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The Return of Titillation

Reported by Ellen - February 8, 2005

Let me start off by saying that I have no problem with discussions or programs about sex. But`when four segments on the topic show up in two or three weeks out of nowhere on FOX News Live with Alan Colmes and Neil Cavuto features ladies in their underwear during his business show, I start to see a pattern developing.

The four topics on Colmes' show were as follows: 1) A lawsuit over the right of women to go topless - if men can, why can't women? 2) A stripper faced with losing her livelihood due to some new proposed local regulation (sorry, I forgot the details by now). 3) A woman who wrote a book about straight women having affairs with other women. 4) Last night's discussion about a public access cable TV program that shows people having sex. Notice that all of these topics as well as the bra-clad ladies on Cavuto have a rather prurient aspect to them.

Prurience is nothing new on FOX (Bill O'Reilly notwithstanding). I just realized that yesterday was my one-year anniversary of monitoring the "fair and balanced" network. What are my biggest memories from last year's news? Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction and gay marriage. I must have seen the clip of Jackson (boob obscured) and a particular clip of two women kissing (shown in Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism) about a hundred times.

None of that would matter much to me - hey, whatever turns you on - were it not for the fact that FOX is always on its moral high horse about something or another. It's interesting to note that the sex topics disappeared around Christmas when the subject was almost non-stop God and how "the secularists" were trying to take God, religion and Christianity away from everyone else.

On January 4, 2005, Bill O'Reilly declared "We took on the Christmas controversy and won big." What, exactly, he won was never made clear. Whatever it was, now that FOX thinks God has been rescued they seem to have tucked Him away with the Christmas decorations - unless there's another tragedy like the tsunami, in which case He'll be trotted out again to remind everyone that liberals have ignited His wrath. Meanwhile, it's time for the audience to get back to the everyday business of temptation.

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