Reporting on the California Supreme Court hearing yesterday, NPR reporter Karen Grigsby Bates decided to focus on the people really hurt by Proposition 8, which in her view, means Prop. 8 supporters. She talks with Dave Leatherby, “a devout Roman Catholic father of 10” who runs an ice cream shop in Sacramento and who donated $20,000 to Yes on 8 and who’s “mystified” why gays and lesbians would send him angry emails and phone calls. Bates goes further, saying that all the protests have given “rise to charges that as gay rights advocates tried to change public opinion, some stepped over the line and turned their protest into a witch hunt”, which is a journalisticly weasel way to insert her own opinion into the article. Watch how easy it is:
“Some are now claiming that Karen Grigsby Bates is using public radio to bash gays and lesbians by accusing them of ‘witch hunts’ without bothering to get any quotes from actual gay people.” Except, we actually have an example.
The Stranger‘s Dan Savage is calling on gays, lesbians and allies to call in to NPR and voice their displeasure, saying:
“Gee, maybe a gay person should’ve been asked to respond to those charges. Perhaps a gay person could’ve pointed out that we are under no obligation to patronize businesses that are owned and operated by our enemies, discussed other boycotts launched during other civil rights struggles, and pointed out that gays and lesbians have just as much right as faithful Mormons or devout Roman Catholics to act on our consciences and spend our money accordingly, and, again, that boycotts are a peaceful and legitimate form of protest, not “witch hunts.”
Direct complaints about KGB’s idiotic and unfair “reporting” to NPR’s ombudsman here, or call 202-513-3245.”
Yes, that’s right: We’re calling for a witch hunt on Karen Grigsby Bates.