From the November 22 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
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Rush Limbaugh said today that the media are refusing to identify former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with child molestation, as gay, due to the influence of a powerful "gay lobby." Last week, Limbaugh said discussing this "elephant in the room" would "end my career."
A caller asked Limbaugh today about the "elephant in the room" that he had mentioned. The caller said that "we're always told that homosexuals are not pedophiles, but in this case, he sure was. And the same thing with Michael Jackson." Limbaugh replied, "Nah, not pedophiles, but I do think it's the elephant in the room that is never -- it's not called a homosexual problem or scandal or -- see there -- and the reason, there's a very powerful political gay movement, and it's oriented towards supporting the Democrat Party."
Limbaugh also said he didn't "want to be misunderstood." He explained:
LIMBAUGH: Sandusky does not represent all of homosexuality, just like the priests in the Catholic Church don't represent all of homosexuality, just like the aberrant criminals in heterosexual society don't represent all heterosexuals. But because the gay lobby is very powerful, people don't go there. People don't address it, they don't talk about it, and as such, an element of the problem never gets dealt with.
Limbaugh asserted, apparently without any evidence whatsoever, that "Sandusky has to be -- he's a gay guy. Nobody's mentioning that aspect, because it's just too dangerous."
Whether Sandusky is gay or not is totally immaterial. Experts say that men who molest young boys aren't necessarily gay, and there is no credible link between homosexuality and pedophilia.
While there's plenty of well-deserved blame to go around for Penn State's handling of the horrific abuse scandal at their school, some conservatives have determined that there's a larger villain that deserves the lion's share of responsibility for what happened.
Opponents of equal rights for gays and lesbians often resort to the canard that tolerance of homosexuality damages the very fabric of our nation and does nebulous (though grave) harm to families and society as a whole.
Because their predictions of things like "anarchy" in New York in the event of the legalization of gay marriage never pan out, anti-gay activists are forced to make absurd leaps of logic in order to blame acceptance of homosexuality for a whole host of society's ills.
Enter Joseph Farah, editor of conservative website WorldNetDaily, who holds the impressive distinction of managing to stand out as a crackpot even among the fever swamps of far-right conservative online media.
In a WND column titled, "Penn State: A comfortable place for child rape," Farah says, "There are new rules in effect regarding what types of sexual behavior is appropriate and lawful." Farah posits that these "new rules" have moved "the lines between right and wrong sexual behavior" and that these "sudden moral changes ... may explain why our system failed the victimized children in the sex scandal at Penn State."
The "new rules" Farah refers to are, predictably, the fact that homosexuality is no longer viewed as a "disorder" and a "perversion," but is accepted (or, as Farah puts it, "considered a virtue").
Last year, the right-wing Media Research Center launched an attack on an art exhibit on gay self-portraiture at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, with particular focus on one item: a video by artist David Wojnarowicz that includes a few seconds of an image of ants crawling over a crucifix. The Catholic League, for which MRC chief Brent Bozell serves as an adviser, soon joined the pile-on. The Smithsonian ultimately succumbed to the right-wing pressure and removed the video from the exhibit.
Now, the "Hide/Seek" exhibit has moved to a new venue, the Brooklyn Museum. And the manufactured outrage has begun anew.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue initially said he wouldn't he wouldn't fight the exhibit and the Wojnarowicz video, telling the New York Daily News, "We can't be like in a dog and pony show every time they show the stupid video." Donohue apparently changed his mind, issuing a press release on the exhibit the same day the Daily News published his remarks. In the release, Donohue attacked the museum for hosting the exhibit and declared that Wojnarowicz, who died of AIDS in 1992, "died of self-inflicted wounds":
The fact is that the artist who made the vile video died of self-inflicted wounds: he died of AIDS. The homosexual, David Wojnarowicz, hated the Catholic Church (had he lived by its teachings, he would not have self-destructed). He once referred to Cardinal John O'Connor as a "fat cannibal," and labeled the Catholic Church a "house of walking swastikas." Sounds like the words of a bigot.
Meanwhile, the MRC's Penny Starr, reporter for its "news" division, CNSNews.com, was back on the case as well. In a November 15 CNS article, Starr highlighted Catholic criticism of the Wojnarowicz video "depicting Jesus Christ on a cross with ants crawling over him," described the "Hide/Seek" exhibition as "gay erotic" without attribution, and put "art" in scare quotes when describing previous Brooklyn Museum exhibitions.
Missing from Starr's report was any mention of the artist's intent regarding the 11-second shot of the ants on the crucifix. As The Washington Post reported in December:
Ants, for Wojnarowicz, were a mysterious stand-in for humanity and part of a lifelong fascination with the natural world that his friend, artist Kiki Smith, recalls was part of a charmingly boyish rapture with creepy, crawling things. When asked what he thought of God, he responded by wondering rhetorically "why ants aren't the things that destroy the world instead of people." There is a host of theological possibility in that thought: Is God as indifferent to humans as humans are to ants? Should we love the small things of the planet as we hope to be loved by God?
But who needs nuance or comprehensive reporting when there's anti-gay outrage to manufacture?
