Monday, September 27, 2004

The Pot and the Kettle Redux

In Mark Hyman’s latest "Point," he goes back to one of his old favorites: bashing Hollywood celebrities. We’ve already addressed the hypocrisy of this technique in our August 11th “Counterpoint,” but let’s add just a couple more points.

First, Hyman suggests that celebrities are “out of touch” because they make far more money and live more luxurious lifestyles than “you or me.” For the record, remember that Hyman is a corporate VP. He probably makes so much money that he actually benefits from the Bush tax cuts. His “Everyman” pose is dishonest in the extreme.

Hyman also loves to bash celebrities for their moral failings, suggesting that because of their dissolute lifestyle, they’re political allegiances are suspect.

If that’s the case, we wonder what Hyman has to say about Sinclair’s own executives, particularly David Smith, CEO of Sinclair Broadcasting:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania)August 17, 1996, Saturday, SOONER EDITION

David D. Smith, president and chief executive officer of Sinclair Broadcast
Group, was arrested this week in his hometown of Baltimore and charged with a misdemeanor sex offense. Sinclair owns WPGH, the Fox affiliate in Pittsburgh,and programs most of WPTT.The Baltimore Sun reported that Smith, 45, was arrested Tuesday night in an undercover sting at a downtown corner frequented by prostitutes.

Smith was caught with a woman who referred to him as a “regular.” He was engaged in sexual activity with this woman in a Sinclair Broadcasting company car. He was also married and had children.

Remind us again, Mark: why do Sinclair Broadcasting executives think they should get to tell us how to vote?

And that’s The Counterpoint.


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