Thursday, March 31, 2005


My heart aches this morning at the passing of Terri Schiavo. While I am glad that her suffering has ended, I think it is a travesty that she was starved to death. I think there will be dangerous social and judicial repercussions that will haunt our nation for years as a result of this. I am staunchly pro-life and believe that honoring life is what God expects of us.

In other, less important, even frivolous, matters:

1) Ignore the new version of Stepford Wives and rent the 1975 original horror classic. Mrs. Media Matters and I did just that via our subscription to Netflix and were very pleased with the results. The 1970s version with Katherine Ross is better written, more suspenseful and the acting is superb. The recent remake with Nicole Kidman is fluff.

2) It was great to have Lost back last night. After 3 weeks of repeats I was itching for a new episode. And last night did not disappoint. The show is clever, creepy, and contagious. I can't wait each week to find out what other oddity will be explored on the island. My suggestion-- get lost in Lost. Wednesday's Alias episode was also strong. The Mrs. and I enjoyed seeing Marshall shine in a mission. He even saved Ms. Bristow's life. Long live Sydney Bristow.

Rich Seiber


Sunday, March 20, 2005


I am a celebrity guru. I love to follow Hollywood and it's movers and shakers. But most of the time I abhor their morals and politics. But not with Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton. I have admired her pro-life stance for years. And she is a talented, funny lady. Once again she is taking her talent, popularity and her morals and putting them to good use -- speaking out on behalf of Terri Schiavo. I applaud her efforts.



Saturday, March 19, 2005


This week and weekend are proof that sometimes politicians really can do the right thing, and good things. Here are two examples.

1) As I write this, Congress is working feverishly over the weekend to save Terri Schiavo's life. More power to them. As a believer in the right to life movement, I believe it is wrong for a Florida judge and Terri's husband to condemn her to death on hearsay testimony. She doesn't have a written statement that spells out her wishes in this situation. Therefore, I think we must err on the side of life and keep this woman hooked up to her feeding tube. Praise God for her family and their willingness to stand by her. Pray for Terri.

2) The US Senate voted this week to approve drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). It is about time. With gas prices nearing $3 a gallon, as a nation we must do everything possible to provide alternatives to dependence on oil from the Middle East. We can drill responsibly in the Alaskan wilderness and we should have been doing it for years. Thank God for a Republican majority.



Thursday, March 17, 2005


Last night's episode of Alias was pretty good, but no where near as exciting as the previous week's show. The only great action sequence in last night's program was when Sydney beat up the guy with the car door. That was cool. But her first disguise was hideous -- that wig made her nose look 3 inches longer. Can you say Barbra Streisand? I liked the character of Sam and the whole story line of the average Joe getting caught up in the high stakes world of espionage and intrigue. He was a likeable enough guy. But alas, the episode had no cliffhanger and no real purpose toward the overall goal of exposing Sloane and solving the Rambaldi mystery. So while it was entertaining, it wasn't very enlightening. And I still have no idea what to think of Jack and his behavior of late. I really want him to be a good guy in the end.

Thanks for reading.



Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Here are some of my rambled thoughts on this Tuesday evening.

1) I think gay marriage is a bad idea for America. Individuals have the right to be gay, of course. This is America. But marriage is a privilege. Hat tip to Bill O'Reilly for advancing this argument on "The Radio Factor." And I think marriage should be defined as an act entered into by only one man and one woman. I think if California (and ultimately the entire nation) embraces gay marriage, it will be a morally dangerous decision for our society.

2) I am totally hooked on Kelly Clarkson's new single "Breakaway." I believe it was featured in Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. The song is infectious, catchy and fun. So if you pull up alongside me at a stoplight and see me belting it out at the top of my lungs, feel free to join in. Or you can just laugh at me.

3) I hope that the Republicans in the US Senate have the courage to use the "nuclear" option. The President's judicial nominees deserve an up or down vote. Prevent the Democrats from filibustering the nominees. We need more conservative judges in the courts and I say it is high time the Republicans did what needs to be done in order to help make that happen.

4) When I married the lovely Mrs. Media Matters, I inherited two cats, Fiona and Smokey. I just want it clarified that they are good, conservative, RepubliCATS.



