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Who's Minding Our Minds?

By Bill Lockwood

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American youth as well as the "hoary heads" seem to be influenced as much by the major media as they are by any other source. From movies to television to popular magazines and music videos - media messages are pounded into one's thinking functions probably more regularly than are traditional values by the church and the home.

That the media source of information has been poisoned at the fountainhead by anti-Christian bias and anti-American bigotry almost goes without saying. Actually, media seduction is quickly evolving from "biased" to extremely jaundiced. I have noted that this is even confessed by some of Hollywood's liberals themselves. For instance, Michael Medved, a former speech writer for George McGovern, interviewed by Michael Rouinoff for Human Events (reprinted in AFA Journal, 4-93), observed:

It surprised me, being sort of in the trenches where I work, that people in the organized Christian community have been so quiescent, have been accepting of all kinds of slurs and attacks - gratuitous jabs in the eye and pokes in the ribs. I mean constantly, never saying anything.
Medved is Jewish. He, therefore, compared the Christians' behavior to the Jews'. "If somebody has even a scintilla of anti-Semitism in a motion picture, the Anti-Defamation League (of B'nai B'rith) and other Jewish organizations speak out."

Consider this. Not one, single, media production in the last decade has portrayed homosexuality in a negative light. Yet, Hollywood crams messages into productions that "involvement in Christianity makes you a nut." Medved points out that from Guilty as Charged (1992), Cape Fear (1991), The Pope Must Die (1991), The Handmaid's Tale (1990), and The Rapture (1991), the message is constantly prattled that the "only people who practice Christianity are people who are deeply disturbed psychotics."

Don Feder, a Creator's Syndicate columnist, commented just before the recent Oscar awards upon several films expecting top honors. In the Daily Oklahoman (3-29-93) he quoted Medved as referring to The Crying Game as the biggest, most successful con in cinematic history "because it portrays homosexuality as insignificant and that under the right circumstances, any man could be sexually attracted to another."

A Few Good Men stars Jack Nicholson who plays a sadistic and borderline psychotic. According to director Rob Reiner, the character was "modeled" after Lt. Col. Oliver North. "Of the film's two arch-villains, one is a verse-spouting, born-again Christian, the other a career officer meant to epitomize the brutality liberalism believes inherent in the military ethic."

Toys is another anti-military flick and Danny DeVito's Hoffa is deviously designed to glorify the labor-villain who disappeared in 1975. DeVito peddled his definition of a hero in another Oklahoman review, "The way I look at a hero, in my terms, is, like, not somebody pullin' somebody out of a burning plane, but I mean a guy who is like dedicated to a cause." Judas would be a heroic figure in history given DeVito's idea. Obviously, the unsaid part of DeVito's foolishness, at least measuring it by Hollywood's ideals, is that this interpretation will work for everyone except those dedicated to Jesus Christ, to morality in the face of abortion, or to American's constitutional form of government. As Don Feder mused, the entertainment industry worships at the shrine of social liberalism. But sadly, with these "social" Baal-worshipers almost completely manipulating the informative input in our entertainment-intoxicated brains, what shall be the program-output of our thinking and behavioral characteristics in the coming times? Who's minding your mind?

Published September 1993