Rarely do the media put their institutional political bias on public display, but this past weekend, America's news industry titans left no doubt that they're fully behind one of the nation's most radical cultural and political movements.
ABC, AP, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the corporate owners of USA Today, the Miami Herald, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Sacramento Bee, The Dallas Morning News and many other newspapers, all spent thousands of dollars sponsoring the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association convention in Washington, D.C. Many journalists from these Big Media mainstays attended or spoke at the convention.
In the name of "diversity," all the organizations listed above ran recruiting booths, as did NPR. Thus, the nation's major news providers demonstrated that they have bought into the central proposition of homosexual activists: that people engaging in homosexuality or bisexuality, along with transsexuals, are a historically oppressed minority group deserving the same preferential treatment and legal protections that society provides to ethnic minorities and women.
If Big Media views homosexuality primarily as a civil rights issue rather than as a moral and health issue, their coverage of all homosexual-related stories from HIV/AIDS to same-sex "marriage" must be viewed skeptically. How can they cover homosexual-related issues fairly if they define opponents of the activist political agenda as enemies of equal rights - in short, as bigots?
Also, by deliberately recruiting NLGJA members, the news media have demonstrated their willingness to hire journalists who likely share the radical political and social perspectives that dominate the homosexual activist movement.
Many of the journalists at the convention made their left-leaning partisanship and anti-religious prejudice clear. During a discussion on covering sex scandals, a panelist said, "There's a whole lot of hypocrisy on the Republican side, they spout this crap about family values all of the time, you know, gotta love my wife, yada yada yada..." The specific examples of hypocrisy he cited, however, were Democrats.
The session also discussed the ethics of "outing" homosexuals in politics. Two panelists said outing is okay if the politician opposes the homosexual agenda:
"If they are taking actions in their public life to deny gay and lesbian rights...then yes."
"If someone is advocating something that is specifically, uh, anti-gay, they're on a crusade, they are a Religious Right person on a crusade ... if they are advocating something that is going to take away our rights and they are presenting themselves false and they're throwing the sexuality issue out there, not their own, then I do think it's fair game."
Closeted politicians who oppose the homosexual political agenda get outed; those who support the agenda do not. Is this fair and balanced journalism, or using journalism as a political weapon?
Radical social perspectives? Several people at the convention bemoaned the failure of the homosexual rights movement to include transsexuals in ENDA (employment nondiscrimination) legislation. At least three men at the convention, including one panel speaker, are attempting to transform themselves into women.
At the welcoming reception, a man sported a T-shirt with "NAMBLA" boldly emblazoned on the front. NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association, advocates pedophilia.
One panel openly discussed how to use journalism, specifically the coverage of religion, to promote the homosexual agenda. Panel organizer Mitchell Gold, a furniture magnate, said, "The single biggest [obstacle] to gays having equal rights in the country is religion," so "I set myself to learn about it." Panelist Ann Craig of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said, "We're not getting anyplace until we begin conquering the debate" in the religious community.
Here is an overall account of the NLGJA convention: NBC to ‘Gay' Journalists: ‘Your Victories Are Our Victories.'
Here is a detailed story about the panel that discussed how homosexual journalists should cover religion: ‘Gay' Journalism Conference Panel Targets Religious Influence on Public Policy.