Listening to Michael Medved yesterday, he brought to my attention two programs. I believe one of them aired last night, on HBO. I don’t get HBO, so would not have been able to catch it, even if I were at home. But based upon Medved’s program, the documentary, “To Die In Jerusalem: Two Daughters Lost in Conflict”, sounds like the ultimate in moral equivalency.
Like the infamous Newsweek cover that inspired it, this documentary treats both girls — Palestinian Ayat al-Akhras and Israeli Rachel Levy — as victims of “faith or fate that brought each of them to the end of her life in such a tragic manner.” Appallingly, the filmmakers blur the distinction between murderer and victim, evil and innocence. The Israeli girl went to the market to buy Sabbath supplies; the Palestinian girl went there to murder strangers in a homicide bombing.
He also played soundclips of the director, who is a far-left Israeli, describing her film.
The other story in the same hour, is on Nickelodeon’s program, “Rebel with a Cause”. Here is one blog’s description of it:
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
New Show Will Air on Nickelodeon to Showcase Kids Who Stand for Causes: From Human Rights to Animal Rights, Shows Kids Who Stand for a Cause
Excellent. It’s about time. As you’ll read below, the show Rebels With A Cause!, will air Sunday, January 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET/ PT on Nickelodeon. I think it’s great to not only give kids a voice, but to show that many kids aren’t just bump on the logs, video game watching say nothings. These kids have wide ranging views but each has dedicated energy to creating a better world.
Sounds great doesn’t it? My problem then? The show is nothing more than left-wing ideological indoctrination. The blog links to a PR Newswire describing it:
Rebels With a Cause features:
* Fiona and Hanna live in Brattleboro, Vermont. The girls oppose the
exploitation of children in sweatshops. As one of them puts it, “Kids
younger than I am shouldn’t be making my clothes.” They decided to do
something about it, beginning with taking on their local school board
over where it buys school uniforms. This was their first taste of going
up against those in power in order to try to change the world around
* Micah is 14. He lives in California, and although he isn’t old enough to
vote, he’s old enough to know his rights as an American, one of which is
to speak his mind. Micah believes the torture of people who are
suspected of terrorist connections is a crime in itself, and that his
government is wrong to participate in such practices. And he isn’t
afraid to say so. Out loud-and in public. Micah has taken to the streets
wearing orange prison clothes and carrying a bullhorn. What Micah’s
doing isn’t making him popular, he still thinks it’s the right thing to
* Amina and Athena have taken on the state of Washington over the issue of
standardized testing, especially the new test the state says a student
must pass to graduate high school. The test, according to the girls,
isn’t fair to minorities, and what’s more, they say, it leads to
teachers teaching the test instead of the subject. They mean to change
the state law. And they just might.
Okay, cool. Kids, who have never paid taxes or owned their own home and worked for a living, are involved in political activism. But waitaminute….where are the pro-life activists? Where are the pro-victory, pro-military Republican kids?
It is shameless propagandizing of left-wing causes. I especially found the segment with Micah disgusting. Watch it. Am I supposed to consider him an authoritarian who can articulate the issue? On being knowledgeable enough to “educate” millions of children around the country, tuning in to this kay-rap? He can’t even distinguish mall security from actual police officers. What passes as”free-thinking conscientious youth” who can “rock the boat” are nothing more than brainwashed, indoctrinated mouthpiece shills for left-wing idiocy. Not critical-thinking.
Of course, Micah’s opinion is buttressed by another anti-war segment; this one given by Eva who stands against the Iraq War.
The World Can’t Wait-Drive Out the Bush Regime was founded by the RCP (Revolutionary Communist Party), and is nothing more than a front for them:
bloggers began pointing out the connection, and it was even noted on Wikipedia that “The World Can’t Wait” (WCW) was founded by the RCP. After the RCP started promoting WCW on its own Web site, the cat was out of the bag; even the San Francisco Chronicle (perhaps stung by criticisms of their failure to fully divulge the nature of earlier anti-war protests) had no choice but to join the chorus of outlets acknowledging that WCW was nothing more than a front for the RCP.
Indoctrination doesn’t begin at the university. It indeed does begin in the home. From parents is one thing….from tv sets? Quite another.
Nickelodeon, in its 27th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 92 million households and has been the number-one- rated basic cable network for more than eleven consecutive years.
You can drop a line to the folks at Nickelodeon here
I would love for you to write a note to Viacom HERE
And PLEASE contact Hasbro here, make sure they know what Nickelodeon really thinks of cooperations and Nerf guns.
UPDATE: spoke with Hasbro, and they are shocked that this was childrens programming. We will see what they do with the advertisements…
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.