Sunday, April 1, 2012
GLAAD puts anti-LGBT commentators in their place
Tired of seeing Tony Perkins and Maggie Gallagher brought on to "balance" every news story about LGBT rights? I am, and so is GLAAD. They've just launched the "commentator accountability project," which "aims to put critical information about frequent anti-gay interviewees into the hands of newsrooms, editors, hosts and reporters." I'm really happy about this. The need to "balance" every story with two viewpoints - even if the opposing viewpoint is such a small minority or that of a hateful lunatic, is one of the reasons I lost some respect for broadcast journalism in college and ventured into marketing. I hope people view this resource for what it is - a resource for reporters and producers who might not have time or knowledge to do full background/lunatic checks on these people for their stories. It's not a blacklist, but a way for us to hold the media accountable for bringing on opposing commentators that are at least legitimate and at least represent the average opposing viewpoint.