Brent Bozell

It's going to be strange saying this, but I'm going to say it nonetheless: Liberals of the world, unite!

 I was preparing for a recent interview on a national newscast the other night when the reporter asked me off-air if it was correct to label the Parents Television Council, which I founded and head, a "conservative" group. Next, he asked: With which religious movement was the PTC affiliated? When I answered No and None, he seemed genuinely perplexed.

 It is a cause for mounting frustration that on a regular basis the PTC is labeled, primarily by the national press, a "conservative" organization. Frustrating, but understandable. My personal ideological perspective on things political is no secret, and it is to be expected that the connection would be made. More to the point, however, is the conventional wisdom of those covering these things. A national venture dedicated to restoring a sense of decency to an entertainment industry that seems hell-bent on polluting the popular culture with sleaze must be "conservative," right?

 Liberals of the world, unite!

 If only conservatives care about the programming sewage flooding the airwaves, then are we to believe self-identified liberals ? support it? Is Senator Joe Liebermann not to be considered a liberal because of his outspokenness on this issue? Dr. C. DeLores Tucker, a longtime member of the Democratic National Committee and leader in the black civil rights movement, has been more active than anyone fighting the dreadful gangsta-rap "music" genre that is ruining an entire generation of young black males. Does this make her a conservative? And just how will we label Sen. Hillary Clinton when she -- mark my words, conservatives -- adopts the cause of cultural decency as a cornerstone of her upcoming presidential campaign? A right-wing nut? (That would prove the existence of a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, come to think of it.)

 Liberals of the world, unite!


Brent Bozell

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