Is this KETK-NBC news report out of Tyler, Texas as bad as the BBC asking whether gays should be executed? Well, only if you have a problem with the chyron operator dubbing Obama’s appointment of so many gays to be “the fall of America,” question mark.
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In fact, is was more than the text on the lower-third: It was the title of KTBB radio host Garth Maier’s segment on whether all these homosexuals serving in the federal government “will be the fall of this country”?
This segment — while it did include folks denouncing the idea that LGBT discrimination is a good thing — and those like it are not about representing all sides of an issue. They are about spreading hate rhetoric. Despite Maier saying voters “can’t avoid the issue” (the “issue” also being the not-shocking news that young people are having sex with members of the same sex), pundits can avoid turning issues of discrimination into opportunities to endorse it.
KETK’s tagline insists viewers will find “news you won’t see anywhere else.” With good reason.
Says the KETK anchor in wrapping up the segment: “Some great comments this morning, a good topic as always.” Not, not at all. [KETK]