MSNBC's Hall Lets Guest Compare Gay Marriage Plaintiffs to Interned Japanese-Americans in World War II

While covering the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall hosted GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis and Josh Schiller, one of the lawyers responsible for overturning voter-approved homosexual marriage bans in California and Virginia.

Throwing objectivity out the window, Hall framed the marriage debate in the most loaded way possible. "Josh, back to the legal aspect of it, again, the heart of this is whether a voter or voters should decide someone else's right." Based on that principle, it’s also unjust that the government impairs the right to polygamy, incest, and marriage to a minor.

As poorly structured and agenda driven as her question was, it paled in comparison to Schiller’s response to her assessment, comparing gay plaintiffs as “targeted” minorities, just like the Japanese-Americans placed in internment camps in World War II.

 "That's exactly right. And the Supreme Court looks at this in a series of cases that date back over 60 years, starting with the internment of Japanese during the World War II. And it looks at these laws that target a minority group, and there are briefs, like the Justice Department's briefs, arguing that people who are identified as gay or lesbian are targeted as a minority group in this country and should be protected based on that status."    

An objective reporter might have reacted to this interpretation with “How are you comparing gays to rounding up Japanese Americans and holding them in internment camps?” But this is MSNBC, where the activist anchors enable leftist guests and refuse to challenge them when they launch loaded oppression analogies.

Schiller just kept talking about how voters in California’s Proposition 8 – the apparent internment-camp wardens in this scenario – had “no evidence supporting any argument that is logical as to why these individual citizens should not be able to marry.”

Bryan Ballas
Bryan Ballas
Bryan Ballas is a former MRC News Analysis Division intern