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Culture and Media Institute’s “Grinch Awards” Who cares? Grapevine Does!

Reported by Priscilla - December 21, 2008 -

If there is any doubt as to the political leanings of Fox News, one has only to watch the “Grapevine” segment on Fox News “Special Report” to see evidence of a political agenda pitched to a specific group. This unbalanced reporting encompasses certain basic themes, chief among them being the culture war (persecuted or triumphant Christians/morally deficient liberals particularly gays), science (global warming is a hoax), and politics (perceived or real malfeasance on the part of Democrats while ignoring that of Republicans). “Grapevine” provides affirmation and validation for their core demographic. Because of this tilt, certain right wing organizations are given “pride of place” in “Grapevine” segments – one of them being, “The Culture and Media Institute” which is a project of the Media Research Center whose leader is Fox fave, Brent Bozell. So it was no surprise that Friday night’s (December 19th) “Grapevine” treated us to a little goody from those whose mission is “to preserve and help restore America's culture, character, traditional values, and morals against the assault of the liberal media elite, and to promote fair portrayal of social conservatives and religious believers in the media.” Like Bill O’Reilly, they’re “looking out for us!”

This “Institute” (more like “institution” for those who have some serious “issues”), as does O’Reilly, has divided Americans into two groups – orthodox and secular. You can guess which one is bad. They actually attacked “Dear Abby” because the column doesn’t support what they define as “traditional values.” So their “Grinch Awards” come as no surprise. Number one was the Mexican edition of Playboy, which featured a porn start posed as the Virgin Mary on the cover of the December edition. Not mentioned is that Playboy has issued an apology. Another award went to the American Humanist Association which placed ads, on Washington buses, that said “Why believe in a God, just be good for goodness sake.” (Comment: leave it to Bozell’s bozos to place God over values like “empathy, fairness, and experience." Does the institute really think that the faith of public transport riders will be shaken by these ads that, if a bus is crowded with people standing, you can’t even see?)

But the award that “Grapevine” highlighted was given to Washington’s Governor, Christine Gregoire, who “allowed an atheist group, Freedom From Religion, to place a sign which read "There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.... religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."

Comment: The propaganda and affirmation is so obvious. Fox is telling us that our values are under assault and thus reinforcing all the culture crap pimped on Fox by unrepentant sexual harassers (whoops “traditionalists”) and other members of the culture club. Not for nothing were the words of the atheist sign repeated. As I frequently note, “Grapevine” condenses its message into sound bites which precludes any reality based analysis. The truth is that Gregoire's “allowing” was based on the outcome of a court case which (irony here) was filed by another Fox fave law group (The Alliance Defense Fund) on behalf of a man who wanted permission to put up a Nativity scene in the state capitol. But once again, who cares about facts when you’re fighting a “culture war" and need to reinforce the propaganda on which the war is waged?! (Kinda reminds you of another, recent, real war!) And on another note, I wonder if the “Grapevine” will feature People for the American Way’s upcoming Equine Posterior Achievement Award. I know they didn’t cover the 2008 “most memorable quotes” in the Yale Book of Quotations – for obvious reasons!!!!