- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2011

Today we are living in a sexually permissive society that worships at the feet of behavioral misfits like Charlie Sheen. All the media outlets have been clamoring around the actor, waiting for him to self-destruct, as they report on his antics in an effort to satisfy the insatiable appetites of a wanton and degenerate public (“Sheen: ‘My efforts’ helped get pay for ‘Men’ crew,” Web, Tuesday).

It is ironic that Mr. Sheen’s father, actor Martin Sheen, adopted the family surname from the great American moral commentator and Catholic Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. This irony is reflected in the troubling shift over the past half-century of media bias from those who would save America to those who would turn our nation into the Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

When actress Jane Russell died last week, it was widely reported that she had been a “timeless beauty and a talented actress.” Few in the media dared to say that despite her sex-symbol image, she was a rare defender of Christian and Republican values.

Having undergone a botched abortion at age 18, Russell heroically turned her life around and became a staunch pro-life advocate. She also founded the World Adoption International Fund in 1955.

Hers is a story of beauty, integrity and love. But what does the media prefer to dwell on? Charlie Sheen, his drugs and his apparent obsession with prostitutes and pornography. No one need wonder any longer why America sometimes seems morally bankrupt.

GEORGE PETERSON

San Francisco