Mistreating marriage

Media increasingly disparage traditional foundation of our society

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If aliens from another galaxy are monitoring our news and entertainment media, then they probably think gay marriage is the norm and that man-woman relationships are a horrid idea.

“How are there so many of these creatures?” they must be asking themselves.

A Pew Research Center study has found that recent news media coverage “was tilted massively against those who favor traditional marriage.”

“Titled massively against” doesn’t begin to describe the entertainment media’s treatment of traditional marriage. More on that in a minute.

“Detractors of gay marriage couldn’t buy their way into (news) coverage,” The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes.

“Almost half (47 percent) of the nearly 500 stories studied from March 18 (a week prior to the Supreme Court hearings), through May 12, primarily focused on support for (gay marriage),” the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism study says, “while 9 percent largely focused on opposition and 44 percent had a roughly equal mix of both viewpoints or were neutral.”

Even on liberal-loathed Fox News, 63 percent of the coverage was mixed, 29 percent supportive and 8 percent opposing, Pew said.

Nor has the coverage
accurately reflected public sentiment; Pew writes that the bias in the coverage “goes beyond the level seen in public opinion surveys.”

“The study lends credence to conservative charges that the nation’s news media have championed the issue of same-sex marriage at the expense of objectivity,” The New York Times had to admit.

Now, contrast that with depictions of traditional marriage in the entertainment media.

You know just from your own observations that marriages, and men in particular, have not fared well in movies and TV shows in recent decades.

“Married couples don’t come off particularly well in popular culture,” gender and pop culture blogger Johannah Cousins writes in an article titled “Lazy Husbands and Shrewish Wives: Media Portrayals of Marriage.”

“Movies, TV shows and advertising are littered with confused, incompetent and often even uncaring fathers and husbands. … Modern couples certainly do face a lot of problems … . But a mass media which is dominated by the Jon and Kate Gosselin version of marriage, where both partners become vicious and unlikable, or the Sandra Bullock-Jesse James version, where we’re left wondering if a woman really can have huge career success and a healthy relationship at the same time, is not helping.”

Nope. Like bad news drags down a president’s poll numbers, the media’s casting constant aspersions on marriage – heterosexual marriage, that is – can’t help its image.

“The marriage rate is at its lowest point in more than a century,” USA Today noted recently.

Certainly the economy has taken its toll. But so has the steady stream of negativity about marriage in our media.

It’s an awfully strange way to treat the foundation of society.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/24/13 - 05:42 am
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Destruction of the basic family unit is the key
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to the establishment of a totalitarian state. Creating a cradle to grave welfare system seals the deal. Stick a fork in the good ole USA.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 06/24/13 - 06:09 am
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"To the moon Alice!"

"To the moon Alice!"

Rhetor
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Rhetor 06/24/13 - 06:52 am
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really?

I'm a big advocate of traditional marriage. If too many people are staying single or getting divorced, that's terrible, but don't blame it on the media. Blame it on the people. Few women will divorce a man who's worth keeping. And is it gay people's fault? Is anybody saying, "I really love Pat and want to get married, but I'm not going to do so because a gay couple lives down the street?" Is anybody saying, "Chris and I have a happy marriage, but if a lesbian couple lives next door I'll get a divorce?" Of course not. How absurd! The breakdown of the traditional family is a real issue, but conservatives seem to be utterly unable to focus on it. You all seem to be too busy bashing gay people to look at any of the real issues.

jic
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jic 06/24/13 - 07:34 am
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give me a break
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Our homophobic editorial staff has certainly mastered the art of setting up strawmen to duel with. Maybe you should have come down to the commons this weekend to learn a thing or two about marriage EQUALITY before making this absurd case. "un-Equal coverage" of the slavery non-debate no doubt existed as well until it was clear to everyone that there really was NOT two legitimate sides of the issue. Marriage equality for consenting adult lgbt's has no connection to straight marriage whatsoever. Do an editorial about divorce and childhood pregnancy rates first. Get your own house in order.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 06/24/13 - 07:35 am
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Marx was wrong then, but maybe he was on to something

instead of "religion is the opiate of the people"
just say "tv is the opiate of the people"
after all, how else would people let Jerry Springer or Seinfeld babysit their children
unless they were drugged
it isn't just marriage... we are all truly being recreated in their own image

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/24/13 - 07:36 am
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Freebies ??

Jerk the freebies away & the weddings will fall into place again....why is that so hard to figure out....
Why would a woman need a husband when the daddie gov pays her so well to stay single???

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/24/13 - 07:38 am
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Come to think of it

Is there a TV Show or movie today that features a strong father/husband figure?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/24/13 - 07:52 am
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Freebies!

There you go again.
Who have you heard of that has foregone matrimony to get freebies?
One's words are a great reflection of what's in one's heart.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/24/13 - 08:08 am
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matters

YOU don't have a clue of what my heart feels.....

Preach to someone else today!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/24/13 - 08:14 am
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Chastise

Some forget this forum is for opinions....not this!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/24/13 - 08:34 am
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Staying single creates more problems for all

That women find themselves drifting "unintentionally" into parenthood with men they have no intent of marrying creates another generation of problems. Children raised in two-parent households are more likely to go to college, more likely to be employed, and more likely to earn a high wage. The rise of unwed mothers might be logical for many of these women. But there is too much evidence that it deepens the divide between the haves and have-nots in America

We see this in our society today...of course some can't help the situation.....but MANY can.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/24/13 - 08:40 am
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"If too many people are

"If too many people are staying single or getting divorced, that's terrible, but don't blame it on the media. "

When Hollywood and the media protrays the single life as glamorous and marriage as just another temporary situation to be disgarded when the newness wears off, then I'd say Hollywood and the media share a good portion of the blame.

