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by Steve Young

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Bill O'Reilly touts this year's Academy Award as a soapbox to get out liberal Hollywood's message that gay equals good. Ipso facto, "Brokeback Mountain" is a lock.

But if the far-left wackos in Hollywood could do a Diebold on the Oscar vote and truly push the liberal agenda, it wouldn't be a gay humanizing film that would take home the Golden Gal. It would be the true dark horse, "Good Night, And Good Luck" -- that is the film with the subversive message, because it reminds us how the media behaved prior to the takeover by today's Lying Lords of Loud.

In a recent op/ed, NBC's Brian Williams wrote that Army counsel Joseph Welch's eloquent, two sentence soliloquy to Senator Joseph McCarthy, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?" was loud enough to quiet the nation's bully. Today, Williams lamented, it might be lost in the "cacophony of broadcast choices...because our attention is elsewhere."

Williams was wrong; momentous events like that don't go unheard. But today, Welch's testimony -- and Welch's reputation -- would be sliced and diced. There would be the familiar routine distortions, mind reading, and cherry-picked facts, followed by turning the messenger into a full-fledged demon. By the end of the no-spin spin cycle, Welch and his testimony would so spun that his momma wouldn't recognize either.

"An anti-American, communist kiss-up lawyer telling an elected official of our great country about who's decent? He wouldn't know decent if decent hit him in the face. He's a lawyer, folks. Worse, he's a card-carrying member of the ACLU."

"Word out of Washington is that it was Welch's wife who actually suggested hat he should represent Communists. Next up, Dick Morris tells us why Hillary Clinton may be behind Welch's obviously coerced speech."

"If you wanted to reduce communism, you could abort all communists represented by Joseph Welsh and we could wipe out most of communism. It would be an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but the communist population rates would go down."

Even sympathetic hosts would edit his historic recording as lead ins to their shows..."Have you no sense of decency...Stephanie long last?"

Of course there is the ever-popular, "...and you can get all the facts about the Welch testimony, facts that you'll hear nowhere else but in my new book, which I will hawk ad infinitum until it hits the best-seller list, when all of my listeners -- the only real American patriots -- buy it."

Today, we would hear a bombastic cluster of agendized-distorted halves of the two sentences. Before Welch's actual words reached our ears, 50 percent of America would think McCarthy was a fascist and half would believe Welsh wanted the Russia to take over America. The problem is, 50 percent of the truth is no truth at all.

Edward R. Murrow would be spinning in his grave. Everyone else would be just spinning.

And as Sunday awards are handed out, it's not so much that gays -- or even liberals -- that O'Reilly fears might be humanized. It's the truth.

Steve Young, author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful" can be read every Sunday in the LA Daily News Op-Ed page (right next to Bill O'Reilly)

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Albion Monitor   February 23, 2006   (

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