- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bogus ‘balance’

“[T]he progressive Center For American Progress (CAP) … released a document called ‘The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio,” which advocates the return of the failed Fairness Doctrine in talk radio, in an attempt to censor and stifle the dominance of conservative talkers.

“What the Center For American Progress won’t tell you is that one of the authors of the liberally-biased ‘report,’ Paul Woodhull, is a founding partner of not one, but two liberal talk-radio show companies, Big Eddie Radio Productions LLC (BERP), which produces ‘The Ed Shultz Show,’ and Bill Press Partners LLC, producers of ‘The Bill Press Show.’ …

“If Congress reintroduces the so-called Fairness Doctrine … broadcasters will be forced to balance their airtime between conservative talk-radio shows and liberal talk-radio shows. There are only a handful of successful, established liberal talk-radio shows from which broadcasters have to choose … and Woodhull has a financial stock in two of those.

“This liberal organization is not only attempting to regulate free speech for political gain, but also, in the case of at least Woodhull, they intend to profit from the loss of your First Amendment rights as well.”

Bob Owens, writing on “No Conflict of Interest Here,” at ConfederateYankee.mu.nu

Faith on film

“[‘Evan Almighty’] is completely respectful of the story of Noah, and faith in general. God is clearly good, clearly involved and clearly in charge. Although the movie has a hint of environmentalism … it is not the main thrust of the story. Global warming, carbon footprints and recycling are not the moral. Instead, God at one point shows Evan the valley as He made it, reminiscing fondly about sculpting the mountains and aligning them to maximize sunshine. He is Creator, in charge over creation. …

“It’s a wonderful thing to see a movie that addresses faith, offers insights on the nature of God and entertains as well. It is certainly a Hollywood step in the right direction. And yet, one wishes it weren’t quite so completely unobjectionable. Everything wraps up with a neat little rainbow. The role of God in judging humanity, very clearly described in the real story of Noah, is glossed over.”

Rebecca Cusey, writing on “Evan, All Righty,” Friday at NationalReview.com

Bad girls

“It is by now almost impossible for anyone to deny some acquaintance with the phrase ‘girls gone wild.’ It is the unavoidable title of a video series in which … college girls drink too much … and go all kinds of wild for the cameras, usually during an artless attempt at vacation fun.

“What possesses young women to act this way? … What is going on? ‘We continually malign the good girl as “repressed,” ‘ notes Wendy Shalit [in her new book, ‘Girls Gone Mild’], ‘while the bad girl is (wrongly) perceived as intrinsically expressing her individuality and somehow proving her sexuality.’

“And indeed the bad-girl image … is strangely popular these days. It is the kind of daring post-feminist pose — presented as liberated and free of gender stereotyping — that shows up in music videos, racy advertisements, gossip columns and celebrity profiles. (Think of Lindsay Lohan on even a good day.) It is not hard to find versions of the bad-girl image in the hallways of the average American high school.”

Pia Catton, writing on “A Modest Rebellion,” June 23 in the Wall Street Journal

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