In a world where the so-called liberal media are desperate to demonstrate their editorial balance, homophobic monsters often serve as commentators on news programs. Even though opposing civil rights is bigotry, not balance, cowardly editorial policies often allow the likes of Matt Barber, Maggie Gallagher, and Tony Perkins to spew their hate as though it was a reasonable counterpoint. This week GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) launched a new project to help counter the use of representatives of designated hate groups as reasonable contributors to the national dialogue.
The Commentator Accountability Project provides profiles of over two dozen of the most nefarious and frequently heard anti-gay bigots. GLAADCAP does the research that effective reporting organizations ought to do for themselves, demonstrating the true nature of these people who are often careful to moderate their commentary on national news programs. GLAAD describes the Project in this way:
[It] is designed to shine a big, bright light on the extreme views of the vast majority of prominent anti-LGBT talkers. Bizarre allusions to Nazi Germany. Frequent accusations of satanic influence. Apocalyptic predictions for a world in which LGBT citizens are treated equally. Vile claims that the AIDS epidemic is God’s judgment. Dehumanizing comparisons of loving same-sex relationships to crime, drug abuse, alcoholism, or “jumping off a 10-story building.” The truth is, many newsrooms don’t actually know the extent of the animosity that these anti-LGBT activists hold towards the LGBT community. They’re often careful not to say these things in the mainstream media. But get them speaking to right-wing radio or writing statements to their supporters and you see them in a whole new way.
Thank you, GLAAD for providing this great tool for seeing the true words and feelings of the truly IMbalanced bigots in the anti-gay army.