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Not with My Kid: Opting Out of Virginia's Mandated 'Cancer' Vaccine

If lawmakers really want to fight cancer with HPV vaccinations, they would mandate it for older girls, not pre-teens going into sixth grade.

Media Fret About Abortion Restriction

The liberal media were wringing their hands in anguish about the loss of abortion rights as they reported the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday upholding a ban on partial-birth abortions.

What a Difference a Judge Makes

The magnitude of who gets to appoint the next justice to the United States Supreme Court is supremely illustrated by the Court's ruling today upholding the congressional ban on partial birth abortion.

PTC: TV Networks Get 'F' for Ratings

New study shows networks fail to warn parents about program content

Liberal Media Use Flawed Study to Attack Abstinence-Only Education

For every study that disparages the abstinence approach, there are many others that point to its success and suggest that effective, long-term programs should be given more funding—not less.

Obscene Material -- Hard-Core Porn -- Is Not Constitutionally Protected Speech

While the ACLU and liberal judges have managed to create a body of distorted case law in which soft-core porn has legal protection, the hardcore stuff found in adult stores does not. Hard-core ...

Only ABC Addresses Broader Context of Imus Firing Adequately

Is the story of the firing of radio shock jock Don Imus only about racism, or is it also about hatred and incivility in hip hop culture?

Blood, Guts, but No (Box-Office) Glory

The message comes across loud and clear. Hollywood wants more – more violence, more gore, more blood. But another message, while a whisper, is just as powerful. Last weekend's box office ...

Media Cash In on Racism

What is newsworthy about the latest Imus insult in the morning isn't that liberal and conservative commentators alike expressed moral outrage at Imus' remarks—it's that they agreed that Imus ...

Media Ignore Ford Boycott

As sales plunge and the automaker cuts jobs, the year-long action by a major pro-family group goes unreported.

Shhh! There's a Boycott Going On!

Since March 2006, the AFA and 18 other pro-family organizations have targeted Ford over the company's donations to homosexual political groups and advertisements in homosexual-themed magazines. ...

Bias in the Headlines

Gay marriage is not recognized in Florida or California, where Disney's amusement parks are located. The ceremonies that will be performed on the company's properties and cruise ships will not be ...

Anderson Cooper Defines Christians…Or Not

Cooper addressed topics apparently chosen to refute Christian faith or draw attention to controversies, not to understand what billions of people believe and why they believe it.

NBC Acknowledges U.S. a Very Religious Nation, Promotes Corporate Chaplains

In his lead-in to the last story of Holy Thursday's NBC Nightly News broadcast, a report on the growing trend of company-provided chaplains in the workplace, anchor Brian Williams acknowledges we ...

Fox Medical Drama Surprises Viewers with Pro-Life Storyline

House writers choose to value life, at least for an hour in prime time.

The Easter "Hit" Parade

Cultural elites launch a veritable blizzard of attacks on religion during Christianity's holiest time of the year.

The Easter Hit Parade (a summary)

Beginning on February 26, the news and entertainment media have fired a stunning barrage of criticism at religious beliefs, religious practice, and religious symbols. Nothing is too sacred to ...

Hollywood, in a Nutshell

A horror movie director delights in making people sick with on-screen violence, despite the correlation between watching violence and real-life aggression.

Showtime Renews Lesbian Series

The CBS-owned cable network is buying another season of The L Word despite its shrinking audience.

Homosexual Agenda Gets Two-fer in Sunday New York Times

Coming out is to be praised, as is attending the world's largest lesbian party.

Viacom Contributes to Cultural Corrosion

68 percent of Americans, including majorities in every demographic group, believe the media are contributing to moral decline.

To Protect Obama, a Journalist Excuses Lies

Cohen even proposes a rationale few philosophers, or journalism professors, would embrace: that emotional truth trumps intellectual truth.

Philosophers and South Park

From time to time we hear about zany professors of popular culture using their academic credentials to elevate the most aggressively offensive and potty-mouthed TV shows into the Great Works of ...

16 Questions for The New York Times Editorial Board

Given the Gray Lady's recent eye-opening stands on various issues, CMI Advisory Board member Jan LaRue thought that posing a few questions might help the editorial writers think more clearly.

It's All About Being on Television

NY Times article sums up obsession with celebrity.

AP Gets It Wrong on Evangelicals and Global Warming

Zoll writes that Cizik has been called on the carpet for trying to convince evangelicals about global warming. In fact, evangelicals leaders are concerned about what Cizik is saying to ...

Consumer Choice vs. Pointless Publicity

This ad campaign doesn't address the most glaring problem with the V-chip – that even if every parent became a technological whiz with the blocking buttons, the broadcast and cable networks do an ...

Jan LaRue Joins CMI's Board of Advisors

Lawyer and commentator will advise, write for MRC's Culture and Media Institute

NBC's Today Show Labels Purity Movement 'Controversial'

Children abstaining from sex until adulthood appears to be an alien concept in certain media circles.

New York Times Movie Reviews: We'll Take Lust over 'Moral Reprimand'

Which movie do you think would get a positive write-up in The New York Times? An inspirational movie about character building, or a comic tribute to lust?