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Grapevine Whine - Bitching About Barbie

Reported by Nancy - December 27, 2005 -

Last Friday (12/23) Chris Wallace substituted for anchor Brit Hume on Special Report & did the usual "Grapevine" segment with the requisite snideness. The first 3 were interesting (the federal government has been "monitoring radiation levels" at 100s of "Muslims sites" according to US News & World Reprt; some senators have returned money they got from indicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, but not Rep JD Harworth [R-AZ]; & the White House has apologized to the Washington Times for complaining about its "breaking story" that Osama Bin Laden used a satellite phone) & actually deserved more coverage than a 30-second mini-blurb. But the final "picking" was entirely typical of the kind of fluff & nonsense that Fox uses as a weapon in their ongoing culture war.

At 6:27pm Wallace read a teaser:"It turns out electronic monitoring & communications aren't the only things the government has been checking on without a warrant." Following an ad break & headlines, Wallace then read the "pickings" on the Grapevine. Here's #4:

The conservative Young America's Foundation has come up with a list of the "12, Most Bizarre & Troubling Instances of Leftist Activism Supplanting Traditional Scholarship" at US colleges & universities." Occidental College, outside Los Angeles, made the list with a course titled — we're not kidding here — "The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie." A Princeton class on "Same Sex Eroticism in Renaissance Europe" topped the YAF list, followed closely by a John's Hopkins course on "Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll in Ancient Egypt."

Wallace seemed particularly bemused by "The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie."

Comments: As it turns out, Young America's Foundation links to the llst -- which it calls The Dirty Dozen: America's Most Bizarre and Politically Correct College Courses -- right on its home page. For those of you who can't be bothered clicking the link, here's a brief rundown (sorry, for most of the snide YAF comments, cick on the link):
1-Princeton: "The Cultural Production of Early Modern Women"
2-Occidental College: "The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie: Race & Popular Culture in the US"
3-John Hopkins: "Sex, Drugs, & Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ancient Egypt"
4-Swarthmore: "Lesbian Novels Since World War II"
5-Alfred University: "Nip, Tuck, Perm, Pierce, & Tattoo: Adventures with Embodied Culture" encourages students to think about the meaning behind “teeth whitening, tanning, shaving, & hair dyeing.”
6-Harvard: "Marxist Concepts of Racism"
7-Occidental College: "Stupidity," which compares the American presidency to Beavis & Butthead.
8-UCLA: "The Psychology of the Lesbian Experience"
9-Duke: "American Dreams/American Realities"
10-Amherst: "Taking Marx Seriously"
11-Brown: "Black Lavender: A Study of Black Gay & Lesbian Plays"
12-University of Michigan: "Topics in Literary Studies: Ancient Greek/Modern Gay Sexuality"

Wow, I guess the folks at YAF are really preoccupied with sex. As for Alread University -- well, they encourage students to think! How dare they?

Yeah, this "picking" deserved national air time on a political news program.

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: special@foxnews.com

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