On June 18, Catholic broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network suffered a serious religious freedom setback when "A federal judge in Alabama ... dismissed a Catholic broadcaster's legal claim that requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage is unconstitutional." The Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, felt that story was important enough to merit coverage at its national site — and in fact, two weeks later, the story is still present there (also saved here for future reference and fair use and discussion purposes).
After that June ruling, EWTN promised that it would appeal. A July 1 compliance deadline and daily fines which would have almost certainly put the network out of business loomed. Yesterday, in the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, EWTN scored what Life News's Steven Ertelt called "a resounding victory," when it "was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals," thus enabling it to "freely practice what it preaches while it pursues its claims in court." A search on "EWTN" at the AP's national site indicates that it has no story there on this development. The wire service does have a Monday afternoon local/regional story on the news:
In an MSNBC interview today, Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio's longtime Supreme Court watcher, attempted to portray the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision as possibly wide-ranging, and even advised viewers that Anthony Kennedy's presence on the court may be the only thing preventing it from bringing in an era of sex and "foreign origin" discrimination by "hundreds and hundreds and thousands and thousands of companies."
Video follows the jump (HT Hot Air). Be sure to hang in there until the end, where Totenberg stammers as she appears to be grasping for more fuel to throw onto the fire, and ends up ridiculously claiming that a person's "foreign origin" may become a basis upon which employers can discriminate (bolds are mine throughout this post):
On Monday's This Hour, CNN's John Berman underlined that the Supreme Court's ruling against the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate was "another setback to the administration, in what has been a difficult year for this White House." Berman later asserted that "this has to be very frustrating for them. They feel blocked politically, legally, foreign policy-wise. Pretty much, everywhere they look now, they're getting blocked."
Co-anchor Michaela Pereira also played up how all three female justices dissented in the Hobby Lobby case and forwarded the left's spin about the Court's ruling: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]
USA Today reporter Richard Wolf's afternoon coverage of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision this afternoon appeared to be completely ignorant of the dire financial consequences which would have been visited on the company had it lost today.
He also allowed unscientific and objectively wrong arguments about conception to be advanced by those who wanted to see Hobby Lobby defeated. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):
There’s a new card game making the rounds that’s designed to offend. What does it say about our culture that this marketing strategy actually works?
“Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people,” reads the game’s website. “Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.”
Tired of the media misrepresenting conservative Christians? Supporters of traditional marriage? We are too.
The Media Research Center covered the recent March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. and asked attendees to explain – in their own words – why they define marriage as between one man and one woman. Continues after video.
Liberal media sources accused attendees at the National Organization for Marriage’s second annual “March for Marriage” of being “anti-gay.” In truth, the only anti-anything to be seen was among the counter-protestors. And while it may have had the novel look of a burlesque nightmare, in the end, it was just good old-fashioned anti-Catholicism.
Protests are usually designed as attention-grabbers, publicity-seeking events. But liberal reporters cannot be dragged to a conservative protest. Thursday’s “March for Marriage” was blown off by The Washington Post and The New York Times. Attendance too small? The Post has written 10,000 words glorifying three anti-nuke protesters. The Times thinks four illegal aliens hiking is a hot protest story.
Only pro-gay news is news. Friday’s Times led the National section with “Presbyterians Allow Same-Sex Marriages,” complete with happy color photo. Friday’s Post wrote a story previewing the Obama administration’s move to include same-sex couples in family-leave policies (updated version online).
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, co-host of Good Morning America and moderator of This Week, sat down with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for an interview that aired on Sunday, June 22.
The interview, which was more of a glowing profile of Ms. Sotomayor, touched on a variety of subjects ranging from her recent encounter with Hillary Clinton to whether or not the justice still experienced sexism on the bench. Stephanopoulos wondered “You also write in your book about some of the sexism you faced even as a prosecutor. Any as a Supreme Court justice or does it go away?”[See video below.]
It’s an uncommon chant to hear in downtown D.C.: “One woman, one man! One woman, one man!”
The National Organization for Marriage hosted the second annual “March for Marriage” in front of the Capitol on June 19. The event, a self-described “vehicle for voicing the values of pro-marriage Americans in a way that cuts through the biased media narrative and demands hearing in the halls of power,” brought together thousands of traditional marriage supporters. Photos Below.
MSNBC is known for its promotion of abortion and “abortion rights” and on Monday, June 16 its afternoon program The Cycle showed just how over-the-top its activism is.
