I don’t know why I gave their traffic stats a bump, but I stumbled across to WRDU.com’s website….the conservative talk radio station here in Raleigh (106.1 WRDU).
And, amongst all the right-wing talking points, I found this page: http://www.wrdu.com/cc-common/babes/
And it got me thinking….how do these so-called conservatives balance their family values rhetoric, with this type of material on their website. I mean, it has nothing to do with their radio programming. It has nothing to do with the talking points, the philosophy behind their rhetoric…it’s basically just pictures of women in swimsuits for the sake of having pictures of women in swimsuits.
Now, I don’t care that they have them…i’m sure there are plenty of visitors who go there for their fix (who knows why though…Google Image search is a pretty obvious replacement). But my problem is the seemingly double-standard that permeates this type of content.
One moment their radio hosts will be railing against the lack of morals in the country…the downturn of the American family, and how it’s all Obama’s fault (yes…this has been a topic on the Morning Rush show). And then the next moment, they’ll be talking about how the democrats are degrading women by not respecting candidates like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, and Christine O’Donnell. And yet they continue to have this content on their website.
And WRDU isn’t the only conservative or conservative group with a double-standard…
Can anyone remember Mark Foley?
Mark Foley was a Florida congressman who lamented that Bill Clinton’s runaway sexual addiction caused his scandal with Monica Lewinsky. And yet Foley had demons of his own. On September 29th, 2006 Foley resigned his congressional seat after reports surfaced that he was sending sexually explicit text messages and emails to teenage male congressional pages. Foley insisted he was not a pedophile and had never had sexual contact with any minor. Then he dipped into the media excuse bag and decided to used ALL of them at once: he blamed his emails on a drinking problem, checked himself into a rehab clinic, and said that he had been molested by a clergyman when he 13. To top it off, he decided that NOW was the time come out, and bravely had his lawyer inform the public that “Mark Foley wants you to know he is a gay man.” Many pages came forward after Foley’s announcement, but Florida officials closed the investigation citing “insufficient evidence” to file criminal charges.
How about Ted Haggard?
Ted Haggard is the founder and former pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado; a founder of the Association of Life-Giving Churches; and former leader of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) from 2003 – 2006. Haggard has condemned homosexuality, and under his leadership, the NAE stated that “homosexual activity, like adulterous relationships, is clearly condemned in the Scriptures.” Yet in November 2006, he “left” all of his leadership positions after he admitted soliciting a prostitute for homosexual sex and methamphetamine. After the scandal broke, Haggard entered three weeks of intensive “counseling”, overseen by four ministers who claimed to have converted him back to heterosexuality. When pressed, they backtracked and merely said Haggard is a “heterosexual with issues.” Ya think?
One more? Close to home for WRDU “Rush Radio” ?
Rush Limbaugh is the host of “The Rush Limbaugh Show”, a nationally syndicated radio program devoted to conservative issues and news of the day. On his program, Limbaugh has espoused a deep respect of law enforcement and tough penalties for drug offenders (In 1995, he said drug users “ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up.”) Yet on October 10, 2003, Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to prescription painkillers and would immediately check himself into a rehabilitation program. Law enforcement sources had noted that Limbaugh’s name had come up during an investigation into a black market drug ring in Palm Beach County, Florida, specializing in the illegal sale of prescription drugs OxyContin and hydrocodone. Limbaugh said he first became addicted to prescription painkillers following unsuccessful spinal surgery, but has remained clean since his 2003 treatment. Limbaugh was not incarcerated because Palm Beach does not jail drug offenders unless they’ve failed opportunities to deal with their addiction and have turned to crime to maintain their habit. Thus, benefiting from the soft position on drug crime that he hates so.
[simple google search turned up those gems, and that was just the first hit: http://listverse.com/2009/05/15/10-cases-of-conservative-hypocrisy/]
So here’s an idea….if you purport to be an organization who is “for true american values,” then how about you take down the intentionally exploitative images of women that have no place on a conservative talk radio station’s website.
No? Not gonna do it? Then stop denigrating “liberals” who are “responsible for the moral decline of America.”