Top Five Cultural Events in 2008

capturedMedia Bias Was Top Cultural Event in 2008, Group Asserts

Movieguide®, a family guide to movies, entertainment and culture named media bias as the top cultural event in 2008, spokesman and founder Dr. Ted Baehr said today.

“Independent researchers (such as the Pew Research Center) have confirmed that the national news media was biased two to one for Obama and against McCain in the presidential elections,” Dr. Baehr said. “Even liberals like Geraldine Ferraro, a Hillary Clinton supporter, and the comics at Saturday Night Live recognized the media’s fawning support for Obama’s candidacy.

“What people may not realize, however,” Dr. Baehr added, “is that the media in 2008 was also biased against faithful Christians, especially those who support Prop. 8 in California, the proposition that favored traditional marriage.”

Baehr predicted that the vote for Prop. 8 would have been even more lopsided if the media had covered the issue fairly and objectively.

The Top Five Cultural Events in 2008, according to Movieguide®, are:

Media bias.

The decline in attendance at the movie box office in 2008, where admissions dropped 5%.

The success of clean movies, especially animated movies, at the box office, including such hits as “Wall-E,” “Kung Fu Panda,” Madagascar:  Escape to Africa,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Bolt,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” and “High School Musical 3.”

Movieguide® and the Concerned Women for America’s successful campaign to get the controversial child rape movie, “Hounddog,” pulled from theaters.

The cultural move toward the Internet, including teenagers and young adults downloading movies from the Internet to watch on their laptops instead of in theaters or on television.

“The mass media creates the culture that teaches our children and grandchildren,” Dr. Baehr noted. “Whatever direction the mass media travels, that’s where America’s spirit will be.”

Movieguide® is a publication of the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry, also founded by Dr. Baehr, dedicated to redeeming the values of the entertainment industry according to biblical principles.

Movieguide® will host its 17th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., where it will honor the top movies for families and mature audiences, and the most inspiring movies, television programs and acting performances.

Last year’s top winners included “Amazing Grace,” “Ratatouille,” “Enchanted,” “Bella,” “Spider-Man 3,” “I Am Legend,” Eduardo Verástegui of “Bella,” and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “The Valley of Light” on CBS.