Thursday, July 01, 2004

Where's the Fair and Balanced in the Culture Wars? Just a few years ago when Reagan was still alive and sort of thinking, when Pat Robertson was a viable presidential candidate, when Chimpy was trying to get off the sauce, there were several members of the nut wing who called for culture wars. Well, guess what? They won in the realm of ideas when you become an extremist because you question the policy makers. And we all know what happens then... Case in point. The political right and nut wing have been so quick to demonstrate the possible inaccuracies and meanspiritedness in Michael Moore's F9-11. Notably the triumph of the harumpf that is the talk radio punditry of Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and the lesser nut wing talkies. And some conservatives struck hard enough against the claimed bias and meanspiritedness in the Reagan TV movie (who thought that James Brolin could act?) that it was pulled by CBS ("reallocated" was the term that was used) and then broadcast on cable (what's a production company to do to recoup costs?). However, where was the political right (in all its shades and mixtures) in pointing out possible inaccuracies and meanspiritedness in the religiously and conservatively correct "The Passion of the Christ." I have seen relevant analyses by biblical scholars regarding how biased the Mel Gibson film was, but where is the critical analysis that has been deployed against Moore? While I understand the political motivation and agenda behind such hypocrisy (all sides engage in such behavior except, of course, us here at the Rising Hegemon -- laughing yet?), it does need to be pointed out that you can lambaste liberals and progressive but do not touch conservative mantras. What is this some kind of orchestrated conservative correctness (remember the bull shit term political correctness that was used to smear liberals and progressives? -- it is time for us to do the same thing). Yes, it is.
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