"The breakdown of the traditional family is a real issue," and why is that. In my opinion it is because we have gotten away from biblical values and joined forces with the way the world thinks. Use to be divorce, promiscuity, out of wedlock birth, and abortion, were frowned upon. Today it's just common occurrance.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/24/13 - 09:23 am
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Why am I obligated to care?

Marriage has a high failure rate in the industrialized world, mainly because about half of all marriages never should have happened, and who knows how many unhappy couples stay together "for the children" or some other dumb rationalization?

allhans
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allhans 06/24/13 - 09:24 am
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A single mother gets help

A single mother gets help from government agencies (several), the baby daddy stays in the shadows, coming and going through the back door. The agency workers aren't told this and many don't care anyhow.

I know several white families who are doing this and thinks it is their right. After all, everybody else is doing it so I want my share.

As they say, the horse is out of the barn, too late to close the door.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/24/13 - 09:26 am
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Don't underestimate Hollywood

The destruction of the the family kicked into high gear in the early 1970. A strong family unit is the foundation necessary for a strong nation. The black community is the best example. Blacks have always had very strong families and this allowed them to survive slavery, oppression and discrimination from the founding of this country until the 1960s. All of the problems that exist in the black community began when the family unit broke down. Some say this was the master plan of the democratic party and was designed to make and keep them dependent on the welfare state. I tend to agree.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/13 - 09:32 am
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Legislate to Encourage Two Parent Families

Government policies should be directed at encouraging positive results such as two parent families. When 75% of poor children come from one parent families, something is wrong. The goal should be legislation that improves those numbers.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/24/13 - 09:36 am
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It used to be ....
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that women were not allowed the right to vote, the only jobs they might be allowed to do involved laundry, housekeeping, farming, etc. all for no wages. It used to be that if a poor woman wanted an abortion, they would use methods like clothes hangers to induce it. It used to be that women were not allowed into higher education institutions. It used to be that women had no property rights. It used to be that women could not have their own credit cards and credit history. And more......
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Now, women can work and earn 70 cents for every dollar that a man earns. Now, women can have republican legislators require them to have invasive transvaginal ultrasounds before they "might be allowed" to have a safe medical abortion. Now, women can serve in the military where they and men might be raped by any of their fellow comrades or supervisors who can do this without impunity. Now, they can have their own credit cards, bank accounts, credit history. Now, women have the vote and maybe... just maybe... we might see a woman as president in the future.
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RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/24/13 - 09:44 am
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bubba

I don't work but my wife does. I do all the house work....should I be paid?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/13 - 09:46 am
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If some think a transvaginal

If some think a transvaginal ultrasound is invasive, I'm not sure how they tolerate having the uterus sucked out.

deestafford
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deestafford 06/24/13 - 09:45 am
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Don't ever, ever underestimate the influence of propaganda.

Of course, it can be either good or bad, but in the case of gays and degradation of traditional marriage it's all bad if one is a believer in the traditions of history.

By promoting these two issues as "normal'' it can only lead to a further downward spiral of the greatness of America.

Marx and Hitler's propaganda ministers understood how to indoctrinate the populace beginning with the youth and progressing through adults. Our children are bombarded in school from the lowest grades through college with the positive and normality of the gay life style until they accept it as normal. Just look at what is happening in the military with the openly gays. It's changing the entire culture of the military.

The left wants to tear down anything that smacks of American traditions because they hate the America that existed for over 175 years and they control the majority of the media, entertainment and education establishments.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/24/13 - 09:47 am
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bubba

The only people who should be allowed to vote are those working and paying taxes and property owners! BYE BYE democratic party !

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/13 - 09:49 am
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"Who have you heard of that

"Who have you heard of that has foregone matrimony to get freebies?"

Oh, I'm sure there's enough of that. Many people manipulate matters to qualify for this and that from the government. My Uncle Shakey was fired 27 times from the same dredge boat so he could get unemployment compensation.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/24/13 - 09:49 am
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and....
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now we see men who will not get out of the house, get employment, and earn some money but instead.... send their wives out to work and lives off of "their women".

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/24/13 - 09:55 am
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B B B Bubba....I ma glad you

B B B Bubba....I ma glad you agree....this must stop !

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/24/13 - 09:56 am
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fired?
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You are not supposed to get unemployment benefits if you are fired.
If there is a reduction in workforce, then you get unemployment benefits. But then, I suppose that it is like everything else these days... people getting disability SS who are not disabled, people having handicapped parking privileges who are not handicapped, health providers getting medicare or medicaid payments when they have not provided any service to be recompensed for, and wall streeters getting bonuses for destroying the economy with derivatives and credit default swaps, and .... you think up some others.

b b b bubba
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b b b bubba 06/24/13 - 09:57 am
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@rmsheff
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exactly what "this" do you think must stop?

grouse
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grouse 06/24/13 - 09:58 am
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This editorial is a bit like
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This editorial is a bit like Christians crying they are picked on...when they continue to be in the majority. The stories are in the news because of the case facing the Supreme Court, the fact that gays are still being physically attacked...in other words, news...

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/24/13 - 10:01 am
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bubba

Obama expanded short term disability to include mental issues like anxiety and depression so when your unemployment runs out after 2 years we can just switch to disability for 2 more years. I wonder if this could be the reason for disability claims are setting new records each month?

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/24/13 - 10:04 am
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this, this..."now we see men

this, this..."now we see men who will not get out of the house, get employment, and earn some money but instead.... send their wives out to work and lives off of "their women". Men should be working and wives at home.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/13 - 10:11 am
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Candidates for Mayor?

Of our current group of announced candidates for Mayor of Augusta, it would be interesting to know the marital status and dependents of each one.

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