11/25/2004

The New York Times > Arts > Frank Rich: The Great Indecency Hoax

The New York Times > Arts > Frank Rich: The Great Indecency Hoax

It took a British publication, The Economist, to point out that the percentage of American voters citing moral and ethical values as their prime concern is actually down from 2000 (35 percent) and 1996 (40 percent).

To see how the hucksters of the right work their scam, there could be no more illustrative example than the 'Monday Night Football' episode in which Ms. Sheridan leaped into the arms of the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens in order to give the declining weekly game (viewership is down 3 percent from 2003) a shot of Viagra. From the get-go, it was a manufactured scandal, as over-the-top as a dinner theater production of 'The Crucible.'

Rush Limbaugh, taking a break from the legal deliberations of his drug rap and third divorce, set the hysterical tone. 'I was stunned!' he told his listeners. 'I literally could not believe what I had seen. ..."

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