The Washington Post and Tony Perkins – What the…?

13 Oct

Utterly destroying the myth of the “liberal media”, the Washington Post chose National Coming Out Day to run an editorial by rabidly anti-gay Tony Perkins of the “Family” Research Council. His article? “Christian compassion requires the truth about harms of homosexuality” (Forgive me for not linking directly; you can get to it through the article linked above if you really want to read his sleaze.)  As usual, Mr. P. trots out a bunch of junk science with no references to “prove” that being gay will rot your soul, lead you to an early grave, and – in all likelihood – leave spots on your good stemware.

Why would the Post give this notorious irrational bigot any press at all? Their justification (if you can call it that) is that it was to provide balance to a live chat with Dan Savage about the It Gets Better project. >writer bangs head on desk< REALLY??? A live chat about a project designed to prevent suicides requires a “balancing” view? Saying what? That suicide isn’t so bad after all (if you’re gay)? After an earthquake, do they publish a balancing column about how it was just God’s tummy rumbling? Do they need a second opinion column about the weather? (Okay, that might actually be handy…)

The lie of balanced journalism has corroded the public discourse beyond belief. Journalistic integrity includes standing behind your words, not finding a nutjob with an unsupportable opinion to make everyone who disagreed with your last article feel better. I support free speech. Tony Perkins is entitled to his moronic, toxic, homophobic opininons. The press has no obligation to print them. Shame on the Washington Post.

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2 Responses to “The Washington Post and Tony Perkins – What the…?”

  1. brad fairchild October 13, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    it’s interesting that the more famous tony perkins was actually gay, and that that his most famous role was the crazy killer in “psycho”.
    this lesser tony perkins fits one of these categories quite well.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 13, 2010 at 6:41 am #

      With his obsession with gays, I fear he fits both roles quite adequately. Someone needs to see if his mother lives in the attic.

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