Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Media Fails Kids

A great article from The Catholic World Report:
"The Elephant in The Room: Ten ways the media has failed to protect kids."
A snip:
1. Media companies send sex images to your kids for money. All of the networks air shows that dwell on violent, sexual, and pornographic themes during prime time, when kids are watching. Ask kids their favorite television shows over the last decade and you will hear CSI, Law & Order, and other shows that contain sexual themes. Know any Hannah Montana fans? The media has delivered actress Miley Cyrus topless (in Vanity Fair) and pole-dancing on an ice cream truck (at the Teen Choice Awards). She’s 17. Other media companies get rich off of pornography, plain and simple.
This made me think of the following quote from Archbishop Fulton Sheen:
“Baloney is the unvarnished lie laid on so thick you hate it. Blarney is flattery laid on so thin you love it.”

Then there is this snip from the article:
8. The media celebrates child abusers. Far from rooting out non-clergy child abusers, the media often sees fit to lionize them. Movies celebrate Alfred Kinsey, who suggested that “cultural conditioning” is the only reason we oppose sex with children, and Larry Flynt, who made a fortune creating simulated child pornography and making light of his bat-wielding comic character “Chester the Molester.”

Rock star Pete Townsend, a registered sex offender who was caught paying for child pornography in 2003, headlined the Super Bowl this year. Roman Polanski, who raped a 13-year-old, won an Oscar in 2003 and still enjoys the support of many Hollywood leaders.
"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." - Matt 7:5

Tip O' the hat to Carl.

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