Homosexuality in the media
In the Western World, the media are generally tolerant towards homosexuality - as tolerant as their audience can stand. For example, the Traditional Values Coalition declares regarding the reporting of homosexuality and the United States media:
|“||The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association has hundreds of members and is heavily funded by Hearst newspapers, Knight-Ridder, CBS News, CNN, Gannett, NBC, Los Angeles Times, Fox News, and more. Major newspapers throughout the U.S. have homosexual activists on their staffs who filter what you read about homosexuality.||”|
Accuracy in Media declared concerning the Fox News Channel:
|“||Media organizations which underwrote the convention included NBC News, Times Inc., Turner Broadcasting, Knight-Ridder, the Washington Post and Fox News Network. That’s right - Fox News. This is supposed to be a conservative network. ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, and USA Today all sent recruiters to the event, to hire open gays as journalists. Fitzpatrick comments, "By treating the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association as a legitimate counterpart to black and Hispanic journalists’ associations, these media organizations showed that they agree with the notion that homosexuals, a group defined by behavior rather than immutable characteristics, constitute a bona fide minority."||”|
- 1 Overview
- 2 Homosexuality in the Media and the Influence of the New York Times
- 3 Peter LaBarbera Concerning Fox News and homosexuality
- 4 Newsweek's advocacy of homosexuality
- 5 Coverage of the Murders of Jesse Dirkhising and Matthew Shephard
- 6 Fox News Channel and the Issue of Homosexuality
- 7 Washington Times Reports American Backlash Against Media Coverage of Homosexuality
- 8 Homosexuality in the Media and Viewers Opinions
- 9 Prevalence of Homosexuality in American Television Media
- 10 Homosexuality in the Media and American History
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Joseph Farah, who founded WorldNetDaily, wrote an article on the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NGJA) in which he stated that he had covered the group for some time. However, it wasn't until their 10th anniversary that they stopped portraying themselves as an objective professional organization that promotes higher journalistic standards in regards to the issue of homosexuality and showed themselves as promoters of the homosexual cause, attempting to gain supposedly "equal" rights.
In September 2000, Mr. Farah stated the following regarding the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association:
|“|| It is...a group that has bent so far toward changing the newsroom culture that the big debate in San Francisco was whether journalists should even bother getting other points of view on homosexuals' issues and stories.
Did you catch that? What was on the table at the NLGJA conference was the question whether allowing those with differing viewpoints on homosexuality and homosexual rights activists is worth it!
CBS correspondent and NLJGA member Jeffrey Kofman made himself clear: "The argument (is): Why do we constantly see in coverage of gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues the homophobes and the fag-haters quoted in stories when, of course, we don't do that with Jews, blacks, et cetera?"
Paula Madison, vice president of diversity at NBC and news director for the NBC's New York City affiliate WNBC, added: "I agree with him. I don't see why we would seek out ... the absurd, inane point of view just to get another point of view."
Kofman rejoined: "All of us have seen and continue to see a lot of coverage that includes perspectives on gay issues that include people who just simply are intolerant and perhaps not qualified as well."
Joseph Farah makes an excellent point above regarding journalist objectivity and homosexual activist journalist given the American media's unwillingness to cover some of the unpleasant facts about homosexuality. For example, John Cloud is a homosexual activist who writes for Time magazine and wrote the October 10, 1995 cover story for Time Magazine which was entitled “The Battle Over Gay Teens.” John Cloud’s article rendered a positive portrayal homosexual teens who are establishing networks of Gay Straight Alliance clubs on campuses all over the United States. According to the Traditional Values Coalition, most readers of Time magazine were unaware that John Cloud is a homosexual who had previously written for the liberal Washington City Paper in Washington, DC. about his visit to a "homosexual sex orgy club in Washington, DC."
Homosexuality in the Media and the Influence of the New York Times
John Stossel is an author, consumer reporter, and a co-anchor for the ABC News show 20/20. Cybercast News Service states the following regarding regarding the influence of the New York Times and Washington Post on other media:
|“|| While the newspapers reach only a fraction of people compared to the television networks, he said radio and television producers rely heavily on their contents.
"The reason the Times, and to a lesser extent the Post, are so important, and they are, is because the TV and radio - all of the media - copy it sycophantically," he [John Stossel] said. "That's how bias at the Times becomes bias in other media."
Peter LaBarbera Concerning Fox News and homosexuality
see also: Fox News and homosexuality
In April 2009, Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth wrote:
|“||How fascinating that Wayne Besen (left) is given the opportunity to appear on FOX News, of all places..., to critique alleged “homophobic” attitudes and speech toward homosexuals — when he has such a well-deserved reputation for being one of the nastiest “queer” activists in the business.||”|
In March 2009, Peter LaBarbera declared:
|“|| Temple U. Professor Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (left), a frequent guest on FOX News, believes Americans are “homophobic” because most still don’t like to see homosexuality (compared to heterosexuality) on TV or the big screen. We say Prof. Hill should get off his liberal high horse and stop lecturing Americans for their normal reaction to unnatural and immoral behavior....
