Brent Bozell
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The PTC's own articles on the "Worst of the Week" TV programs tell the tale. On Feb. 21, the ultra-violent CBS show "Criminal Minds" tracked a serial killer who likes to mutilate the genitals of his murder victims. But the show had a "progressive" twist: it turns out the killer was a sympathetic, a gay man named Paul whose father tried "conversion therapy" on him, including paying a prostitute to molest him.

The gay man eventually seeks revenge against his father, trying to pressure his companion to rape his father at gunpoint. You see, his companion had also been traumatized by the conversion therapy program at "Camp Willing." Paul sought revenge: "They all thought that they could rape us straight. I think it's time we see if it works the other way around." Stripped down to his underwear, the father grabs the gun and it accidentally fires, killing the companion. Paul shoots his father as the show's FBI heroes arrive on the scene.

Or take this show within the PTC's study period: Fox's premiere of the new Kevin Bacon crime show, "The Following," on Jan. 24. Bacon's character is chasing a serial killer with a cult of followers. In one scene, Bacon confronts the serial killer at the crime scene of his latest grotesque amputation and murder. The killer announces, "You know, the human eye is connected by seven muscles. I removed each one individually. Do you know how hard that is to do?" The killer releases a rope, dropping a woman's lifeless body in front of Bacon's character. He looks into her bloody, empty eye sockets as the killer announces, "She lasted much longer than I thought she would."

That wasn't the only eye gouging in the Fox premiere. A woman in the killer's cult brandished a long icepick and uttered, "Lord, help my poor soul" and then crammed the icepick into her eye socket. She twitched and died in front of onlookers.

Networks executives like Nina Tassler at CBS will admit they don't allow their own children to watch shows like "Criminal Minds." But they can't be honest enough to send the rest of America's parents that message in their own pathetic ratings systems. To them, graphic violence is not their responsibility, and it requires only a useless Band-Aid solution.

It takes a fool to accept a "solution" like this -- which explains why they briefed Joe Biden.

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Brent Bozell

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