Grrr! The Liberal Double Standard

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    A good "Grrr!" Column on <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,161143,00.html" target=_blank">FoxNews.com</a>:

    Yes, Tom Cruise (search) is overexposed, and I've written so much about him over the past few weeks I am beginning to question my sexuality ... well, not really.

    But I am Grrr'd beyond belief at the liberal double standard being practiced over at the venerable "Today" show.

    Al Roker went on the record with this quote, after Cruise got into a heated argument with Matt Lauer on the pros and cons of antidepressant drugs:

    "You're an actor, not a med student."

    Roker backpedaled from his statement even as he made it:

    "But the best part about being American is that you can say whatever the heck you want in this country, as loopy and as goofy as it might sound."

    Well that's true, Al, but I question your timing.

    I don't know about antidepressant drugs or the Scientology behind Cruise's feelings about them, and I am definitely not defending what he said about Brooke Shields and her decision to go on medication for post-partum depression, but I do know this: Neither you nor anybody else over at the "Today" show said anything of the kind when actors like Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Ashton Kutcher, Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks and Jon Bon Jovi were spouting off about the Bush administration during the election.

    Where were you then, Al? Because "you're an actor, not a foreign-policy expert" came to my mind plenty last November.

    Oh, I see. It's easy to come out against Cruise these days. He's no longer repped by the most powerful public relations firm in the world, so there's no danger of losing the next big star for upsetting such a high-profile client.

    And after all, it's plain as day that Cruise's star is fading faster than Russell Crowe's "Cinderella Man" disappeared from theaters. Cruise is acting like a whack-job, frankly. But hey, like I said in previous columns, the guy's in love. So what if he's a little kooky about it? After 25 years in the spotlight, it's about time the guy cracked up a bit, isn't it?

    Maybe he should get his heart stapled. Maybe then

    Maybe he should get his heart stapled. Maybe then he wouldn't act so in love.

    And since so much of this negative press does have to do with Cruise not being repped by the big PR firm to the stars, he might finally see just how phony all the love from the elite media has been all of these years.

    Sycophants, Tom — all of them. Maybe now you'll realize who your true friends are.

    If Roker's statement wasn't strong enough to get the "Today" show spin on antidepressant drugs, Katie Couric followed up with a story about them, interviewing Dr. Steven Sharfstein, who said:

    "Cruise might be a halfway decent actor, but when he plays doctor he's being totally irresponsible."

    Totally irresponsible? Come on! And let's not forget that it was Lauer who brought it up. As far as Cruise was concerned, he was there to profess his love for Katie Holmes, err, promote "War of the Worlds."
     

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