“The Cyclists” played host to Jill Filipovic, Senior Political Writer at Cosmopolitan.com, to promote an article she wrote about new abortion laws being pushed in Ohio. During the interview, the Cosmopolitan editor proclaimed that “I mean all of these kind of real horror stories because as you said we've become essentially a country of have and have-nots when it comes to abortion.” [See video below.]
Was St. Joan of Arc a medieval French heroine who followed God’s instructions and united her country against the marauding English? Or was she a dude Jay Michaelson sat next to in his Queer Theory survey class?
Michaelson, writing for The Daily Beast, recently bashed the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention for declaring, to his ears, that, “Trans People Don’t Exist.” He vented that “the Southern Baptist Convention has gone ahead and decided gender is only about your junk” – and countered the decision by claiming St. Joan of Arc as a transgender.
Now that our cultural elites feel they have sufficiently educated the public on the virtues of gays and lesbians, it’s time to drill down to the next level. Here comes transgenderism. Time magazine placed “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox (born as Charles Cox) on the cover as the face of “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier.”
Cox wrote on Facebook that the Time cover was a wonderful present on his birthday and "I realize this is way bigger than me and about a tipping point in our nation's history where it is no longer acceptable for trans lives to be stigmatized, ridiculed, criminalized and disregarded.’
Hey, in these days of same-sex marriage, why not? That, at least, seems to be NBC’s thinking.
NBC.com published a video report entitled “True Believers: One Big, Happy (Poly) Family” June 11 where one reporter followed a “polyamorous family on living with multiple partners, without sacrificing the comforts of home.” The group of five adults and one 9-year-old girl insisted on normalcy (“we’re not doing anything freaky”) as the network spent over two days with them.
On the June 10 edition of Ronan Farrow Daily, the program’s host moderated a fascinating discussion with two guests about the growing diversity of video games over time and how–increasingly–video games are moving more into niche interests.
But viewers got a little more than they may have bargained for when Mr. Farrow felt the need to share with his audience that he had “just played ‘Gone Home,’ which is a coming of age lesbian love story.” [MP3 audio here; video below]
Having opened his hour of Hardball Monday night with a segment devoted to bashing an attack ad against Hillary Clinton, MSNBC host Chris Matthews devoted significant attention later in the program to blasting prospective 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz as the leader of the "hate wing" of the GOP.
Matthews took aim at the freshman senator with a guilt-by-association charge, citing new language in the Texas GOP's platform regarding controversial reparative therapy for gays and lesbians who wish to be straight. [video update follows page break]
On Friday's CNN Newsroom, Kyra Phillips boosted the latest musing of feminist blogger Amanda Marcotte, who deplored Pope Francis's recent advice to married couples to have children instead of going childless and owning pets instead. Phillips let the leftist writer assert that "the very notion that I'm anti-Catholic is completely ridiculous," but omitted the 2007 scandal where Marcotte had to leave John Edwards's campaign for a vulgar anti-Catholic screed.
The anchor also made it clear that she sympathized with her guest's pro-contraception, pro-population control column for The Daily Beast on Friday: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]
Perhaps one day Hollywood will lose interest in people losing their virginity. But until then, it will continue to produce formulaic peons to the only aspect of adulthood Tinsel Town ever gets enthusiastic about.
Actresses Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen star in the upcoming movie “Very Good Girls” as best friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before heading off to college. Directed by Naomi Foner, the film boasts a cast including Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Peter Sarsgaard and Clark Gregg. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and hits theaters July 25. Continued after the video.
Expectant moms: Be careful shopping in the baby department, ladies – you might just dictate your bundle of joy’s gender with your next purchase, or so says TIME Magazine.
TIME Magazine’s Eliana Dockterman recently examined “The Problem with Wanting to Know Your Baby’s Sex before Birth.” In her article, Dockterman argued that buying pink or blue clothes could “pressure” children “into specific gender roles.” The article pointed to a study that claimed that women who wait to find out a baby’s sex are “more egalitarian, conscientious.” And probably more likely to care what Eliana Dockterman thinks of their choices.
“When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.” – G.K. Chesterton
Katy Perry not only knows how to sing about fireworks, but also how to create them – with crystals.
