Anti-gay TV commentators under scrutiny

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation launches Accountability Project

Anti-gay TV commentators under scrutiny
14 March 2012

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Wednesday (14 March) that it will be shining a 'big, bright light' on television commentators who go on news shows and espouse anti-gay rhetoric.

GLAAD has launched what it is calling the Commentator Accountability Project which is designed to let reporters, editors, show runners and guest bookers on the various news shows know just how extreme the views some of the people they are inviting on their airwaves are.

'We will show that the commentators who are most often asked to opine on issues like marriage equality or non-discrimination protections do not accurately represent the 'other side' of those issues,' GLAAD said in a statement. 'They represent nothing but extreme animus towards the entire LGBT community.'

GLAAD cites accusations of satanic influences, Apocalyptic predictions for a world with LGBT equality and claims that the AIDS epidemic is God's judgment.

The groups says many newsrooms don’t actually know the extent of the animosity that these anti-LGBT activists hold towards the LGBT community because they are often careful not to say these things in the mainstream media.

These kinds of comments are often reserved for right-wing radio or in statements written to their supporters.

Among those on the list of commentators GLAAD said it will be monitoring closely are Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, Ken Hutcherson, Peter LaBarbera, Bob Vander Plaats, Scott Lively, Candi Cushman, Chuck Colson, Penny Nance, Frank Turek, Brian Camenker, Alan Chambers, Albert Mohler, Harry Jackson, and Rick Scarborough.

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