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Bill Maher, Bias at the Advocate and the Real People of the Year

If I did not blog on gay topics, I would long since have let my subscription to the gay magazine, the Advocate, lapse. The periodical regularly provides biased coverage of the news, with regular misrepresentations of Republicans and conservatives. Its latest issue, announcing TV personality Bill Maher as it’s “Person of the Year,” is just another example of its narrow focus.

Were it not for Bill Maher’s left-wing politics as well as regular attacks on conservatives, the Advocate would certainly not have chosen to honor him. This periodical regularly heralds left-of-center media figures even when they have done little to make gay lives better.

If Bill Maher did not offer up the politics Hollywood wants to promote, he would long since have vanished from the scene. He’s more pretentious than funny and offers little (if any) original thought. Far from being politically incorrect, he just mouths whatever slogans he feels will endear him to producers and other entertainment industry bigwigs. Kind of like Madonna (the pop-star not the mother of Jesus) without the vocal talent.

This year, there are clear candidates for people of the year, individuals who have not been in the media spotlight, but who have done a good deal for gay people. Last month, for the first time since states have been voting on referenda defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman (and otherwise limiting the types of relationships states may recognize), voters in one state — Arizona — defeated one of these pernicious proposals. At the same time, while similar referenda passed in other states, they saw the margin of victory greatly reduced (from those in states which had voted on marriage in previous years).

It seems there’s been a shift in the debate on gay marriage. Perhaps, gay organizations have learned from their past campaigns and adjusted their rhetoric to better influence Americans. Whatever the case, those who organized against the Arizona referendum succeeded in improving the lives of gay people by blocking an initiative which would have banned recognition of our unions. As they proved that passage of these referenda is not a given, they provided a model for activists in other states to follow.

I don’t know who these people are — and would dare say their politics are (by and large) not my own. But, those activists did do something more than just pretend to be courageous while spouting politically correct views.

So, here’s to the real people of the year (as far as the gay world is concerned) — those who worked successfully to defeat the Arizona referendum. It’s too bad our media outlets are more obsessed with self-important celebrities than they are with those making real accomplishments outside our nation’s entertainment centers.

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21 Comments

  1. Bravo, on every point!

    Comment by kdogg36 — December 17, 2006 @ 9:08 pm - December 17, 2006

  2. The person who organized the movement to defeat Proposition 107 in Arizona was Representative Kyrsten Sinema:

    http://www.ksinema.org/

    She is an out attorney, a Democrat, and I, too, believe she should be congratulated for her fine work.

    Comment by Diogenes — December 17, 2006 @ 9:18 pm - December 17, 2006

  3. the time thing was cool

    Comment by kincaid — December 17, 2006 @ 10:07 pm - December 17, 2006

  4. Bill Maher is often funny. Funnier is this rant against him winning “person of the year” at a magazine you don’t like!!

    Maybe they should have chosen some quiet homosexual, who lives in the suburbs, in a Red State, who goes to dude ranch vacations, who prefers to distance himself from the gay community, and who doesn’t like the Advocate magazine?

    Comment by sean — December 17, 2006 @ 11:59 pm - December 17, 2006

  5. One of their politics may be fairly close to yours, actually – Steve May, formerly a GOP Arizona state rep, was treasurer of the organization that helped block that thing (near as I can tell, second in command). Of course, the Advocate would never want to say anything that’d compliment a gay man tarred with the conservative brush, but so it goes.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/19/AR2006111901168.html

    Comment by Casey — December 18, 2006 @ 12:49 am - December 18, 2006

  6. This magazine is useless drivel that is geared toward enticing the sexually addicted gay male and attempts to legitimize itself by posting articles it considers, through it’s distorted view of reality, as having some sort of impact on the gay community, daring to posture itself as political, as well as, “entertaining”.

    If you know anything about the magazine’s evolution you would care nothing for it as it does not represent the community and has only moved from it’s unending listings of male prostitutes to it’s current stance of victimization by society trying to “credentialize” itself as serious journalism worth reading or quoting.

    Truly a waste of our natural resources upon it’s publication.

    Nice post Mr. GP. I enjoyed it. Although, there have been times when Maher has said some intelligent things worth listening to, they are few and far between.

    Even the bum on the street has something to offer every once in a while, I just can’t stand the stink to stick around long enough to listen. I’m confident I’ll find the wisdom elsewhere in my life.

    Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Scooter — December 18, 2006 @ 8:35 am - December 18, 2006

  7. The Advocate is to the GayLeftBorg what the NYT is to the liberal MSM… a perfectly predictable depository of spin and issue management.

    sean, of the lower-case-clan, proves that point without expending any effort.

    Dan, even if you blog on gay issues, supporting the Advocate by paying for subscription is indefensible. You don’t have to read Pravda to know what the Russian communist leadership is thinking. You don’t need to read the Advocate to know what the GayLeftBorg is collectively thinking… or are you just looking at the pictures? You can gather the sentiments of the GayLeftBorg from a vast array of GayLeft websites, right?

