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MSNBC Invites Tony Perkins To Condemn Extreme Comments At Values Voter Summit

October 13, 2011 4:43 pm ET by Carlos Maza

At last weekend’s Values Voter Summit, Texas pastor and Rick Perry-supporter Robert Jeffress ignited a controversy after he referred to Mormonism as a cult.

During the October 13 edition of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, host Chuck Todd invited Tony Perkins – president of the Family Research Council – to ask why conservatives weren’t more forceful in denouncing Jeffress’ remarks:

Unsurprisingly, Perkins scrambled to downplay the controversy, explaining that he and his organization were more interested in “building coalitions around shared values” than focusing on "theological differences."

The irony, of course, is that Perkins is no stranger to making outrageous, divisive, and deplorable comments, including calling pedophilia “a homosexual problem” and arguing that LGBT youth commit suicide because they know they’re “abnormal.”

Perkins’ FRC, which hosted the Values Voter Summit, has even been labeled an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its long history of producing anti-gay propaganda.

Following what has become a pattern with Perkins’ media appearances, MSNBC’s Todd failed to identify Perkins as the leader of a hate group, failed to mention Perkins’ ties to white supremacist organizations, and failed to even acknowledge Perkins’ history of extreme homophobia.

In August, MSNBC invited both Perkins AND Jeffresswithin hours of one another – to discuss their thoughts on Rick Perry’s entering into the presidential race. Jeffress even referred to Perkins as a “friend” during his interview.

Despite Jeffress having made a number of damaging anti-gay remarks, including claiming that homosexuality “is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands every year through AIDS,” MSNBC found no need to address either of its extreme guests while relying on them for political insight.

In other words, MSNBC turned to an anti-gay hate monger to explain away the remarks of another anti-gay hate monger after treating both of them as legitimate sources of conservative commentary on national television.

If Todd is really so interested in figuring out why people like Jeffress get away with making outrageous remarks, maybe he should focus on the major news outlets’ consistent failure to hold them accountable for what they’ve said. 


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