If it's Sunday, it's time for the LGBT genuflections in The Washington Post. The cover of Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine preaches the gay gospel again. Over an illustration of one groom helping another groom to the top of a wedding cake is the headline “The Gay Moment: How we got to a new American reality.”
Post editor Erica Johnston profiled gay activists Michelangelo Signorile and Human Rights Campaign boss Chad Griffin as major players in today's allegedly glorious embrace of the gay agenda. The article begins with Signorile being a major jerk to a future pope and other celebrities:
Michelangelo Signorile does not hold back. Not then, not now.
A generation ago, he shouted down Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would become Pope Benedict XVI. In the gay magazine he worked for, he accused gossip columnist Liz Smith and her high-society friends of being “murderers” for not doing enough about AIDS. And when he was incensed at closeted public figures, he printed their telephone numbers in giant type.
To the Post, shouting down a Pope is honored. But if a conservative shouted down a gay activist and called him a murderer (metaphorically, of course, to spread a revolution), they would be accused of cruelty and wild-eyed, fact-challenged conspiracy-mongering.
This was the gay movement in the 1980s: relentlessly transmitting AIDS to each other, and then blaming Ronald Reagan for all the transmissions. Think of it as AIDS birtherism. This is still being honored by the Left. (See HBO's cinematic tribute to one of the worst conspiracy-mongers, Larry Kramer). But to listen to the Post and other liberal journalists, everything evil in the world is caused by Republican Budget Cuts.
Signorile was presented as controversial, but correct to bring shock tactics to the battle. Johnston didn’t go to conservatives for reaction, who might have brought up his hateful 2012 gaffe on his satellite-radio program on the "OutQ" channel of Sirius XM. He told a gay Republican voter, "You are the epitome of a low-information voter, Wes. You should not be allowed to vote." Even worse, he added “He [Romney] does not think gay people should be protected from discrimination. Now you went and voted for him. It would have been much easier to go to the store, and buy some arsenic, and make a potion and take it.”
Johnston brought up the fact that he had a Sirius XM program at the end of the article, but never mentioned the ugly specifics. This was propaganda, not journalism.
Then came the focus on Chad Griffin. Wait, again? The Post can’t get enough of promoting Griffin’s life story. This is at least the third in the last two years:
– “Man on a mission,” July 26, 2012, front page of Style, 2266 words by Ned Martel, the man who also thought the Thanksgiving dinner table was the ideal occasion to come out of the closet as gay. The 2012 article seriously pitched Griffin as super-connected:
The first person Griffin came out to is Dan Pfeiffer, his best friend from their days at Georgetown University and now the White House communications chief. Griffin's best female friend and onetime business partner, Kristina Schake, is the communications chief for first lady Michelle Obama. Griffin came to know his way around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. well before they did. Pfeiffer explained that he once received a surprise text from Griffin, who was inside the White House and wanted to bring a guest by the press room. The visitor, on the premises to talk about post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction, was Brad Pitt.
– “First person: Chad Griffin,” interview in the November 26, 2013 Washington Post Magazine. This shorter account repeated how Griffin never came out until his late 20s, because he just couldn’t in Arkansas.
The 2014 article again played up Griffin’s Hollywood connections as Johnston explained how he educated America on gay rights with a play on lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson and how they promoted gay marriage in court:
In a staged reading posted on YouTube, Pitt played the judge. George Clooney was Boies; Martin Sheen portrayed Olson. Matthew Morrison of “Glee’’ and Jamie Lee Curtis were among the “plaintiffs.” The drama, stocked with lesser luminaries, has been staged at colleges across the country.
“The power of the entertainment medium ... really goes unmatched,” Griffin said, adding that “it moves the needle, and also saves lives that you’ll never know.”
Remember, when conservative complain about the entertainment media dropping an Air Force worth of F-bombs or running down Jesus on TV, the Left says "hey, who says the entertainment media influences the culture?"