CNN once again showed absolutely no journalistic integrity by hosting the anti-gay Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg on Soledad O’Brien’s Starting Point this morning to discuss President Obama inaugural address and the agenda outlined within it. And of course it was a set up to get Sprigg to talk about the mention of “Stonewall” and “LGBT Euqality.
When O’Brien noted Obama’s vocal support for gay rights of course Sprigg didn’t agree with the president linking the gay rights movement with civil rights for African-Americans and women’s rights. “The irony is,” he contended, “homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else. But that fact that all people are created equal as individuals does not mean all sexual behavior is equal or that all personal relationships have an equal value to society at large.”
There was no mention of course of the extra protections that people of “religion” receive under the 1964 Civil Rights Act that does not include the lesbian and gay population. And of course CNN did not provide a pro-gay voice counter-point to Sprigg’s crazy accusations.
As far as CNN, MSNBC, and major news outlets are concerned this not only about accountability but also journalistic integrity. Having Peter Sprigg comment on gay issues under the “social conservative” banner is no different than having David Duke of the KKK comment on issues about race under the “republican” banner.