Paul  Weyrich

Some media, especially talk radio, is sympathetic to conservatives. However, much important news is unreported. For example, President George W. Bush during the month of July did many things which pleased social conservatives.

For example, the White House managed to get through both Houses of Congress the Broadcast Decency Act. The President held a ceremony at the White House when the bill was signed. It took courage to push this bill through. The broadcasters, large and small, were against it. The bill greatly increases the fines for obscenity, for frontal nudity and all sorts of things that offend a decency standard. This bill has far-reaching implications. It should have been a week-long topic on talk radio and its content should have been explained on newscasts. For the most part that didn't happen.

Then President Bush welcomed the so-called Snowflake children (children born from embryos) as well as adult stem-cell patients to the East Room of the White House. Again, where was talk radio? I heard this mentioned only once on a network newscast.

President Bush issued a very strong statement supporting the effort of Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) to prevent the tearing down of the cross on Mount Soledad, near San Diego. Again, perfect fodder for talk radio but instead we are hearing non-stop commentary about war in the Middle East and about the United Nations. Such topics, which deserve much attention, are simply passed.

Then one issue discussed was the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment. The House considered the Amendment. Pundits of all stripes said it was a waste of time to debate the measure because it already had been defeated in the Senate. Moreover, one after the other, States are upholding the constitutionality of their amendments which forbid same-sex marriage.

President Bush also held a meeting and an Oval Office signing for the protection of the flag in housing communities. Then as the issue came to the floor of the House, the Administration came down on the right and strongly supported the Flag Protection Amendment.

One issue which did receive a small amount of coverage was the Administration's strong stance in favor of the Adam Walsh Child Exploitation Bill. After the bill passed, President Bush held a Rose Garden ceremony for signing of the bill. While this bill had widespread bipartisan support, nevertheless, it should be a topic for talk radio and television because parents need to know what is in the law. It is named after six-year old Adam Walsh, whose father found him dead in the gutter, murdered by a sex offender. The elder Walsh had worked for years to get this bill passed.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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