Enough already. Gay sex is wrong, unhealthy (especially between men), and my hunch is it’s still pretty off-putting to most FOX viewers who are honest with themselves. And that’s OK. But I’ll go further: if there is a growing acceptance of homo-sexual behavior, especially among young people, that’s not a good thing but a sign of America’s descent into decadence, and our departure from a transcendent Judeo-Christian moral code that has served this nation well.
In 2006, Peter LaBarbera wrote:
|“|| Fox News and Wal-mart are among the high-level ($10,000) sponsors of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s (NLGJA) 2006 Convention in Miami (Sept 7-10 at Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel). Every year, the NLGJA garners hundreds of thousands of dollars in Big Media sponsorships for its convention; this year it appears (based on the sponsorship list below) that the total is around half a milliion dollars in corporate support...
Our question for Fox News executives is: if you are truly “fair and balanced,” will you now give an equal and corresponding grant to Americans for Truth or another pro-family organization, say, Accuracy in Media, that counters the ubiquitous pro-”gay” spin in the media? We’ll be awaiting your answer.
Newsweek's advocacy of homosexuality
Newsweek is seen as manifesting an antipathy to Evangelical Christianity, as part of the liberal media. Consistent with such, on Dec. 15, 2008, Newsweek proactively attacked historical Biblical morality in regards to homosexuality and biblical interpretation, while such attempts have resulted in extensive refutation by evangelical scholars and writers.
Coverage of the Murders of Jesse Dirkhising and Matthew Shephard
|“|| McGowan did a Nexus search and learned that the Shepard case generated a massive 3,007 stories. "And when the case finally went to trial ... it was all over the broadcast news, received front-page coverage in all major newspapers, and was featured on the cover of Time magazine. (In all, the New York Times ran 195 stories about the case.)
"In the month after the Dirkhising murder, however, Nexus recorded only 46 stories...
Wrote Sullivan: "The Shepard case was hyped for political reasons: to build support for inclusion of homosexuals in a federal hate crimes law. The Dirkhising case was ignored for political reasons: squeamishness about reporting a story that could feed anti-gay prejudice and the lack of any pending legislation to hang a story on ... Some deaths - if they affect a politically protected class - are worth more than others. Other deaths, those that do not fit a politically correct profile, are left to oblivion."
Fox News Channel and the Issue of Homosexuality
- See also: Fox News and homosexuality
Currently, the Fox Broadcasting Company website declares concerning the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA):
|“|| NLGJA Annual Conference and Job Fair
Fox News is a regular exhibitor at these annual Job Fairs. News Corp sponsored the opening reception for first time attendees in 2006, as well as sponsoring workshops on Journalism in various colleges in 2007.
In 2010, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association declared that Kelly Wright, a Fox News Channel representative, attended NLGJA's 15th Annual New York Benefit. According the Fox News Channel website: "Kelly Wright is co-anchor of "FOX & Friends Weekend" as well as a general assignment correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC)." Kelly Wright is a graduate of the Christian university Oral Roberts University. In January of 2010, the pro-life website published by Jill Stanek claimed Mr. Wright is a pastor. According to Christianity and the Bible, homosexuality is a sin.
|“|| On February 11, 2004, Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, featured Kevin Jennings, the executive director of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network.) Jennings, former teacher turned homosexual activist, along with a lesbian counterpart, discussed GLSEN's new pro-homosexual curriculum on marriage being marketed to children and youth in public schools all across America under the guise of "tolerance."...
O'Reilly, watched heavily by conservatives and Christians alike, shocked much of his constituency on September 3, 2002 when he publicly announced his support of homosexual rights in the nation's largest “gay” publication, The Advocate. His sympathetic, lenient views on “gay” adoption and his mixed-message stance on “gay” marriage have caused great dissent among his loyalists - and no doubt cost him viewers.
|“|| Fox News is threatening to sue a prominent evangelical minister in the ex-homosexual movement who engaged in a volatile exchange over biblical morality on the top-rated television program "The O'Reilly Factor" in September.
Stephen Bennett, who says he left his homosexual lifestyle nearly 11 years ago, has distributed a 60-minute audio tape program called the "The O'Reilly Shocker," in which he responds to host Bill O'Reilly's characterization of people who take the Bible literally as "religious fanatics.".
Bennett said he has received hundreds of e-mails from viewers of the segment who said they were outraged at O'Reilly's "anger and verbal abuse." 