Comedian Chelsea Handler interviewed pop icon Katy Perry for Cosmopolitan’s July issue. When their conversation turned to frequency of sex, Perry revealed, “I carry a lot of rose quartz” to attract men. The 29-year-old Perry appeared on Cosmo’s cover in addition to the article.
On Sunday's CNN Newsroom, Susan Candiotti slanted toward the liberal opponents of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati's updated morality clause for its schoolteachers. Candiotti played up how the "new contract now has a litany of thou-shall-nots, including no sex outside marriage; no in-vitro fertilization; no remarriage without an annulment; no homosexual 'lifestyle;' and no public support of any of those."
The correspondent sympathized with the plight of one teacher who is "walking away from her dream job after 14 years," due to the archdiocese's "morality clause on steroids," which reemphasizes the Catholic Church's teachings on sex: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]
Elliot Rodger's spree shooting this weekend has given MSNBC an opening to flog two of its favorite pet causes – restricting gun rights and waging combat against the so-called war on women. Weekend anchors Alex Witt and Melissa Harris-Perry, to their credit, downplayed those two issues while discussing the tragedy on their respective Sunday shows.
But it was former DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney who did not hold back on Sunday’s edition of her show Disrupt. She and her guests immediately tied the incident to the politics of gun control before later playing up the anti-woman angle. [Video below. MP3 audio here.]
Editor’s note: This article contains graphic language and video that might offend some readers.
Huffington Post Live Host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin asked HBO’s “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani on May 20 about any graphic comedy in his new show. Nanijani relayed a recent episode that was so graphic he had to warn his mother beforehand. As Nanijani told the story, even his mother got upset at him, saying he didn’t warn her enough for the image in the show. So what was so obscene, even for HBO?
In the May 4 episode, “Signaling Risk,” a start-up company’s owners hire a Mexican graffiti artist, Chuy, to make a logo for their company. Chuy then mistakes their Pakistani IT guy, Dinesh, for Latino, and decides to paint a mural with Dinesh dressed as an Aztec warrior having sex with the Statue of Liberty from behind.
A darling of the lefty entertainment establishment has taken a prosthetic nose dive into hot water. At Macklemore’s May 16 Seattle performance at the opening of “Spectacle: The Music Video,” the rapper lionized for his pro-gay stance appeared on stage in a stereotypical Jewish costume, singing his hit, “Thrift Shop.”
Bad move for a guy celebrated for injecting “tolerance and acceptance and equal rights” into hip hop.
Graphic pornography website banners might be a thing of the past. A site called Pornhub, which has been called a “YouTube for porn,” is trying to make access to pornography easier, through their ads.
Back in March, Pornhub appealed to the public to make mainstream or Safe for Work (“SFW”) ads in its first ever national ad campaign. The winner would receive a one-year contract as the site’s creative director. The finalists were announced May 20 and tech blog Pando, Business Insider and The Daily Dot reported on the news.
Did you catch the story about those conservative Republican male chauvinist pig politicians in Florida who think that it was a waste of time to pass a bill which would make it a crime for a guy to secretly administer an abortion-inducing drug to a spouse or partner he impregnated? How utterly outrageous ... Wait a minute ... It was Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who said that? C'mon, that's not possible. What? There's audio of her saying that on a Florida public radio station? Get outta here. If that were true, the press would be printing and broadcasting stories on her outrageous statement 24/7 ... wouldn't they?
Well, no. The audio of Wasserman Schultz can be found here at WFSU in Tallahassee. Excerpts from the related report by Sascha Kordner follow the jump:
Tauriq Moosa slammed Nintendo in a Monday item for The Daily Beast for supposedly perpetuating "anti-gay bigotry." The writer singled out the Japanese video game company for rejecting same-sex relationships as an option in its "life simulator" game Tomodachi Life, and lamented that its decision "has a huge effect on creative media, on culture, and thus people themselves."
Moosa used the Nintendo controversy as a jumping off to hammer the video game industry in general for its apparent negative attitudes towards homosexuals and women:
Before I begin, I want to pose a question to the powers that control our society today: Am I allowed to comment on issues that pertain to homosexuality if I don't echo the views of our masters? Will people who read this column willingly twist what I say to justify condemnation of anyone who disagrees with them? They certainly do it to many other people.
Note to those waiting for an excuse to pretend to be offended so they can cram their views down our throats with McCarthyite tactics: Please read precisely what I say and don't draw unwarranted inferences, for there are no hidden meanings here and there is no concealed agenda.