By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – This commentary is especially aimed at those of you trying to raise your kids to be kind, caring adults when they grow up, never an easy task when the popular culture is so aggressively confronting them with vileness.

And this presidential race isn’t making it any easier, is it?

During a speech in New Hampshire Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama hit a nerve when she denounced Donald Trump for his now-infamous recorded comments a decade ago in which he bragged about forcing himself on women, using language, as Mrs. Obama put it, “so obscene that many of us are worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the TV.”

For me, that brought back bad memories of the mid-1990s and the Bill Clinton sex scandals, an era the Trump campaign is eagerly revisiting these days. I remember driving my 10-year-old son and a friend to school one day and listening in horror as they discussed the president’s contention that a certain type of sexual contact wasn’t really sexual contact.

You can and, I’m sure, will make up your own mind about which candidate does or doesn’t have the standing to criticize others for their moral standards. And frankly, as a rule, I don’t look to politicians for guidance on morals. That is the province of parents, grandparents, respected peers, teachers and religious leaders.

But I bet I speak for many parents when I say it would be nice if presidential candidates, Hollywood producers, big time sports heroes and others who play prominent roles in our public life and seek to profit off those roles would spend more time thinking about what they’re teaching our kids.

Comments (19)
  1. mstarvin says:

    “… it would be nice if … big time sports heroes … would spend more time thinking about what they’re teaching our kids.”
    , l
    Yeah right! Just like what perfidious, lying, cheating Brady is teaching. He could have stood up for his “friend” Trump. But he didn’t. The Clinton machine must have gotten to Gisele, who threatened to cut off Tom’s allowance if he didn’t clam up. Typical liberal toady.

    1. paul dowd says:

      Brady isn’t Trump’s friend. Trump has no friends. People that aren’t Trump are only objects that either can help Trump get more money, like Brady, get Trump sexual satisfaction, like the young women he assaults, or they are useless losers.

    2. mstarvin says:

      In case anyone wondered this useless troll has decided to use my screen name…

  2. mikey says:

    Another disgraceful culture failure is that many people today aren’t parents – just spawners.

  3. kek says:

    And Wikileaks has become the investigative journalism of America as the mainstream media including CBS has morphed into a surrogate super PAC mouthpiece of the DNC. #deathofjournalism

    1. mstarvin says:

      You are an idiot!

      1. kek says:

        Wow what an in-depth comeback. Your intellect is off the charts. Do Darwin a favor and jump in front of a train. #professoradhominem

    2. paul dowd says:

      Give The Washington Post credit for exposing the “access Hollywood tape”. If that had not been made public this pervert might have won the presidency. Also, The New York Times deserves credit for publishing the stories of some of Trump’s sexual assault and standing up against Trump’s phony threats of law suits. Score one for the American free press.

      1. paul dowd says:

        That should have been….The New York Times deserves credit for publishing the stories of some of Trump’s sexual assault victims and standing up against Trump’s phony threats of law suits.

      2. Concerned American says:

        Yeah, give the left-leaning Washington Post credit for something leaked to them strategically by a Clinton surrogate – a video that was held until it would produce maximum effect for the Clinton campaign.

        American “free press”, all right.

      3. Bengals2 says:

        I’m sure you were passing out an abundance of credit for those sources that exposed all of Bill Clinton’s sexual assaults and infidelities. I’m sure you “scored one for the American free press”. Hypocrite…..

  4. The Owl says:

    I think, Jon, that you have downplayed the most important part of your story/discussion:

    Politician’s HAVE NO MORALS AND ETHICS when it comes to promoting their own futures.

    And that point is, at root, the core issue in presidential election of 2016.

    Whoever gets elected are and will be damaged merchandise, damaged to the point of not being able effectively to govern.

  5. mstarvin says:

    “Parents Are Moral Leaders, Not Politicians”

    Your assertion that parents can’t be politicians is laughable. Bill and Hill are parents to ugly Chelsea. And Donald Trump has a whole gaggle of Trumpettes.

  6. Time to move to WCVB. See ya! says:

    WBZ – Your comments threads have become a cesspool. This is what I’d expect from Gawker or Reddit, not from a CBS affiliate. I guess this just demonstrates that mainstream media will do anything to get clicks.

    1. mstarvin says:

      Buh, bye!

      (Don’t let the door hit you in the … butt)

      1. Told you guys that people like mstavin would show up! says:

        And mstavin is one of the main contributors to the cesspool.

      2. mstarvin says:

        It isn’t me….seems that WBZ no longer ties your screen name with your email and this troll is posing as me.

  7. BH says:

    Like teaching your child not to be a Plagiarist .

  8. Andrew says:

    Parents cannot be moral leaders when public schools delegitimize parental authority and teach children as young as ten exactly how to “safely” perform the sex acts you didn’t want described on the news. You don’t want your kids discussing varieties of sex acts? Then get the discussion out of the schools and the authority back to parents.

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