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Fox News “Transition Tracker” Plays Fear Of Teh Gay Inaugural Parties

Reported by Priscilla - January 15, 2009 -

There’s a “culture war” being waged and Fox News is on the front lines. Not only does the news channel promote the fear of scary gays meme (almost everything said, about gays and gay issues, by Bill O’Reilly); but they have an article, on their “Transition Tracker,” that reports on the “fears” of “small town (and mind) America” about the orgiastic gay bacchanals that will turn Washington D.C. into a seething Castro cauldron of sin. The title, “Gay America Plans To Party At Obama Inauguration” sounds harmless enough; but as one reads through the article, it is apparent that to the Christian conservatives, the word “party” means that Washington will turn into that hotbed of degeneracy – San Francisco!!!! Oh nooo….

The article began by saying that the election of Barack Obama is seen, by many, as a “sea change” for the gay rights movement. (Comment: One can only hope!!!!) The report referenced gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson’s upcoming public prayer (Sean Hannity, pal of the late Jerry Falwell, accuses Robinson of “partisan hatred” – oh, the irony), a gay marching band, and (be scared) a “slew of gay parties.” It sounds good to me but not to Christian conservatives who fear that these gay-themed events “may be gay-friendly, it won't be family-friendly.” (Comment: Uh, what is the problem with a marching band? And how many straight, Christian families will be going to the gay parties – hello, closed events!!!) Jennifer Giroux, founder and president of Prudish Women United (whoops Women Influencing the Nation) got a nice, long quote about these decadent events: “I think (the) inauguration should be kept away from that. Christians may love the individual, but they are offended by the gay lifestyle. It’s unhealthy — spiritually, emotionally and physically.It’s not a day where a group that feels like it has some payback coming should be putting its decadent lifestyle on display.” And Peter LaBarbera (I’m laughing as I type this) President of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality) also “is worried less about what happens in public and more about what may go on behind closed doors.” (Comment: Lewis Black moment – WHO CARES ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE DO IN PRIVATE??? IT’S NONE OF YOUR FREAKING BUSINESS!!!! Maybe Peter is disappointed that he wasn’t invited to any of the parties!) BTW, for some gens on LaBarbera, just go into the great Pam Spaulding’s blog and do a search on LaBarbera who, in the Fox article, claimed the gay events aren’t like other special interest events because “more than half the country considers their behavior immoral.” Several gay spokespeople, who praised the events, were interviewed. Rob Blackwell, vice-president of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association said that "We hope any protesters along the route, for whatever issue, would challenge themselves to rise above their personal concerns and help celebrate this new era for America.” So you’d think that this would have been a “fair and balanced” way to end the article – think again. We read that LaBarbera plans to disrupt the mid-Atlantic Leather weekend by disclosing where the participants are holding the event. (Hmmm, methinks he doth protest too much!) Rev. Patrick Mahoney, formerly with the criminal Operation Rescue and now with the Christian Defense Coalition, said the Christian community “embraces openness and tolerance and believes that all should be welcome at the Inauguration;” but that Christians would never “chose the route of bigotry and hatred” which “the gay community did when they lost Prop 8…” (Comment: yeah, Mahoney, let’s talk about the hatred and criminal activity of Operation Rescue.) Mahoney added that "For all their cries of inclusion and openness, there are few groups out there more intolerant and hateful than the gay community." The article ended with a quote from Christian radio host, James Harris, who claimed that the inauguration will provide “a showcase for Christians to showcase their tolerance.” I actually thought that this guy was OK when he said that he hoped “all of San Francisco turns out, and turns the inauguration into a gay pride festival. Then liberals can see how open and tolerant conservatives are.” My hope that the article would end on a positive note were soon dashed with this finale: "Let America see liberalism in all of its self-absorbed lunacy. Then maybe America will only have to tolerate four years of the madness.”

Comment: This article was not “real journalism – fair and balanced.” It was real, homophobic right wing/Fox propaganda which promoted the notion that the gay community, as evidenced by imagined bad behavior at the Inauguration, is something to be reviled and feared. Notice how it ended with a standard right wing meme of “liberal lunacy.” Fox, once again, wants you to be scared, be so scared of those gays cuz like those body snatchers, “they’re here and you're next.” Oh, noooo.