Sean Hannity hosted WorldNetDaily (WND) founder Joseph Farah on his Fox News show to discuss whether the allegations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain are valid "from a journalistic perspective." Yet Farah has a long history of outrageous statements, smears, and conspiracy theories.
MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan has a long history of bigoted commentary in his books, columns, speeches, memos, and media appearances. Here are a few of his worst moments on MSNBC.
In a November 2 Washington Times review of Laura Ingraham's "Of Thee I Zing," Jeffrey Kuhner wrote that "homosexuality and sodomy have been elevated to the sacred status of marriage." Kuhner went on to write that "we have created a culture of death." From the Times:
This is the larger theme of Laura Ingraham's latest blockbuster, "Of Thee I Zing." The popular, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host is a rare breed in today's media landscape: a flinty cultural conservative who defends traditional America against the relentless assault of secular liberalism.
What Ms. Ingraham describes is the natural, almost inevitable culmination of the 1960s sexual revolution. Radical leftists championed personal liberation and a godless society. They began what they called the "long march through the institutions." They have succeeded. They now occupy the commanding heights of our culture - the dominant media, universities, public schools, Hollywood, television, the entertainment industry, nongovernmental organizations and the arts. Even many religious institutions have been infiltrated.
The result has been a sea of misery. Abortion has slaughtered nearly 50 million unborn babies. Millions have died from AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Out-of-wedlock teenage births have skyrocketed. Divorce has soared. The family has broken down. Drugs, pornography and permissiveness are rampant. Homosexuality and sodomy have been elevated to the sacred status of marriage. In some school districts, such as in New York City, 10- and 11-year-old students are being taught all manner of sexual practices. In short, we have created a culture of death.
The Human Rights Campaign today released the following statement:
HRC Joins Media Matters' Call for MSNBC to Sanction Pat Buchanan
Longtime paid political analyst defends his homophobic stance
WASHINGTON- The Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest civil rights organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality - joins Media Matters' call on MSNBC and its parent company, NBCUniversal, to sanction contributor Pat Buchanan, who has a long history of making public anti-gay statements. Most recently, Buchanan told NPR's The Diane Rehm Show that homosexuality is "unnatural."
"I believe that homosexuality is -- that it is unnatural activity. Unnatural and immoral," Buchanan told host Diane Rehm on October 25. "I would say that kind of conduct should be discouraged in a good society, in a healthy society."
Every credible major medical and mental health organization in the United States has stated that homosexuality is normal, and attempts to alter or oppress a person's sexual orientation can be dangerous and damaging.
"While Pat Buchanan is free to hold and express his views, the fact that MSNBC has given him a public platform to spew this sort of dangerous rhetoric is unacceptable, "said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "MSNBC should sanction Mr. Buchanan, as his extremist ideas are incredibly harmful to millions of LGBT people around the world."
During his tenure as a political commentator for MSNBC, Buchanan has made a number of bigoted, racist, and anti-Semitic comments for which he has been reprimanded.
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From the October 25 edition of NPR's The Diane Rehm Show:
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In his new book Suicide of a Superpower, MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan attacks the idea of gays serving in the military as an "indoctrination of recruits, soldiers, and officers into an acceptance of the gay life style" and calls same-sex marriage an "absurd notion of equality." Buchanan has a long history of anti-LGBT bigotry. He has called gays "sodomites" and said they are "literally hell-bent on Satanism and suicide"; called homosexuality a "disorder" that can be handled with therapy; and said that in "a healthy society, it will be contained, segregated, controlled, and stigmatized."
From the October 18 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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From the October 7 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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Tea party darling and CNN contributor Dana Loesch has decided to engage in some audacious revisionism in order to defend conservatives from criticism over the booing of a gay soldier at a Republican presidential debate.
Loesch's re-imagining concerned the Fox News-Google debate during which a question given by Stephen Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq, elicited audible booing from the audience. Media figures and even some Republican presidential candidates have condemned the booing.
At a fundraiser yesterday, President Obama also condemned the booing while criticizing aspects of the modern-day Republican Party:
Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what's happened to that party, are puzzled by what's happening to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change, it's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay.
Loesch responded on Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism, claiming that President Obama had deliberately lied about the booing.
As evidence that Obama was lying, Loesch linked to a previous blog post she had written, claiming that she had "thoroughly debunked" the booing story.
But her previous blog actually confirms the fact that the soldier was booed at the debate.
In a September 23 Washington Times column, Robert Knight compared President Obama to Rodney King, complained Obama does not speak "on behalf of the United States" and claimed Obama turned the military into the "largest homosexual-sensitivity training unit in history." From The Washington Times:
But the real message seemed to be Mr. Obama's taking the dais as king of the world. He touched on every theme imaginable to make "our children" happy, wealthy and wise. He talked about curing various diseases; stopping war and climate change; advancing science, prosperity and, yes, even homosexual rights, throwing in a line suited to a fundraiser in San Francisco.
Of course, with his converting the U.S. military into the largest homosexual-sensitivity training unit in history this week, why should we be surprised?