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Michael Medved: When Political Correctness Tops Personal Decency

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The New York Times recently reported on allegations of shameless sexual harassment by Oscar-winning movie mogul Harvey Weinstein from dozens of young women.

In his bizarre response, Weinstein acknowledged that he “caused a lot of pain” and planned to temporarily step back from corporate power in order to concentrate on therapy. He also promised to compensate for his wrong-doing and “channel that anger” by launching a major campaign against the NRA, while pledging “to make a movie about our president” in order to force Trump’s retirement.

In other words, the guilt-ridden executive hoped for redemption by bashing political opponents rather than improving himself, implying that however badly he behaved, conservatives are worse. He thereby embraced the classic leftist fantasy: that political correctness matters more than destructive personal behavior, no matter how loathsome.

Emphasizing public posturing above private conduct can’t deliver either personal happiness or societal decency.

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Oscars Get Political, Finish with Monumental Mistake

2017 Academy Awards End with Mistake

As the wrong film was announced as the winner for Best Picture (NY Post).  A quick look at how the event unfolded (USA Today).  Michael Medved called it the “most embarrassing conclusion, ever” (Twitter).  And it wasn’t the only big mistake (Variety). A moment-by-moment look at the Oscars and politics (The Hill).  From another story:  President Trump’s effort to ban immigrants from some Muslim countries took its first big hit at the Oscars Sunday when an Iranian filmmaker who stayed home in protest won the award for best foreign film, The Salesman (USA Today).  From the Onion:  …a large mirror wheeled onto the stage Sunday evening at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony reportedly received a resounding six-minute-long standing ovation (Onion).  Meanwhile, the Razzies took place (PJ Media).

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