Fox Invites Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins To Comment On Sexual Harassment Scandal
November 11, 2011 5:10 pm ET by Carlos Maza
As we predicted last month, the run up to the 2012 presidential election is proving to be a publicity goldmine for Tony Perkins, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council.
Major news networks, including CNN and MSNBC, have repeatedly turned to the notorious anti-gay hate-monger for his thoughts on the GOP primary, treating him like an enlightened spokesman for American conservatives.
Fox News, however, has a special place in its heart for the hate group leader. On Friday, Perkins made his sixth appearance in three months on Fox, appearing on Megyn Kelly's America Live to discuss the sexual harassment allegations targeted at GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.
In a tease for the upcoming segment, Kelly referred to Perkins as one of the country's "top family values conservatives":
Later on, Kelly called Perkins "one of the country's best known conservative leaders":
During the interview, Kelly asked Perkins for his thoughts on Cain, Romney, and the rest of the GOP primary field:
Perkins explained that he has a "hard time believing" the sexual harassment allegations made against Cain (who is himself a proud FRC supporter). He derided the "liberal press" - which, of course, continues to invite him on the air - for attacking conservatives like Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
Perkins also expressed his concerns about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whom Perkins claimed supports "special rights for homosexuals."
As usual, Perkins was treated like a legitimate, mainstream, and credible source of conservative commentary about the 2012 election. Instead of acknowledging Perkins' career of hate-filled attacks against LGBT people or ties to white supremacist organizations, Kelly touted him as a prominent and influential conservative voice.
In addition to Fox, CNN and MSNBC have also played a role in making Tony Perkins one of the "best known conservative leaders" in America. When the 2012 election is over and the three major cable news networks return to their typical news cycles, it's the millions of LGBT Americans who will be forced to deal with the damage that Perkins can do with his new found political power.