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Monday, December 13, 2010
MRC Expands Art Censorship Effort By Targeting Wash. Post
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center is not content with merely censoring art; now it wants to shout down anyone who voices support for the censored art.

Keeping up its war on the Smithsonian over the exhibit on gay portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, MRC Action has launched an "Action Letter" to "Tell The Washington Post: 'Stop Supporting Smithsonian Smut!'"

MRC has identified the key liberal media offenders who have supported the Smithsonian Smut either by their silence or glowing praise. The leading offender is the Washington Post which published a favorable review, attacked critics of the exhibit's obscenity as "censors," and then encouraged readers to see the exhibit.

MRC has launched their Hand-delivery Letter Campaign to rally and gather thousands of letters from our team members telling Washington Post to Stop Supporting Smithsonian Smut. Simply complete the form below to have your letters hand-delivered to key Washington Post officials starting Thursday (December 9).

Funny how the MRC thinks trying to shut down an art exhibition isn't censorship.

MRC Action even helpfully provides "talking points" for people to copy-and-paste into their haranguing letters:

--The Washington Post has crossed a line in its coverage of the Smithsonian's new art exhibit, "Hide/Seek." The Post's reporting on the exhibit has featured glowing praise while failing to highlight the controversial, obscene materials. Even worse, this exhibit was promoted to children through a "Family Day" and yet the Post can only offer support while labeling critics as "censors." I am calling on the Post to STOP its biased reporting on this obscene Smithsonian exhibit.

--I am emailing you because I am outraged that the Washington Post has supported the Smithsonian's new "Hide/Seek" homoerotic art exhibit. The Post has promoted the exhibit through a glowing review and other promotional efforts while failing to mention the blatant obscenity and other offensive items in Hide/Seek. To make matters worse, the Post intentionally labeled those offering reasonable criticisms of the exhibit as "censors." Stop the bias!

--The Washington Post should issue a formal apology to its readers for your reporting on the Smithsonian's new "Hide/Seek" homoerotic art exhibit. Your reporting has offering nothing but glowing praise while failing to point out the blatant obscenity -- or the fact that this exhibit was openly marketed to children! You owe it to your readers to provide a truthful report -- not a biased puff piece that supports your political or cultural agenda.

What the MRC really wants the Post to "formally" apologize for is reporting anything that contradicts its right-wing orthodoxy -- like the idea that art that offends has merit. In short, the MRC wants the Post to apologize for telling the truth. Telling the truth, after all, is something the MRC can't abide when it conflicts with the MRC's agenda.

Because the MRC is trying to stop the truth from being told, it's acting as a censor.

As we've detailed, the Smithsonian controversy is entirely manufactured by the MRC and its agents, including the Catholic League's Bill Donohue (the MRC's Brent Bozell is on the Catholic League board of advisors).

Posted by Terry K. at 11:02 AM EST

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