Hate Group Enforcer: Fox Hosts Tony Perkins To Attack Romney’s Absence At Anti-Gay Event
November 22, 2011 1:28 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Fox News has gone to great lengths to treat Tony Perkins – president of the SPLC-designated hate group Family Research Council (FRC) – as a credible and important figure in Republican politics. The network has invited Perkins on the air to promote his Values Voter Summit, discuss the results of the Iowa straw poll, and assess the Republican candidates’ credentials as social conservatives
His frequent Fox appearances have undoubtedly helped bolster FRC and Perkins’ influence in Republican politics. Just last week, Fox’s Megyn Kelly referred to Perkins as “one of the country’s best known conservative leaders.” In August, Fox’s Mike Huckabee referred to FRC as “one of the most respected family organizations in America.” At every opportunity, the network has worked to turn Perkins into a sort of social conservative-kingmaker, reinforcing his clout with Republican leaders and GOP presidential candidates.
So when Mitt Romney decided not to show up to last weekend’s “Thanksgiving Family Forum” – an event hosted by Iowa’s anti-gay Family Leader and tailored to social conservatives – Fox was quick to invite Perkins to give Romney a verbal lashing on the air. From the November 19 edition of America’s News HQ:
PERKINS: I think he may be trying to take the McCain path to the nomination, which worked for John McCain as he kind of – was more of the moderate in the race and was able to secure the nomination because the others kind of divided up that core base vote. But, as we see, he did not win the presidency... Of all candidates, he needs to be speaking to this constituency and trying to convince them that he is in fact conservative.
If that wasn’t enough, FoxNews.com followed up shortly after, publishing an article about Perkins’ Fox News appearance.
CNN, MSNBC, and Fox have all seem willing to treat Perkins as a powerhouse political figure going into 2012.
Fox News takes it a step further and manufactures a story out of one hate group leader’s disappointment in the failure of a presidential candidate to pander to his every whim.