Tell The Media To Stop Using Tony Perkins And Hate Group Spokespeople As Guest Commentators
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MSNBC, CNN , and many other "supposedly" fair and balanced mainstream media news outlets despite numerous complaints have been inviting, as they have in the past the Southern Poverty Law Center certified hate group President Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to appear on various news segments discussing not only the GOP primary and the 2012 election but also to provide and promote anti-gay commentary on many LGBT politcal issues.
The news media outlets who use Perkins and other well known hate group talking heads as a legitimate source of political commentary are doing nothing more than lending credibility to the type of anti-gay hate speech and fringe extremism that he and his group are responsible for. By using Perkins as a spokesperson who calls himself a "social conservative" DOES NOT obscure the facts that his views represent a dangerous and extreme, fringe element in society and should be treated in the same way and for the same reason that networks don’t invite leaders of KKK or Neo-Nazi's to comment on the news. Because it bolsters their influence, gives them legitimacy, and is just plain irresponsible
And CNN, MSNBC and all major news outlets must be called out on it.
Do these news outlets actually realize that Perkins has called pedophilia “a homosexual problem,” argued that LGBT youth commit suicide because they know they’re “abnormal,” compared gays and lesbians to terrorists, criticized the “It Gets Better” project for supposedly trying to “recruit” children into a “lifestyle” of “perversion,” and asserted that gay people are determined to “destroy innocence, religious freedom, and ultimately, the family.” and pamphlet that depicts gays and lesbians as physically and mentally ill pedophiles who can be cured of their homosexuality
In 1996, while managing a U.S. Senate race in Louisiana, Perkins purchased former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke’s mailing list for $82,500. (He must have been promoting tolerance and diversity by courting the demographic of white supremacists) And Perkins has also spoken before the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist group that has described African Americans as a “retrograde species of humanity.”
Is this what CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets call "social conservatism"?
The media must stop giving platforms to hate group leaders who spead lies, preach intolerance, and push an agenda of hate and inequality
Bolstering their influence is just unethical and irresponsible.
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Not only does Tony Perkins and others like him need to held responsible for his hateful rhetoric but also the media outlets that allow him to appear on them.
MSNBC, CNN and ALL NEWS OUTLETS NEED TO REGAIN THIER JOUNALISTIC INTEGRITY AND STOP HELPING PROMOTE HATE!
Will Kohler - www.Back2Stonewall.com
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