Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Hypocrisy and Hysteria

Jim Nantz, the lead sports voice at CBS, was a guest this morning with John and Patrick McEnroe on WFAN in the old Don Imus spot. Nantz often gets criticized for being "vanilla" and not very opinionated. Well this morning, in what can be described (for Nantz) as speaking out, Nantz talked about Revered AL Sharpton making a very clear shot at Mitt Romney's religion.

From The Associated Press, via The New York Times:

"As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that; that's a temporary situation," Sharpton said Monday during a debate with (Christopher) Hitchens (an athiest author) at the New York Public Library's Beaux-Arts headquarters.

Of course, the righteous rev denied that he was showing any bias against Romney's faith.

And he believes in the Easter Bunny.

Feel free to read on here (might need to register).

So now, can I get Sharpton fired? Will media outlets keep the reverend off their airwaves?

Oh that's right. They're afraid. Ain't hypocrisy grand?

Then there was this little nugget that I read this morning. Here's a snippet:

A giant black-and-white rodent — named "Farfour," or "butterfly," but unmistakably a Mickey ripoff — does his high-pitched preaching against the U.S. and Israel on a children's show run each Friday on Al-Aqsa TV, a station run by Hamas.

(AP Photo)

Yep, that looks a lot like Mickey Mouse - a latter-day version of "to Hell with Babe Ruth" that was shouted during World War II by the Japanese. Now Hamas is trying to recruit children to hate the US by using our most famous mouse. Apparently if you understand the language, or are just interested, the video exists on the internet - just Google it, I guess.

Now, I'm not naive. Propaganda has existed for centuries, and this kind of propaganda - via electronic media - has been around for as long as said media. Still when you're going after children, that seems to be just wrong.

Like I said yesterday, there's a lot of this out there. And we should be very afraid.

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