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MSNBC’s O’Donnell Hosts Tony Perkins After Calling His Organization A “Complete Joke”

January 13, 2012 2:59 pm ET by Carlos Maza

Last November, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell devoted an entire segment of his show to criticizing the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council (FRC), calling the group a “complete joke” and mocking its president, Tony Perkins, for having a “personal obsession with gay sex”:

O’DONNELL: The Family Research Council raises its money through tax-deductible contributions from sexually obsessed people who love hearing the organization’s president, Tony Perkins, talk about his personal obsession with gay sex.


O’DONNELL: If you suspect that the Family Research Council really is a big joke – I mean a joke that they’re in on, a joke that Tony Perkins and [FRC Senior Fellow] Peter Sprigg and everyone else working at the Family Research Council gets in the same way that you do – they have now, in effect, publicly announced that, yes, this whole Family Research Council thing is a complete joke. [emphasis added]

Unfortunately, it seems O’Donnell’s lost his sense of humor since then.

On Wednesday, the MSNBC host invited Perkins for a more than ten-minute segment to discuss the GOP presidential primary and conservatives’ reservations about supporting Mitt Romney, treating the FRC leader like any other legitimate political commentator:

O’Donnell’s segment highlights the increasingly uncomfortable relationship between Perkins and MSNBC. Although many of MSNBC’s pundits openly criticize anti-gay groups on air, the network consistently relies on the hate group leader to provide political commentary, occasionally showering him with praise while failing to acknowledge his career of anti-LGBT hate mongering.

For now, it looks like the “complete joke” is on MSNBC’s viewers. 

Note: This is Perkins second appearance on MSNBC so far in 2012.


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