Holy Joe Lieberman the hypocrite: the pro-wrestling edition
Looks like it's time to pull out on of my favorite lines...
OH, THIS IS RICH!
It has become a holiday ritual: Joe Lieberman and family-research officials hold a well-attended press conference to decry the impact on children of excessive video game sex and violence.Well, well, well. It seems like this is another case of Holy Joe Lieberman being exposed as an "I'll do anything to get re-elected" hypocrite.
And, again in 2006, Lieberman indulged in another yearly ritual: taking campaign money from the entertainment industry.
An analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan watchdog group, found that the Connecticut Democrat, who won re-election last month as an independent, received about $73,000 from a variety of industry sources over the past two years.
Among the donors were Linda McMahon, chief executive officer of Stamford-based WWE Entertainment. McMahon said in an e-mail that she gave money to Lieberman because "I make contributions to a variety of candidates whom I respect."
WWE warns parents on its website that, during its more violent shows, "Characters may `hit' opponents with objects, such as metal chairs, sledgehammers, shiny new trashcans, baking sheets, metal stop signs or kendo sticks," or may slam opponents "through folding tables, announcer booths, ring barricades and turnbuckles."
In addition, WWE says, "Male characters may body-slam female opponents in the ring, and vice-versa."
Critics say taking WWE money - McMahon gave $2,000 in the two weeks before the Nov. 7 election - raises questions.
"If you're going to portray yourself as a champion against sex and violence on TV and in video games, it certainly doesn't look like you're completely serious if one of your big contributors makes its money from sex and violence," said Massie Ritsch, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics.
I mean really, Lieberman talks about SEX AND VIOLENCE on television while gladly accepting cash from a business that makes its money primarily by showcasing SEX and VIOLENCE to kids on television.
To put this into perspective, let me give you a REAL BRIEF background on what the WWE is promoting to your kids.
Here's a sample of some of the SEX the WWE sells on television and in their merchandise:
Instead of posting the more graphic images, I'll just give you a link and you can view them for yourselves (here, here, here, here,).
Now, here's a sample of some of the VIOLENCE the WWE spoon feeds YOUR kids (that Joe Lieberman is looking out for) on television:
Again, for more graphic images, click here, here, here, here, here.
Trust me folks, the stuff I linked to here TAME compared to the other stuff you can find by doing a simple Google search.
Now, because of the stuff the WWE is pouring into the brains of the children THAT JOE LIEBERMAN IS LOOKING OUT FOR, kids are now going to their backyards and trying out the latest wrestling moves on each other...and breaking their necks in the process.
Watch this video clip and you'll see what I mean.
Here's the holy one talking about violent video games in one of his "I'll do and say anything to get re-elected" TV ads.
So lets see, Lieberman talks about protecting kids from violent images in video games and television BUT he rakes in the cash from one a business that makes money from selling SEX AND VILOENCE to children who in turn, go out to their backyards and try to duplicate the wrestling moves they see on TV.
Lieberman has long defended taking entertainment industry funds. In the fall of 2000, when he was running for vice president, he jumped from ripping the industry at a congressional hearing to praising the industry at a big-money fundraiser shortly afterward.Hey Joe, I'm laughing also but, I'm laughing AT you, not WITH you.
In his re-election fight, his campaign continued to accept donations from industry officials. Among contributors to his re-election were officials from CBS, BET, Microsoft Corp., NBC, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Time Warner, Warner Brothers Television and others.
Asked why he accepted their money, Lieberman first joked, "I really don't get anything [contributions] from that industry."
As time goes on, more of Lieberman's antics from the past and present are going to be exposed (like what his 387,000 is COLD HARD petty cash was really used for before the primary).
What a cartoon this guy is.
UPDATE: New Milford's favorite town drunk digs deeper into WWE's sexual and violent content. Man, the things you find after throwing back a six pack and a bottle of Johnny Walker Red...alone!