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Note to ambitious young TV writers and producers: The crasser, more debased, more vicious and gutter-brow your offering, the better the likelihood of critical acclaim. Just ask the gang at HBO’s “Girls.” The show’s squalid, morally desolate portrait of its characters and their situations has won it critical raves for its “realism” – a pretty depressing commentary on the culture.

The “less (taste) is more” rule is certainly in effect with a bizarre sitcom on the FX network called “Louie.”



And you thought there’d never be a challenger to the popular juggernaut of Occupy Comics. Well, a plucky upstart has jumped into the market for comic books about pointless, failed social protests.

In an attempt to legitimize the “Occupy Wall Street” cause, Valiant Comics plans to release an over the top story underscoring OWS’ morality. An inherently evil organization known only as the “The One Percent” makes an appearance in the first issue of “Armstrong & Archer,” scheduled to be released to the public on Aug. 8.



From the twisted imagination that spawned the pro-gay high school show “Glee” comes another new sitcom that is poised to take the gay agenda even further. Aptly-named “The New Normal,” the show depicts a gay couple’s quest to have a child via a surrogate mother and the awful conservative grandmother who dares oppose them.

The show premieres on NBC in September, but it already shows the stamp of its conservative-hating creator Ryan Murphy. The show sets up a typical TV comparison. The gay couple in the show is portrayed as loving. And the “small-minded” grandmother who is against her granddaughter serving as their surrogate mom has “Callista Gingrich” hair, is a “bigot” and must be from the South. Throw in pro-Obama comments and you have a show.



After ten awkward and unpleasant episodes, the first season of HBO’s critically acclaimed show ‘Girls’ has mercifully come to an end. Each week upped the ante with graphic sex, inappropriate innuendo, frequent depictions of masturbation, and even a golden shower. Basically what we’ve come to expect from premium cable networks.

The season finale was no exception. In her weekly recap, Crystal Bell of HuffPost Entertainment detailed the storyline that featured an impromptu wedding and frank discussions of STD's. Two characters who barely knew each other decided to tie the knot. In yet another example of monogamy gone wrong in mainstream media culture, the unemployed bride had ulterior motives.



Despite its ugliness, HBO show still getting praise.



CNNHealth has joined the rising chorus of anti-monogamy voices in the liberal media. In a weekly blog post for “The Chart,” Dr. Ian Kerner discussed a new book called “The Gaggle,” by Jessica Massa, in which single women are encouraged to date at least three men at a time.



‘Safe sex’ the only stipulation for sexuality counselor Kerner.



CNNMoney mustn’t pay very well, because writer Steve Hargreaves is moonlighting as a PR flack for the International Energy Agency. At least, that’s the impression given by his June 12 article on the IEA’s 700-page "sharply-worded" report that called for an additional $36 trillion of clean energy investment by 2050. 

According to Hargreaves, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven doesn’t think governments are doing enough to keep global warming in check. “Our ongoing failure to realize the full potential of clean energy technology is alarming,” she said. “Under current policies, both energy demand and emissions are likely to double by 2050.”  



A massive, notoriously scandal-ridden abortion provider is operating in Los Angeles high schools? What could go wrong?

Anna Gorman, writing for the Los Angeles Times on June 5, gave a glowing report of a highly controversial move:  the nation’s largest abortion provider has been put in charge of a public high school’s health care.



Some stories are so biased and one-sided they must have come whole and unadulterated from deep inside the liberal media echo chamber. Take CNNMoney’s recent manipulative story  pertaining to the trials and tribulations of illegal immigrants’ grown children, who are unable to fully participate in U.S. society because they lack legitimate identification.

More a pamphlet for the DREAM Act than news report, the article detailed the problems such illegals face: companies are wary of hiring anyone with uncertain citizenship status. States like Arizona decided they couldn’t afford to pay tuition for illegal aliens, and family members sometimes get deported. Some of the more enterprising of these grown but still illegal immigrants become entrepreneurs as a result, but are still held back by their status.



CNN Money reports on an unintended consequence of Obama regulation the media didn’t see coming and left touted as ‘lifeboat’ for consumers.