teenage son of Alan's character, is having threesomes with some of his female classmates.  Like everything else in the raunchy sitcom, it is played for laughs and no actual sexual acts are depicted.  Not laughing, though, is the Parents Television Council.

Bad Advice:  What TV Parents Teach Their Children About Sex - A two-part series on television's portrayal of parents.  Part 1 Part 2

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