Thursday, July 30, 2009

AlterNet Today And Fox Network's Altered State Of Mind!

AlterNet Today And Fox Network's Altered State Of Mind!

Funniest Thing Published by a News Magazine in the History of News Magazines
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet
Swallow your milk! Read more »

Holy Christ, this is a Newsweek "web exclusive" ...

Conservative Genius: No Need to Fight Global Warming, Cause an Asteroid Might Hit Earth
By Tana Ganeva, AlterNet
Jonah Goldberg has found a creative new argument against efforts to fight global warming. Read more »

Goldberg's suggestion is to stop investing in policies to curb global warming, and instead put all our energy into preventing the Earth's destruction by a meteor. He doesn't really get into why we need to focus on one but not the other. What he does do, though, is accuse scientists who want to fight global warming of ignoring reality to hew to an ideological agenda.

Join MoveOn's Fight to Stop "Birthers"
By Byard Duncan, AlterNet
Sign the petition condemning CNN's resident conspiracy theorist, Lou Dobbs.Read more »

Will Capitulation on Health Reform End SCHIP?
By BarbinMD, Daily Kos
How many Senators will support a bill that excludes a public option, employer mandates and ends SCHIP? Read more »

Obama Rejects Challenge to Bush-Era Detention Rules for Immigrants
By Staff, AlterNet
"This whole detention system that has been created is a human rights nightmare."Read more »

Rachel Maddow Mystified By Lou Dobbs' Odd Teabag Attack
By Steve Benen, Washington Monthly
Dobbs called Maddow a "teabagging queen". What does that mean? And has Dobbs completely lost it? Read more »

Another Right-Wing Conspiracy About Obama and Health Care
By Adele Stan, AlterNet
Yesterday, the president confronted the latest wing-nut theme. Read more »

Fox News Wipes Iraq Off the Map
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet
Literally! Read more »

Should We Ban Manipulative Marketing?
By DaveJ, Open Left
Marketers today are learning how to reach down into the wiring of the brain itself.Read more »

Fox Refuses to Air "Family Guy" Abortion Episode
By Amanda Terkel, Think Progress
The episode will likely be distributed on DVD. Read more »

The edgy comedy show “Family Guy” is known for its political incorrectness. It regularly features a sexual deviant character, put a McCain-Palin button on a character wearing an SS uniform, and has even taken shots at the Fox network. Only once has Fox refused to air one of the show’s episodes (“When You Wish Upon a Weinstein”). At Comic-Con this weekend, show creator Seth MacFarlane said that there will be soon be another; Fox isblocking an episode on abortion:

20th Century Fox, as always, allowed us to produce the episode and then said, ‘You know what? We’re scared to f–king death of this,’” MacFarlane said.

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Parent Group Files FCC Complaint Against 'Family Guy'

The Parents Television Council is filing an indecency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against Fox's "Family Guy" for a March 8 episode that included -- and this is from the press release -- "bestiality, orgies and babies eating sperm."

Since there's nothing hotter than PTC president Tim Winter talking about graphic TV content, let's get right to his quote:

"Fox treated viewers to everything from an ‘eleven-way’ gay orgy to baby Stewie eating a bowl of cereal with horse sperm instead of milk ... if that isn’t enough, the show’s leading character is also shown fanaticizing about his wife and moaning while a horse licks his bare behind. Clearly, the explicit content was not isolated to one instance in one segment of the show; it permeated the entire program."

I know. I can't believe I missed "Family Guy" last week either.

And presumably Winter meant "fantasizing" not "fanaticizing," the latter meaning "to cause to become fanatic."

The PTC is urging its purported 1.3 million members to file FCC complaints against "Family Guy" as well. The organization has a history of taking issue with the show's content and series creator Seth MacFarlane was asked about the PTC last year:

"Oh, yeah. That’s like getting hate mail from Hitler. They’re literally terrible human beings. I’ve read their newsletter, I’ve visited their website, and they’re just rotten to the core. For an organization that prides itself on Christian values — I mean, I’m an atheist, so what do I know? — they spend their entire day hating people. They can all suck my d**k as far as I’m concerned."

The organization has targeted other shows over the years with various degrees of success. The PTC has gone after notorious content offenders such as "Nip/Tuck" ... "Las Vegas" ... the Golden Globe Awards ... "That 70s Show" ... "Father of the Pride" ... "Big Brother" ... "Without a Trace" ... "Friends" ... the Billboard Music Awards ... "The Simpsons" ... "Dexter" ... the Live 8 concert ... "Today" ... "Survivor" ... "Two and a Half Men" ... Carl's Jr.'s "Spicy BBQ Six Dollar Burger" commercial ... and "Gilmore Girls." Clearly, only the worst of the worst.

PREVIOUS: PTC outraged by 'Nip/Tuck' self-mastectomy (and, yes, I know I wrote I wasn't going to take PTC's bait again, but ...)

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And lest we forget what "Family Guy" thinks of the FCC...

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