Obama booster Gayle King attacked conservative Dennis Prager on Thursday's CBS This Morning for his opposition to same-sex "marriage." King channeled the left by equating such opposition to opposing desegregation: "You recently wrote...that you can be against same-sex marriage and not be anti-gay...it's sort of like saying to a black person...I want you to sit at the back of the bus, but I'm not anti-black." [audio available here; video clip below the jump]
The morning show slanted in general towards the cultural left by bringing on three supporters of same-sex "marriage" or civil unions: former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Chris Hughes, the publisher of The New Republic; and Max Mutchnick, co-creator of the TV show "Will and Grace," which was recently cited by Vice President Joe Biden as he announced his support of the redefinition of marriage on Sunday's Meet The Press. Hughes and Mutchnick are both open homosexuals.
Prager appeared on the newscast just after the top of the 8 am Eastern hour, about an hour after Giuliani and Hughes, and immediately before Mutchnick. Anchor Charlie Rose first asked the right-leaning talk show host, "Tell me what you think the political fallout from this is and where you think the country is on this issue of same-sex marriage." The guest, answered, in part, that "I don't think it will be good for him [President Obama], and I think it will energize all of those evangelical Christians who had misgivings about voting for a Mormon [Mitt Romney].
King then came in with her incendiary question to Prager, who replied by refuting her loaded analogy:
KING: Dennis, you recently wrote an article about- that you can be against same-sex marriage and not be anti-gay-
KING: And a friend of mine told me recently, it's sort of like saying to a black person, listen, I want you to sit at the back of the bus, but I'm not anti-black. A lot of gays, I keep hearing, aren't understanding your distinction. What do you mean?
PRAGER: Well, I mean it with the- with utter sincerity, knowing gays so well and being- and, having in my extended family, a wonderful lesbian couple with a child. It's not the same as in the back of the bus. It's the same as- I have a better analogy. It would be like saying, I prefer that married people raise children to single people. That doesn't mean that single people are inferior to married people.
It shouldn't be any surprise that the CBS anchor, an admitted friend of First Lady Michelle Obama and donor to the President's reelection campaign, would run to the defense of the chief executive's latest position on this controversial issue.
[Update: the full transcript of the Dennis Prager segment from Thursday's CBS This Morning can be read at MRC.org.]