Brent Bozell
Network morning "news" shows are aimed directly at women aged 25 to 54. ABC's "Good Morning America" is routinely winning the ratings race by skipping the boring "hard news" and focusing heavily on real-life soap operas, such as the Jodi Arias murder trial or the Ariel Castro kidnapping outrage. It isn't news at all. It's infotainment.

But what really caused jaws to drop recently was ABC promoting its latest sex-drenched Sunday night soap opera to those women. Viewers saw a naked man and woman in bed, with a side breast shot and the man's hand grasping the top of the woman's thigh -- on TV at breakfast time. As usual, this eye-grabbing sex scene wasn't between spouses. That's never scandalous enough.

The new show is called "Betrayal," and it's all about a neglected wife who commits adultery. The plot twist is her new lover turns out to be a defense lawyer who's opposing her prosecutor husband in a big murder trial. "Desperate Housewives" is gone, but Sunday night's still a favorite dumping ground for sleazy TV.

Rebeca Seitz is a blogger and promoter of family-friendly entertainment. She could not believe what she saw on ABC with her young children on the morning of Aug. 8, just before 8:30.

In a blog post that quickly went viral, Seitz protested, "This wasn't primetime. This was a commercial about a primetime show airing while we all enjoy cornflakes and coffee and wish our kiddos a good morning. My kid saw that. Not because I took him to a movie wholly inappropriate for his age. Not because I quit parenting and just told him to turn on the TV at 10 p.m. and watch whatever."

She argued that ABC's bosses felt "Betrayal" wouldn't be a success due to good writing, acting, lighting or camera work. "Someone decided that what was needed to get people to actually watch 'Betrayal' was taking off the actors' clothes and having them simulate sex -- at least the Hollywood version of it."

Then it's somehow the parent's job to screen ABC commercials that display nudity with no warning.

Seitz posted a picture to Facebook, which spread the shock and outrage. Then Facebook notified her the picture had been "reported as inappropriate due to nudity" and then removed the porny screen shot.

So Wild West Facebook has higher moral standards than "Good Morning America"!


Brent Bozell

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