He’s Back: Tony Perkins Makes First Fox News Appearance Of 2012
January 11, 2012 3:31 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Ten days. That’s how long Fox News was
able to last in 2012 before inviting Tony Perkins – president of the anti-gay
hate group Family Research Council (FRC) – back on the air.
On Wednesday – after an entire month of
Perkins-free airwaves – Fox News invited the hate group leader to discuss a
Supreme Court case dealing with federal restrictions against obscenity on
As Equality Mattersnoted last December,
Fox News has developed a close relationship with Perkins, frequently inviting
him to comment on issues ranging from LGBT equality to the GOP presidential
primary while failing to identify him as the leader of a hate group.
The question now is whether networks
like MSNBC and CNN will follow Fox’s example. Both networks frequently hosted
Perkins in 2011, but have not used him as a guest since early December.
One major test will come next week.
Over the weekend, some of the country’s most prominent conservative Christian
leaders will be meeting
in Texas to discuss which GOP presidential candidate they should rally behind.
Perkins has already stated that he won’t
be able to attend the meeting, but he’s frequently been relied upon by news
networks to speak on behalf of social conservatives.
Will MSNBC and CNN mimic Fox,
continuing to treat Perkins as a legitimate source of political analysis while
whitewashing his extreme, anti-gay
Or will 2012 be the year that MSNBC
and CNN finally decide that career hate-mongers shouldn’t be treated like harmless commentators on
Hours after appearing of Fox News’ America Live, Perkins was a guest on
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir to discuss –
surprise, surprise – the GOP presidential primary:
Perkins last appeared on MSNBC during
the December 8
edition of Jansing & Co.