September 22nd, 2009
08:34 PM ET
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is "nothing more than a vulgar cyber-bully".
So says the conservative Culture and Media Institute (CMI) in a new report that chastises the mainstream media for giving Hilton a platform while failing to challenge him for misogynistic and "vile" remarks.
"Perez Hilton has proved that demonstrable talent or skill is no longer a prerequisite for fame," the report says. Ouch!
The CMI blasts Hilton for using the "b-word" to describe The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck and former Miss California Carrie Prejean, outing closeted stars and for re-printing a Margaret Cho blog in which the comedian fantasized about having oral sex with Sarah Palin.
It's not keen on those "doodles" he draws on celeb photos either, especially the ones showing Prejean speaking into a microphone made to look like a member of the male anatomy.
The CMI (a non-profit run by Brent Bozell, the former head of the conservative Parents Television Council) charges the media has given Hilton "a free pass to say and do outrageous things" and spread "his particular brand of venom."
It cites examples of interviews on ABC, CBS and NBC where reporters sugar-coated the content on Hilton's popular website. And it chided HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell (host of "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell") for defending Hilton in his public spat with Prejean.
What's your take on Perez? Is he a cyber-bully or just a cyber-smart aleck?
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