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Product placement in "Narnia" rendition

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Rich Leonardi has his finger on an example of pagan philosophy "product placement" in the new Disney version of C.S. Lewis' classic tale. Check out "Ten Reasons: Say it ain't so."

The Media Monoculture

Writing in Catholic Exchange (and also in The Wanderer, James K. Fitzpatrick discusses The Media Monoculture. He harks back to a critique of media and juridical left-wing bias that appeared in the New York Times under the title, "An Elite Affiliation," an article written by John Tierney. The point of this discussion is that both the media and law schools are embedded in a self-perpetuating and homogeneous political culture, a monoculture, to use Fitzpatrick's phrase.

Religious Freedom Must Trump Anti-Discrimination Law

An article by John Leo, entitled "Religious Freedom Must Trump Anti-Discrimination Law," comments on the McCusker case, in which she, with the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union, has been suing "the Diocese of Brooklyn and St. Rose of Lima school in Queens for dismissing her as a pre-kindergarten teacher last fall. That was two days after McCusker told her principal that she was three months pregnant and had no intention of marrying the father."

Rice defends treatment of terror suspects - Dec 5, 2005

CNN's report on the Secretary of State's diplomatic tour of Europe, reported in "Rice defends treatment of terror suspects", has some of the typical "renditions" of the Administration's policies and personnel. Rice herself, for example, is shown in a photo taken when her jaw was plainly set. Secretary Rice's use of the term "rendition", of course, is the real story.

Richard John Neuhaus on the Vatican instruction

RJN's commentary addresses some typical criticisms, and does so quite (IMHO) tellingly. It's worth a read. Check it out here.

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