Fox’s Starnes Peddles FRC Talking Points Over Kentucky T-Shirt Controversy
April 03, 2012 3:47 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes is working hard to position himself as the mouthpiece for anti-gay hate groups at Fox News.
On Monday, he published an article about “Hands On Originals,” a Lexington, Kentucky T-shirt company currently under investigation by the city’s Human Rights Commission for refusing to provide services to a local gay rights organization. At issue is whether the company’s refusal is a violation of Lexington’s Fairness Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Not wanting to pass up on an opportunity to fearmonger about the ‘gay agenda,’ Starnes concluded his article by uncritically quoting Tony Perkins, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-gay “hate group” Family Research Council (FRC). The quotation appears to come directly from FRC’s March 29 Washington Update:
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, condemned the attacks on the t-shirt company and said Adamson has as much freedom to reject homosexuality as his customers do to endorse it.
“The Left still insists that personal morality take a backseat to its radical agenda,” Perkins said. “Whether it’s a t-shirt company, wedding photographer, or the church, homosexuals will not be satisfied until they compel us to either spread their perversion or promote it.” [emphasis added]
Later that day, Starnes took to his Twitter account to promote a Facebook page in support of “Hands On Originals,” which he described as being “under attack from gay activists”:
Given Starnes’ track record of trying to peddle anti-gay talking points disguised as news, it’s no wonder that Perkins personally thanked him last year for covering the kinds of stories right-wing groups love to hear.