- The Washington Times - Monday, June 4, 2007

Radio talk-show host Michael Medved will deliver the keynote address tomorrow at the

Grand Hyatt downtown in conjunction with the release of the Culture and Media Institute’s special report, “The Media Assault on American Values.”

The institute, founded in October 2006, is the cultural division of the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group. The study is a follow-up to CMI’s first special report, “The National Cultural Values Survey,” conducted with the polling firm Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates.

“There’s a large body of scientific evidence that shows media do affect attitudes and behavior,” said Robert Knight, director of CMI. “If this weren’t so, advertisers wouldn’t spend billions on 60-second spots.”

The new report will document what it sees as the adverse effect of television on Americans’ moral values. The report explores how TV viewing correlates with views on personal responsibility, religion, character, divorce, sex and abortion.

“In a nutshell, people who watch more TV tend to want less personal responsibility and more government action, particularly with regard to retirement and health care. They also tend to be less charitable or honest,” Mr. Knight said.

Tomorrow’s event includes a panel discussion featuring Mr. Knight; Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center; and S. Robert Lichter, president of the Center for Media and Public Affairs.

“We hope to discuss how findings like these might be used to help reform the ‘old media,’ and to spur more Americans into seeking out more balanced sources,” said Mr. Knight.

In his keynote address, Mr. Medved will speak about the current state of Hollywood, its effects on culture, and what “new media” outlets may mean for Hollywood.

Mr. Medved is a nationally syndicated conservative talk-radio host, columnist and film and media critic. He is the author of “Hollywood vs. America,” in which he chronicles the divide between the entertainment industry and traditional American values.

The CMI event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St. NW.

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