Friday, May 18, 2007

From Gary

Have They No Shame?
I got a call from one of the major networks yesterday asking if I would go on the evening news to comment on the impact Jerry Falwell’s death will have on the 2008 election. I turned the opportunity down because it seemed crass to me. The man’s family is in mourning and all some of our media elites want to do is discuss how his death will play out at the polls. And speaking of crass, over at ABC, news anchor Charlie Gibson refused to allow Falwell’s passing to be the lead story because, as he explained, that would “venerate the subject to an extent that I didn’t think belonged there. He was a controversial figure.”

But that is minor compared to the outright hatred that has been on display at leftwing web sites and media outlets. From the Democratic Underground to the Daily Kos, self-described leftists and so-called “progressives” have celebrated the news of Rev. Falwell’s death. In San Francisco, a group danced on a “mock-up” of his grave. Outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I think it’s a pity there isn’t a hell for him to go to.” Radical homosexual rights groups spewed their hatred at the news, with many blaming Rev. Falwell for the AIDS epidemic, rather than the unsafe practices still prevalent in their community. For folks who pride themselves on “tolerance,” they should be ashamed.

Jerry Falwell had more decency, forgiveness and tolerance than all these leftwing haters put together. If he were alive today, he would shake his head at their bile, but he would look for ways to reach out to them with the Good News of salvation. Many of Jerry’s political enemies, such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson – even pornographer Larry Flynt – issued statements testifying to Falwell’s good nature and the warm friendship they enjoyed with him. And, as someone honored to call Jerry Falwell a friend, I’m not surprised at all.

Not “Fair” At All
For years conservatives have been painfully aware of the liberal bias in “big media.” On the three big networks ABC, CBS and NBC, the bias permeates everything from news shows to the entertainment programming of sit-coms and dramas. On cable, CNN and MSNBC are not just anti-conservative, their coverage of international issues consistently undermines the interests of our nation. But in recent years the liberal “monopoly” has been broken. Conservative talk radio has been an incredible success, while Christian radio has grown and cable alternatives like FOX News have taken off, too. The left-wing agenda no longer has a free-ride – it has competition.

But don’t celebrate too soon because the “tolerant” Left appears to be ready to use its new power in Congress to launch an attack on conservative media. The American Spectator, a conservative magazine, quotes an aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, “Conservative radio is a huge threat and political advantage for [conservatives] and we have to find a way to limit it.” That “way” may be to revive the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” which would require equal time for the leftwing worldview on every conservative radio show. The article goes on to suggest that the staff of Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is investigating Salem Radio, the largest Christian radio network. And Rush Limbaugh apparently has a target on his back, too. The Spectator quotes sources saying, “We can’t shut him up, but we want to make life a bit more difficult.”

Ironic isn’t it? The Left always presents itself as the tolerant defender of rights. It defends the right of Islamofascist imams to spout anti-American invective; it rallies to the banner of the local atheist, who insists his rights are violated if he sees a Christmas tree; it hyperventilates if a prisoner at “Gitmo” doesn’t have his own ACLU lawyer and a government provided Koran. But when it comes to conservatives, the Left doesn’t hesitate to figure out how to use the power of big government to “make life more difficult.” With your help, American Values will fight with every resource we have to stop Pelosi and company from regulating conservative news alternatives.

Move On Folks – Nothing to Worry About
Last week the New York Times could not ignore the alleged plot by the “New Jersey Six” to attack Fort Dix and kill as many U.S. soldiers as they could. The story was right in the New York Times’ “neighborhood,” so it had to be front page news. Readers were told how the men hated the U.S., shouted “Allah Akbar” during their terrorist training sessions and wanted to defend Islam.

But now a week has gone by and the same Times is once again writing leftwing drivel. Its focus today was how the arrest had made things difficult for several local mosques, although just how it made things difficult was never explained. The reporter made this mouth-dropping assertion: “It is unclear what role, if any, religion played in the attack Mr. Shnewer (one of the accused) and the five other men are charged with planning.”

All six men are Muslim. They were prepared to die for Allah. They chanted the same rallying cry as the 9/11 hijackers. Yet the New York Times now feigns ignorance about the role their faith played in the murderous plot.

The New York Times historically has not been shy about pointing out the dangers inherent in what they perceive as religious fundamentalism. Editorially and in columns they have routinely attacked Christian conservatives, as well as conservative Jews. And I have no doubt that if six Christians were arrested for plotting to attack the U.S. military, while shouting “All power to Jesus,” the New York Times would have no problem condemning Christian conservatives everywhere for their “intolerance.” But when Muslim extremists are arrested the Times quickly loses its anti-fundamentalist fervor and warns us all to not jump to conclusions about the role radical Islam played in a plot by self-described Muslims to kill in the name of Allah. Maybe some folks at the Times have “their head in the sand” about Muslim extremism because they fear losing their heads if they report the obvious truth.

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