The gays are mad as hell at MSNBC, and we’re not going to take it anymore.
The problem: We’ve gotten to a point where cable news is giving screen time to the nuttiest of anti-LGBT nuts just to stir up so-called controversy. Inviting weirdos onto a news show may garner ratings, but it’s a problem if they’re making up terrible lies about us.
Take Tony Perkins (please), who regularly pops up on Hardball to say delightful things like, “They say the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a risk to children.” In response, Hardball host Chris Matthews laid into him, saying, “Oh really, Tony? They say that? And who are “they”? Because that is a lie.”
Just kidding—Chris let it slide. Then on a later episode he clarified that “they” was a group of conservative doctors. The end.
It’s ridiculous that people like Perkins—and Matt Barber, Peter LaBarbara, Chuck Colson, et al—keep getting booked on these shows even though they have little or no professional credentials and the data they routinely spout is either made up or discredited by reputable sources.
And that’s why GLAAD’s taking steps to hold the networks accountable.
The media-watchdog group has created dossiers on the worst-of-the-worst of these talking heads and is sending them out to everyone from Hardball to The View. The goal is to make producers realize when they’re about to put someone on the air who maybe is a little tiny itsy-bity teeny-weeny insane. (Of that might be the very reason they got booked.)
Who made the Most Unwanted list?
*There’s Candi Cushman, Focus on the Family’s “education analyst,” who said that gay families are “nothing more than a group of individuals—no more unique than a herd of elephants in the jungle.”
*And World Net Daily editor Joseph Farah, who said that the offices of gay politicians ought to be fumigated.
* NOM President Brian Brown, who promoted an ex-gay conference with the words “prevent your child from embracing this destructive way of life.”
*Brown’s predecessor, Maggie Gallagher, of course. Among her many unsubstantiated claims: “To anyone with even a cursory knowledge of sexual-orientation research, [refusing to call homosexuality a ‘lifestyle choice’] is no longer scientifically tenable.”
* Bob Vander Plaats of the Family Leader, who compared homosexuality to polygamy and adultery and calls gay people a “public health risk” akin to smoking and linked being gay to the national debt. (“When you start going away from core value issues, the ripple effect leads right to economic issues.”)
If you wake up in a few months and think, “Gee, it’s been a long time since someone on Hardball told me I am a risk to children,” you’ll know who to thank.