The amazing Avedon Carol credits me for pointing out a recent interview with The Two Towers' Frodo Baggins, Elijah Wood.
She also has this excellent rant on the so-called "liberal media":
Where are they finding all this liberalism in the media? Do they turn on their radios and hear three hours a day of commentators who advocate lifting the cap off of the maximum salary that is subject to Social Security taxes? Does the TV news seem to be advocating a state-paid national health care plan available for free to all? Do they insist on using the proper term for late-term abortion (that was it), rather than "partial-birth abortion", even?
So what is the "liberal" content that the media contains that conservatives think shouldn't be there? What is the "liberal" bias that so outrages conservatives? Is it the belief that we shouldn't return to lynching blacks? Is it the belief that someone has to pay taxes and it's better if those people are the ones who actually made some money? Is it the belief that women should be able to choose their careers on the basis of their own needs and abilities? Is it the belief that education is a good investment in which the state has an interest and therefore should promote?
Damn right it is.
But those are no longer "liberal" beliefs - they are mainstream. And so are a lot of beliefs that are too "far left" for the press to even bother to cover. ...the media is actually well behind the curve, as is the Democratic Party. And, again, take a look at who is in the current administration, who is in the leadership of the Republican Party: Trent Lott, John Ashcroft, and a bunch of criminals. These people aren't "conservatives", they are raving radical far-right fruitcakes, and the media rarely says so. If you find their presence at the helm of the country anything other than an outrage, you are not conservative, you're a far-right loony. And the media is acting like it's, well, perfectly fine. Perfectly fine not to count ballots in an election. Perfectly fine to destroy programs that the public supports. Perfectly fine to try to wreck public education. Perfectly fine to try to free the wealthy of their obligation to help support our economy while placing the greatest burdens on those who can least afford them. Perfectly fine to evade the draft for a war you support and then call people who served in uniform traitors. What kind of people are these?