December 20, 2007

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Nickelodeon channel has announced that they will air a special on love and sex geared for their tween audience in light of the news of Nickelodeon TV actress Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy at the age of 16. The show will reportedly be hosted by Linda Ellerbee, who has a series of news specials on Nickelodeon on events that kids that age will hear about but may not have the sophistication to understand the MSM reports on. I've watched several of these shows--the one about AIDS was wonderfully sensitive and not at all inappropriate in terms of the information given to children--and it's good to see Nickelodeon approaching this head on.

But Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough isn't having any of it. In his mind, Linda Ellerbee has a well-known "left of center" bias (she is an unapologetic liberal) and her show will no doubt endorse children having sex, as long as they wear condoms? WTF??? From what orifice did you pull out that programming note, Joe? Listen as the age of the hypothetical children gets younger and younger and the agenda becomes more and more ridiculous as David Shuster challenges Scarborough on his fear of giving children age-appropriate sex ed facts.

Scarborough: I'm not jumping on the ‘abstinence only' train. I'm just saying I don't want Linda Ellerbee, who has always had a pronounced left of center world view, getting on talking about...talking to 6, 7, 8, 9 year olds about sex. [..]

Schuster: Joe, why are you against sex education? I don't understand that.

Scarborough: I'm not. I'm against people going on and having a high-falutin' attitude. People like you, speaking in condescending tones to those of us that are raising children in the heartland, telling us that our 12 year old kids should be able to have sex, but they just need to have contraceptives.

High-falutin' attitude? Project much, Joe?

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