conservative groups mobilized to get votes for American Candidate Park.

conservative groups mobilized to get votes for American Candidate Park.
How did conservative Park Gillespie manage to win Showtime’s American Candidate, considering the network’s primary audience probably isn’t all that conservative? Heck, even Park referred to Showtime as “arguably the most godless network on television.” The answer: Conservative groups mobilized to support him, encouraging even non-Showtime subscribers to vote. According to the New York Times, “the Home School Legal Defense Association sent an e-mail ‘action alert’ under the headline ‘Homeschool Dad on the Front Lines’ to its 81,000 families urging calls to vote for Mr. Gillespie.” Additionally, “Focus on the Family sent e-mail messages encouraging its supporters to call in votes for Mr. Gillespie even if they were not Showtime subscribers” and “[c]onservative radio shows also took up his cause.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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