Friday, March 11, 2005


Here are my thoughts on this Friday morning:

1. Dan Rather's departure came about 15 years too late. Nevertheless I am glad to see him go. What America needs isn't his admonition to have "courage", instead it needs less liberal loons in power in America's newsrooms. Maybe Katie Couric and Keith Olbermann could be inspired by Rather's departure and decide to do likewise. In any case, conservatives all over the nation are celebrating Rather's demise.

2. You gotta love Ann Coulter.

3. Wednesday's Alias rocked! It was one of the best, most suspenseful episodes of the season. The helicopter stunt with Sydney was totally cool. And the plot twists between Jack and Sloane were very clever. Am I naive in that I still hope that Jack turns out to be a good guy?

Tell me what you think.



Wednesday, March 09, 2005


You know me, I'm all about using the new media for doing some good. And here's your chance. The lovely Mrs. Media Matters will be doing some good of her own on Saturday April 30, 2005 when she participates in Walk America for the March of Dimes. This organization raises funds to help premature babies have a better chance at survival. It is a worthwhile cause and I am proud of my wife for her yearly involvement in this endeavor. Please go to Stephanie's page and support her and the March of Dimes. Plus if you do, it will prove that my blog has readers. March on!



Sunday, March 06, 2005


This has been a strong year for TV. Mrs. Media Matters and I are hooked on a number of weekly series. In particular, ABC has had a huge year. They have rebounded big time with hits like Lost and Desperate Housewives. And returning shows such as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Alias are also performing well. It's been a long time since the alphabet network had this much to get excited about. But ABC isn't the only shining example. Fox's House has also been a bright spot. NBC's The Apprentice continues to entertain. And Mrs. Media Matters is fond of Medical Investigation and hopes it doesn't get cancelled. Of all of the series I am hooked on this season, most of them are dramas. The hour-long drama is enjoying a resurgence this year. It's about time.



Saturday, March 05, 2005


Here are some of my thoughts on this spring Saturday morning.

1) US Senator Rick Santorum faces a tough re-election battle in 2006. Senator Santorum is a godly man and a true conservative Republican. I am inclined to support him 100% and I hope the GOP can keep his presence in the US Senate.

2) Fox has ordered a second season of House, the new medical drama starring Hugh Laurie. That means we're guaranteed at least 44 episodes of this program. This oddly predictable drama is a favorite of my family, as me and Mrs. Media Matters watch it every Tuesday night, as do my brother and my sister. So the Seibers love House. It appears much of America does as well. Surely, some of the show's ratings success can be credited to following American Idol, the most popular show on TV. But I think people also enjoy watching every week to see what strange, obnoxious comments will come out of Laurie's mouth. Dr. House is a great doctor to watch, but you would never want him as your own healthcare practitioner. He is a brute. But for the sake of good TV, doctor, don't heal thyself.


Thursday, March 03, 2005


Although the ratings are down, I am still enjoying my weekly appointment with The Apprentice. Mrs. Media Matters and I watch faithfully every week, and argue over who should get fired. As of now, I believe Alex has the best chance at being named season 3's Apprentice. Donald Trump and his super producer, Mark Burnett, may feel some PC pressure to name a female and/or a minority as the Apprentice since the first two winners have both been white males. If that is the case, then I think Tana has a good shot at winning it all. But Alex is still my first choice. He is personable and I think he is smart and a hard worker. With only a few more weeks to go, we'll see if my predictions need to hear The Donald say "you're fired!"

Rich Seiber


Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Here are my thoughts on this Wednesday morning.

US Senator Robert Byrd (Democrat, West Virginia) is a buffoon. His comparison of Senate Republicans to Hitler is absurd and deeply disturbing. He needs to be replaced by the good people of West Virginia as soon as possible. The man is old, senile and stupid. And his racist past and ongoing racist comments are unacceptable. If he were a Republican and he had said these things, the media and the Democrats would be demanding his resignation. But since he is a Democrat they let him get away with this stuff. Hopefully the blogs and talk radio won't allow him to keep his job. West Virginia is a red state that voted for President Bush. May the people of West Virginia demand a Senatorial change as well.

President Bush's dramatic foreign policy initiatives in Afghanistan and Iraq are paying huge dividends. Now Egypt is being forced into adopting more democratic principles in their elections. And in Lebanon, citizens are protesting by the thousands for democracy and to force the Syrians out of there country. Praise God. Freedom is on the march. As President Bush has said, let it reign.

Rich Seiber