Brent Bozell

Or focus on the present. Right now, the Anti-Defamation League and other activists are trying to poison the Hollywood well for Mel Gibson's film "The Passion." Have the same Hollywood and media people complaining about "censorship" and "pressure groups" turned around and applied that "artistic freedom" argument to the people maligning Gibson?

But now that Moonves has sought to prevent a potential public-relations disaster, the media are launching into hyper-mode angst. On CNBC, Tom Brokaw's heir apparent Brian Williams suggested the conservative effort "amounts to extortion." In an editorial, the New York Times outrageously claimed that it was odd for Reaganites to "have helped create the Soviet-style chill embedded in the idea that we, as a nation, will not allow critical portrayals of one of our own recent leaders."

What bunk. Conservatives have endured decades of critical portrayals of Reagan and will no doubt continue to endure them. But we don't plan to sit around and do nothing when he's maligned.

The "censorship" that the New York Times does not discuss is the Hollywood left's self-censorship in the "meticulously researched" hit pieces they choose not to make about their own heroes. We haven't seen the CBS miniseries "The Clintons," where Hillary throws a lamp at Bill in between sexual clinches with Monica Lewinsky. We haven't seen the CBS movie making fun of the Carter family, where those controlling Carter women -- Rosalynn, Miss Lillian, and, of course, nuclear proliferation expert Amy -- manipulate poor, hen-pecked Jimmy around the White House. We haven't seen the CBS special on Chappaquiddick, with Sen. Ted Kennedy leaving the scene of an accident as Mary Jo Kopechne drowns.

Liberals like Newsweek's Jonathan Alter are now wildly exaggerating like Al Gore about Democrat-harming TV movies, imagining "the 5,834th docudrama about the sins of the Kennedys." But liberals rarely identify a single Kennedy flick.

Streisand cited the 1983 miniseries "Kennedy." But she did not mention the lead actors were Martin Sheen (ultraliberal) as JFK and Blair Brown (ultraliberal) as Jackie. says the film shows Kennedy flaws and vanity, but unsurprisingly, who gets the vicious portrayal? J. Edgar Hoover, portrayed as "stiff, quirky and strange, prurient and moralistic at the same time, and boiling with hatred."

Reagan-loving Americans across the fruited plain ought to rejoice in this singular victory of protest against the demonization of a national treasure, without a single worry in their heads that the First Amendment is in the slightest bit of danger. The truth won.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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