What Will It Take For News Networks To Stop Inviting Anti-Gay Hate Mongers On The Air?
June 01, 2011 10:04 am ET by Carlos Maza
Last year, The Family Research Council (FRC) was added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of anti-gay hate groups. On its website, the SPLC lays out the case for FRC’s inclusion in the list:
The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, FRC employs a number of “policy experts” whose “research” has allowed FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate.
Now, a new video put together by Dave Evans, gay activists and creator of Such Is Life Videos, compiles just a sampling of the group’s campaign of anti-gay hatred and misinformation over the past few years. The video focuses primarily on statements made by FRC president Tony Perkins and FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg:
As thorough as the video is, it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of FRC’s history of promoting anti-LGBT politics. Here’s a slightly more exhaustive – though far from complete – list of the group’s anti-gay propaganda:
John Aravosis at AMERICAblog has also compiled a pretty thorough list of FRC’s anti-gay positions.
It’s pretty clear that FRC more than deserves its hate group label.
This raises a number of questions, however, about anti-gay politics in the media.
Why do networks like Fox, CNN, and MSNBC continue to provide people like Perkins and Sprigg with on-air platforms by inviting them to debate LGBT issues?
What do people like Perkins and Sprigg have to say before they’re considered too ridiculous and hateful for mainstream television?
Is it really that hard to find conservative commentators that oppose LGBT equality without relying on misinformation and hate speech?
In their effort to appear “fair and balanced,” these major news networks have provided some of the country’s most vile and bigoted anti-gay zealots with a constant source of media attention. Enough is enough.