Monday, November 22, 2004

NYT article on the Republican Snow Job on the Religious Right

An excellent article from Frank Rich of the New York Times recommended on The Anti-Manicheist is linked here.

Whether you consider yourself Red, Blue, Purple, Shartruse or Lavender, you will find it thought provoking. If you are a member of the Christian Right and a little worried about whether or not the Republicans will keep their promises, be warned. You will not like what you see.

If, like me, you are consumed with an appetite for irony, you will find yourself pleased.

My favorite couple of things from the article (as teasers)...

Rich's pointed take on the moral superiority of Fox News parent corporation, which gives millions to the Republicans and champions "family values" on its news shows.

"If anyone is laughing all the way to the bank this election year, it must be the undisputed king of the red cultural elite, Rupert Murdoch. Fox News is a rising profit center within his News Corporation, and each red-state dollar that it makes can be plowed back into the rest of Fox's very blue entertainment portfolio. The Murdoch cultural stable includes recent books like Jenna Jameson's "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star" and the Vivid Girls' "How to Have a XXX Sex Life," which have both been synergistically, even joyously, promoted on Fox News by willing hosts like Rita Cosby and, needless to say, Mr. O'Reilly. There are "real fun parts and exciting parts," said Ms. Cosby to Ms. Jameson on Fox News's "Big Story Weekend," an encounter broadcast on Saturday at 9 p.m., assuring its maximum exposure to unsupervised kids."

and the reality most Evangelicals do not want to face...

"Mr. Wittman echoes Thomas Frank, the author of "What's the Matter With Kansas?," by common consent the year's most prescient political book. "Values," Mr. Frank writes, "always take a backseat to the needs of money once the elections are won." Under this perennial "trick," as he calls it, Republican politicians promise to stop abortion and force the culture industry "to clean up its act" - until the votes are counted. Then they return to their higher priorities, like cutting capital gains and estate taxes. Mr. Murdoch and his fellow cultural barons - from Sumner Redstone, the Bush-endorsing C.E.O. of Viacom, to Richard Parsons, the Republican C.E.O. of Time Warner, to Jeffrey Immelt, the Bush-contributing C.E.O. of G.E. (NBC Universal) - are about to be rewarded not just with more tax breaks but also with deregulatory goodies increasing their power to market salacious entertainment. It's they, not Susan Sarandon and Bruce Springsteen, who actually set the cultural agenda Gary Bauer and company say they despise."

Reality is a harsh pill to swallow.


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