In response to the threatened lawsuit of the Fox News Channel the Agape Press reported the following:
|“|| But Mike DePrimo, senior litigation counsel for the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, which represents Bennett, says Bennett has a right to distribute a recording of the program -- and that his use of the tape is legal under copyright law's allowance of fair use and comment.
"The law provides that even copyrighted material may be used, provided it's used not for commercial gain but for comment," DePrimo says. "Stephen Bennett used the material from the O'Reilly show simply to rebut the arguments O'Reilly put forward."
The attorney implies there may be another reason the popular O'Reilly wants distribution of the tape stopped -- and it has to do with image. "O'Reilly promotes himself as a conservative," DePrimo explains. "In fact, Bennett's tape shows that O'Reilly is simply another media elite who's advancing the homosexual agenda -- and he doesn't want to be exposed for what he is."
Washington Times Reports American Backlash Against Media Coverage of Homosexuality
|“|| Washington Times - "Homosexuality seen as accepted by media," by Julia Duin
July 29, 2003
...Last night, "Boy Meets Boy," a dating game for homosexual men where some straight men are thrown into the mix, aired on NBC's Bravo cable channel. This came on the heels of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," another new Bravo show that last week got bumped up to prime time Thursday, the same night that NBC airs its homosexual-themed sitcom "Will & Grace."... But there has been a backlash against homosexuality, according to a poll released yesterday by USA Today....opposition to same-sex "marriages" had risen to 57 percent, the highest opposition since the question was first posed in 2000. "People feel there is a wave coming, so there's a resistance," said Tim Graham, an analyst with the Media Research Center. "People ask if anyone is going to fight. This White House won't. The Bush administration knows what the media hot buttons are."
Homosexuality in the Media and Viewers Opinions
In June of 2007, Human Events reported the following:
|“|| A new special report by the Culture and Media Institute (CMI) indicates that watching too much television could be hazardous to your moral health.
The report, The Media Assault on American Values, reveals that media messages could be undermining pillars of America’s cultural edifice: strength of character, sexual morality and respect for God. The report is based upon findings of a major scientific survey commissioned by CMI, a division of the Media Research Center.
The National Cultural Values Survey reveals a striking correlation between greater exposure to television and lenient moral views. Heavy television viewers (four hours or more per evening) are less committed to virtues like honesty and charity, and more permissive about sex, abortion and homosexuality. Light television viewers (one hour or less per evening) are more likely to attend religious services and abide by God’s principles....
Ten Americans believe Hollywood is harming the nation’s moral condition for every one who thinks Hollywood is helping.
Prevalence of Homosexuality in American Television Media
In August of 2007, the Baptist Press reported the following regarding homosexuality in the media:
|“|| As previously reported in Baptist Press, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released Aug. 6 its first-ever "Network Responsibility Index" which examined the inclusion of "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender" themes or characters on TV.
The index found that 15 percent of all of ABC's primetime programming hours during a 12-month span contained either homosexual characters or the discussion of homosexuality. The CW was second at 12 percent, followed by CBS (9 percent), NBC (7 percent) and Fox (6 percent). For their content ABC was rated "good," the CW, CBS and NBC "fair" and Fox "poor.".
Television's positive portrayal has certainly contributed to the rise in the acceptance of homosexuality as natural, normal and healthy.
Increasingly, there are shows which feature gays as lead characters, often in the role of the gay cupid. For example, Will and Grace, where the homosexual, Will, aids his childhood friend Grace in dating, or the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where "talented" homosexuals impose their style upon "desperate" heterosexuals in need of love advice. Many other shows have a token gay character, which appears with fair regularity. Furthermore, several shows mask homosexual behavior by displaying it as the behavior of heterosexuals or those with an urge to experiment in their sexuality. A well-known example in the television program Sex and the City.
Homosexuality in the Media and American History
In 2002, NewsMax reported the following about homosexuality and the United States media:
|“||Four decades ago, media coverage of homosexuality was universally hostile. McGowan recalls Time magazine's description of homosexuality as a "pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality, a pitiable flight from life" deserving "no encouragement, no glamorization, no rationalization, no fake status as minority martyrdom, no sophistry about simple differences in taste, and above all no pretence that it is anything but a pernicious sickness."||”|
The pro-homosexuality Journal of Homosexuality also stated the following regarding homosexuality and television media: "Before 1970, almost no gay characters could be found on television, and their relative absence from the screen continued until the 1990s..."
- New Study: The Media Push Homosexuality by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., July 31, 2003
- “Our Mutual Joy, Dec 15, 2008 by religion editor Lisa Miller
- More than “Mutual Joy”: Lisa Miller of Newsweek against Scripture and Jesus
- Homosexual relations and the Bible
- Turning the Bible on its Head -- Newsweek Goes for Gay Marriage