<I>Variety</I> Editorial

Truth be told, the GOP’s strong showing in the Nov. 5 election shouldn’t send all of Hollywood into a panic. While Clinton may have been the darling of the Malibu set, his administration was one of the most militant when it came to attacking Hollywood for corrupting the masses.

Following the Columbine High School massacre, Clinton directed a Federal Trade Commission report showing that the entertainment industry was marketing violent movies, music and vidgames to kids. The Bush administration could have easily taken up the cause by instructing its FTC appointees to keep their eye on the Coast. But the White House didn’t.

In fact, the most Bush has said on the hot-button subject of content was that Osama bin Laden’s terrorists have gotten the wrong idea about Americans from watching too much Jerry Springer. There hasn’t even been a peep from the vice president’s wife, morality crusader Lynne Cheney.One of Hollywood’s chief nemeses has been Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a longtime anti-Hollywood crusader who recently put pressure on MTV parent Viacom to sanitize Johnny Knoxville’s “Jackass.”

With the GOP regaining control of the Senate, Lieberman will lose the chairmanship of a key committee, a post he used last year to carp at the music biz. It’s safe to say Lieberman’s departure won’t be mourned by the biz.

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