“To cable news viewers, he’s just the conservative guy who comes on sometimes to talk about gay stuff from a Republican point of view. But Perkins’ own statements will show you that those positions don’t come from politics. They are the result of pure animus towards gay people, and a belief that they’re doing the work of ‘the enemy.’ You can expose how extreme Perkins’ positions are by challenging them, like [Soledad] O’Brien and [Piers] Morgan did. But you’re still not telling the whole story, unless you tell your audience what’s at the heart of those positions. We are once again asking journalists to hold anti-gay activists like Perkins accountable for their own statements against LGBT people, and to deliver that critical information to their audiences.
(Imagine) Wolf Blitzer: “Joining me is Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council, which has been labeled a ‘hate group’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-gay activism.”
Boom. Done. Now the audience knows exactly who Perkins is, and has a pretty good idea of where he’s coming from,
The above are the words of GLAAD’s New and Impoved (AND HOT!) president Herndon Graddick, in a scathing HuffPo piece he wrote slamming CNN for hosting Tony Perkins three times in the 24 hours after Obama’s announcement of his evolved support for same sex marriage.
Finally a breath if fresh air and some straight to the point talk from GLAAD.
Perhaps there might be new life for GLAAD other than “Award Galas” and taking on bad “cross dressing” television sit-coms.