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Thursday, December 02, 2004

THE GREAT INDECENCY HOAX
While I was away, the New York Times' Frank Rich continued to pound away at the blatant hypocrisy inherent in the Far Right's attempt to seize on the 'moral values' wave to push their ultra-conservative agenda forward:

To see how the hucksters of the right work their scam, there could be no more illustrative example than the "Monday Night Football" episode in which Ms. Sheridan leaped into the arms of the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens in order to give the declining weekly game (viewership is down 3 percent from 2003) a shot of Viagra. From the get-go, it was a manufactured scandal, as over-the-top as a dinner theater production of "The Crucible."

Rush Limbaugh, taking a break from the legal deliberations of his drug rap and third divorce, set the hysterical tone. "I was stunned!" he told his listeners. "I literally could not believe what I had seen. ... At various places on the Net you can see the video of this, and she's buck naked, folks. I mean when they dropped the towel she's naked. You see enough of her back and rear end to know that she was naked. There's no frontal nudity in the thing, but I mean you don't need that. ...I mean, there are some guys with their kids that sit down to watch 'Monday Night Football.' "

Yes, there are - some, anyway - but you wonder how many of them were as upset as Mr. Limbaugh, whose imagination led him to mistake a lower back for a rear end. (He also said that the Sheridan-Owens encounter reminded him of the Kobe Bryant case; let's not even go there.) The evidence suggests that Mr. Limbaugh's prurient mind is the exception, not the rule. Though seen nationwide, and as early as 6 p.m. on the West Coast, the spot initially caused so little stir that the next morning only two newspapers in the country, both in Philadelphia, reported on it.


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While I plan to press on this issue myself, Frank Rich seems to be taking the moral hypocrisy flag and running with it... it's almost as if there were a book in the offing. Anyway, you can check back here for plenty more coverage of the Right's moral hijinks in the Days to come or you can wait for Rich's book. Your choice.



Just be sure you don't drop the towel, ok?

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