March 8, 1994 |
Although network television is often accused by conservatives of engaging in religion-bashing in its entertainment programming, a study released Monday found that Hollywood ignores religion far more than it demeans it. But on the rare occasions when TV programs do deal in more than a passing way with issues of faith, they usually do so negatively, according to a Media Research Center study documenting prime-time TV's hostility toward religion and people who are religious.
February 22, 1990 |
Drive Time: Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's limousine has grown a few inches and nearly doubled in cost over the one used by his predecessor. Wilder's black Lincoln Town Car replaces the stretch Cadillac used by ex-Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, and it costs $37,923 plus trade-in of the Cadillac, which cost $19,949 plus trade-in four years ago. Wilder aide Laura F. Dillard said former Gov. Charles S. Robb's car commanded a higher trade-in price, which brought down the cost of the Baliles car.
February 12, 1997 |
The first analysis of the television industry's new self-imposed ratings code has declared the system a failure after just five weeks, calling it "hopelessly confusing, inconsistent, contradictory and meaningless." Some programs given the wholesome G rating contained words like "ass" and sexual jokes about breasts, the conservative Media Research Center found in its review of 150 hours of prime-time programming during the first two weeks of January.
March 14, 2003 |
Are celebrities always newsworthy? Those 19th century thinkers in stovepipe hats at the watchdog Media Research Center in Alexandria, Va., think so. They have a Web page titled "Celebrities on Politics and War" that reports soberly on show-bizers who buy the Bush administration's Iraq disarmament strategy and ridicules those who don't. These Old Glories define a smart celebrity as one who they believe supports immediate conflict with Iraq. "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammar is smart in this scenario.
February 27, 1997 |
Meet Crissy Brookhart, the woman who rates the ratings. She calls herself a "television analyst." The entertainment industry calls her a "Hollywood basher." Just 25 years old, Brookhart monitors sex, violence and foul language on TV for the unabashedly conservative Media Research Center, a watchdog group based in this Virginia suburb. It is a job that has taken on new proportions with the advent on Jan. 1 of television's first-ever ratings code.
May 24, 2011 |
Fans of "Glee" have long suspected that there was something special going on between Santana and Brittany, the show's mean girl/dim girl cheerleading duo. There were the goo-goo eyes and the intertwined pinkies, the back rubs and flirty duets. The relationship might have been just another inside joke on a show full of inside jokes, but fans wanted more. They dubbed the pair "Brittana," and tweeted and blogged endlessly about how great it would be if the two became a real couple. Of course, fans known as "shippers" have fantasized for years about imaginary trysts between their favorite characters.