CNN has once again shown its lack of intelligence and journalistic integrity by hosting Ken Blackwell of the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council to discuss the nationally televised kiss between gay NFL draftee Michael Sam and his boyfriend, resulting in a segment that included questions about whether homosexuality is a sin and a choice.
On May 11, the St. Louis Rams announced that they had drafted the former University of Missouri defensive end, who made national headlines when he came out in February. The Rams’ pick means Sam will be the first openly gay active player in NFL history.
During the Monday 4/12 edition of CNN Tonight, anchor Bill Weir invited local Family Research Council’s (FRC) Ken Blackwell to discuss the the “controversy” of live televised gay kiss. The segment – during which Blackwell asserted that Sam kissed his boyfriend to help push an “agenda” and speculated that the kiss was a “political prophylactic” to protect Sam from getting fired – disintegrated into a back-and-forth over whether homosexuality is a choice and a sin, with CNN once again providing a platform to hate groups like the FRC to spew misinformation and hate on national television.
BLACKWELL: I thought the kiss was inappropriate and over the top, but I am just surprised with the duplicity among owners and leadership of the NFL. I take it it was just a few years ago when there were players who criticized Tim Tebow for wearing his faith on his sleeve. There were folks who basically said he was not a good football player; that’s why they were critical of him, not because he was a professed Christian who practiced his faith in all aspects of his life.
I — I really do question the network’s judgment, editorial judgment in putting the kiss on — on TV. Look, this is a very clear opportunity for Mr. Sam and others to co-op a professional sports, in this case the NFL, as a platform and as a force multiplier for advancing their agenda.[…]
Let me just say that I hope he hasn’t created a political prophylactic that will shield his inability to make the team as a football player — as a football player because he’s an advocate for a lifestyle.
Good old Kenny Blackwell, the man responsible for rigging Ohio for Bush in 2004. (Blackwell was GOP Election chairman of Ohio, who, during the 2004 election, tried to have thousands of Democratic ballots thrown out because he had asked for them to be printed on a different weight paper, and then claimed the different paper invalidated them.)
Oh my, how the mighty have fallen! Wonder where Kenny’s going to end up when the FRC runs out of cash, that shit hole Brietbart.com or with Bozo Bozell?