Thursday, December 09, 2004

Frank Rich: The Plot Against Sex in America

New York Times> Just Chilling...Frank Rich documents the self censorship that is infecting American culture post election (read the full article):
The 'Kinsey' distributor, Fox Searchlight, let the press see an e-mail from a National Public Broadcasting media manager stating that the real problem was 'the content of this movie' and 'controversial press re: groups speaking out against the movie/subject matter' that might bring 'viewer complaints.'

Maybe in the end Channel 13 got too many complaints about its own cowardice because by last week, in response to my inquiries, it had a new story: that e-mail was all a big mistake - an 'unfortunate' miscommunication hatched by some poor unnamed flunky in marketing. This would be funny if it were not so serious - and if it were an anomaly. Yet even as the 'Kinsey' spot was barred in New York, a public radio station in North Carolina, WUNC-FM, told an international women's rights organization based in Chapel Hill that it could not use the phrase 'reproductive rights' in an on-air announcement."

Sunday, December 05, 2004

The New York Times > National > Death Sentences in Texas Cases Try Supreme Court's Patience

The New York Times > National > Death Sentences in Texas Cases Try Supreme Court's Patience: "Writing for the majority in the Supreme Court's 8-to-1 decision last year, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy discussed evidence that prosecutors had acted improperly. Among other things, he noted, prosecutors questioned black potential jurors more aggressively about their views on the death penalty than they did white jurors.

Only Justice Thomas dissented from the decision, saying that none of the factors cited by Justice Kennedy 'presented anything remotely resembling clear and convincing evidence of purposeful discrimination.'"