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February 23, 2004
CBS Decries Exploitation? Oh, Please!

CBS's Andy Rooney apparently doesn't like Mel Gibson or his latest movie, The Passion of the Christ. How Rooney has made up his mind without actually seeing the film may strike some as odd, but Rooney has it from a good source that it stinks -- God is Andy's stringer, you see:

I heard from God just the other night. God always seems to call at night.

"Andrew," God said to me. He always calls me "Andrew." I like that. ... As far as Mel Gibson goes, I haven't seen his movie, 'The Passion of the Christ,' because it hasn't opened up here yet. But I did catch Gibson being interviewed by Diane Sawyer. I did something right when I came up with her, didn't I, added God. Anyway, as I was saying, Mel is a real nut case. What in the world was I thinking when I created him? Listen, we all make mistakes."

Rooney takes God's advice and closes his mind, or what's left of it, and then challenges Gibson to answer this question: "How many million dollars does it look as if you're going to make off the crucifixion of Christ?"

Well, gee, I don't know, Andy. How many million dollars do you suppose CBS made off of:

* A made-for-TV movie about Hitler?

* Flacking the career of an entertainer who's been repeatedly accused of child molestation?

* The death of Jon-Benet Ramsey?

* The kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart?

* The utter depravity of the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Bondage Festival (with boob or without)?

Perhaps next time you have one of your conversations with Yahweh, you could ask him to explain to you -- in really small words so you understand -- the meaning of the New Testament passage that reads, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 23, 2004 6:18 PM

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