Accuracy in Media

Some opponents of the entertainment industry believe they have scored a victory with the announcement by CBS President Leslie Moonves that the network is considering changes in a movie smearing former President Reagan. One of several controversial aspects is a depiction of Reagan as someone who believed that people with AIDS get what they deserve because “they that live in sin shall die in sin.”

Friends and associates of Reagan say that he would never make such a statement. The statement is harsh and doesn’t take into account the innocent victims of AIDS. But the fact is that many homosexual men who engage in promiscuous sex or drug abuse suffer from the disease and die from such behavior. This is a controversial view only to those in the militant homosexual rights movement who don’t want to believe the truth about the health consequences of their own lifestyle.

The interesting fact, as noted by Cal Thomas, is that the CBS Reagan miniseries, to air on November 16 and 18, is produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, two homosexual activists who will be honored with an award in Hollywood next March at a dinner sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual liberal lobby. The group says Meron and Zadan “are being honored for their sensitive and positive portrayal” of homosexual characters in numerous television projects, including the new ABC television series, “It’s All Relative.”

“It’s All Relative” is about parents whose son gets engaged to a woman who’s been brought up by two gay men. She “has not one but TWO dads,” says ABC.

It is a sign of the times that a major controversy has developed over putting words into Reagan’s mouth that make him out to be unsympathetic to homosexuals. In this case, of course, it is unfair to attribute such a statement to Reagan because he never uttered it. But no controversy has developed over the core issue — homosexual activists making propaganda films and programs.

As noted by television writer Donna Petrozzello of Knight Ridder, “The fall lineup has several openly gay or bisexual characters, some of them moms and dads.” In addition to ABC’s “It’s All Relative,” she noted that Fox’s “A Minute With Stan Hooper” features “a gay couple in a long-term relationship,” that one of the characters on NBC’s “Coupling” is “a bisexual Asian-American woman,” and that CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” stars Charlie Sheen “as a man whose estranged sister-in-law is gay.”

If you’re sick and tired of television, as I am, you may pick up a video or DVD or go to the theater. Unfortunately, leftist themes are featured in some of these new releases.

Consider “The Life of David Gale,” a Universal Pictures film now available in video stores. Advertised as a murder mystery, it is in reality a heavy-handed diatribe against the death penalty. A death penalty opponent is convicted and executed for a murder he didn’t commit. The villain is a conservative governor of Texas obviously modeled after George W. Bush.

The film “Runaway Jury,” now in theaters, is another political hatchet job. The villain is the gun industry. This Fox Studios film is about anti-gun activists who figure out a way to extort money from lawyers for gun manufacturers in order to compensate innocent victims of gun violence.

The public is given no hint of the political propaganda in advance. For example, the web site of “The Life of David Gale” simply highlights the fact that the stars of the film are Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award nominees Kate Winslet and Laura Linney. The good acting is the bait to lure the unsuspecting into paying to be lectured to by the Hollywood elite.

Similarly, the web site for “Runaway Jury” highlights actors Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman, both of them winners of two Academy Awards.

The web site says, “From master storyteller John Grisham?comes Runaway Jury, a suspense-thriller about a high-priced and ruthless jury ‘consultant’?who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict in an explosive trial. With lives and millions of dollars at stake, the fixer wages a deadly battle with a jury member, a mysterious woman, and an honest lawyer. The film marks the first pairing of screen legends Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman.”

Perhaps the best antidote is to target and boycott actors who lend their names to Hollywood’s political propaganda or pass themselves off as politicians or statesmen. A good list, focusing on the celebrities who have undermined America’s war on terrorism, is available at PABAAH stands for Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood.

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