One of the most influential conservatives in the country is Brent Bozell, the head of the Media Research Center which has spawned Newsbusters, CNSNews.com, Eyeblast.tv and several other conservative media outlets.
Few conservatives have a firmer grasp on the culture war, and thus few are in a better position to declare the winners and losers of that arena in 2010. Here's a look at some of Bozell's choices:
Winner: Tim Tebow. The quarterback's heart-warming pro-life ad with his mother during the Super Bowl was so winning, and so un-political, you could see why CBS would allow it.
Losers: The radical feminists who protested this ad as a vicious sermon without seeing it. How embarrassing. Let's add Chicago-based sports marketer John Rowady, who sneered Tebow was ruining his career in Advertising Age magazine: "His promotion of his ?belief system' has built a perception throughout the league that he has a long way to mature from a business perspective, especially in the fast lane of the NFL."
On a personal note, this was one of my favorite stories of 2010. The furor that arose when it became public that Tebow would appear in a pro-life ad sponsored by Focus on the Family was immense. ESPN radio hosts - shockingly unfamiliar with Focus, calling them nothing less than a "hate group" - blasted Tebow saying it would ruin his image.
The ad was so well done, tasteful and hopeful that the only people it shamed were the ones who should be shamed - the derelicts who find celebrating and protecting the gift of life something to protest.
Winner: Sandra Bullock. Defying the Hollywood odds, she won an Oscar for her heartfelt portrayal of Leigh Ann Touhy, whose Memphis family adopted a black teen named Michael Oher and loved him into college and then a starting job with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. Critics hated the film, but America loved it. One reviewer found it "contrived, storybook-sweet, credulity-straining and -- um, true."
Loser: Fox's "Family Guy" is always looking for a new low in sick jokes. They found one when baby Stewie and his dog Brian were accidentally locked in a bank vault. The baby orders the dog to eat the contents of his diaper. When the dog actually eats the baby feces, the baby vomits, and then says "Got some dessert for you." The dog then eats the vomit. The dog also licked the baby's rear end clean, so Stewie could boast to the otherwise empty vault that the dog "French-kissed my bottom clean."
Classy, isn't it? For years, Hollywood has operated under the assumption that the only humor and entertainment that will sell is that which is disgusting or sex based. Their own depravity blinds them to what is patently obvious. As Bozell illustrates:
Studio heads were shocked again by surprise hits like the remake of "The Karate Kid," which grossed more than $175 million. None of the top 15 movies received an "R" rating. Six of the top 15 movies were animated, and at number one in box-office receipts (with more than $415 million) was G-rated "Toy Story 3." A St. Petersburg Times critic suggested it wasn't just the best film of the summer, it could be Best Picture of 2010. Quality doesn't have to equal perversity.
Children are good at nagging and dragging their parents to the cineplex. Someone in Tinseltown should just wake up and smell the popcorn.
I think their sense of smell has been permanently damaged courtesy of the smut they've been surrounding themselves with for a generation.