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — December 18, 2006 @ 8:44 am - December 18, 2006

  8. I can get beefcake off the internet for free. I can get left-wing blather from the trolls here for free. I have no need to subscribe to the Advocate.

    Comment by Attmay — December 18, 2006 @ 9:38 am - December 18, 2006

  9. He’s such a blow hard.

    And deep down, he looks like he’s not very keen on gay men.

    Let one try to hit on him and see what happens.

    Comment by Aaron - LLP — December 18, 2006 @ 10:26 am - December 18, 2006

  10. And why was Bill Maher chosen? Oh thats right the great fight he led for equal rights and gay unions in an alternate universe. I’ll by OUT and The advocate when I see a gay person on the cover, so I have a couple of years to wait.
    Sean, what is wrong with living in the suburbs? I should cram into an over priced walk up in some urban gay ghetto like the West Village? It takes more balls to live of the “reservation”!!!

    Comment by hephaestion — December 18, 2006 @ 10:44 am - December 18, 2006

  11. Well, you are right, the Village and all of New York is overpriced, but I like it because it keeps the riff-raff out.

    Comment by Scooter — December 18, 2006 @ 11:29 am - December 18, 2006

  12. Casey, #5,

    Steve May would not be acceptable to the Gay Right Borg that frequent this blog due to his endorsement of John Kerry in the last Presidential election. You see once you break from this Borg, they never want you back. You are apostate. (Even if the disagreement is just about what color toilet paper to use.) Think of the Gay Right Borg on this blog as equivilant to the Afghan Supreme Court that sentenced a Muslim man to death for converting to Christianity and you will get a fair idea of the attitudes of GP and his little flock of honking geese. If the Advocate put Steve May on its cover it would accuse of Left Wing bias, (yawn), not praise its coverage of a prominent member of the GOP.
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    I see its time for the annual article condeming the Advocate for its “Left Wing Bias”. As the most visible gay and lesbian publication, its not likely that it can satisfy everyone.

    The Advocate recently ran headlines that Bush had “…says lesbian daughter of Dick Cheney will be a good mother “. Is this an example of Left-Wing Bias?

    And what about the anti-Barrack Obama editorial they are running. Another example of Left-Wing Bias?

    And incidentally, in the December 19th issue of the Advocate on page 34., you will find a good article on the defeat of the anti-gay marriage ammentment in Arizona and who was in involved in it. Why didn’t GPW mention this? Is it because the people involved were Democrats? Sounds like a typical case of typical Right-Wing bias in the media to me.

    In the same issue, the magazine had an article about Nancy Pelosi and what to expect from the Democrats now that they had control of Congress. The summary was that you should not expect much. Thats doesn’t sound like its exactly fawning over the Democrats to me.

    The Advocate does have many flaws that I find irritating. The primary being that it can’t make up its mind as to whether its a news or an entertainment magazine. The People magazine mentality is responsible for the selection of Bill Mahler as man of the year. Not “Left-Wing” bias. IIts a stupid selection, but then People magazine does make a ton of money. Nothing wrong with that is there?

    You know GPW, you could actually do an interesting article surveying gay and lesbian news publications. To bad you settled for the easy and usual stuff about “Left-Wing Bias” in the media. Yawn. (again)

    Comment by Patrick (gryph) — December 18, 2006 @ 11:57 am - December 18, 2006

  13. Bill Maher used to be funny before he moved to LA and started being a shill for actors on ABC sitcoms on Politically Incorrect. Now he has an on-again, off-again show on a pay cable channel that probably has as many subscribers as the Advocate magazine. Yawn.

    Comment by Dotty Laird — December 18, 2006 @ 3:04 pm - December 18, 2006

  14. The Advocate is to the GayLeftBorg what the NYT is to the liberal MSM

    Michigan Matt says it (#7), and Gyrph confirms it (#12). That’s what I call service.

    Comment by V the K — December 18, 2006 @ 5:32 pm - December 18, 2006

  15. Meanwhile, guess who the leftist America-haters are sending greetings to this Christmas? How about, the terrorist savages at Camp Gitmo:

    Do you want to guess who receives the Christmas and Holiday greetings here in Guantanamo? The terrorist detainees who are confined here to keep them from killing you and your families! Last year alone Guantanamo detainees received more than 14,000 cards, the vast majority from muddle-headed well-wishers and sympathizers. This year local authorities estimate the number may exceed 16,000! Some are addressed to the detainees by name or by their detainee number, available on the Pentagon website. Most are simply addressed to “Any Detainee at Guantanamo.”

    I’d be willing to bet most of these warm fuzzies to our terrorist enemies are written entirely in lower case, too.

    Comment by V the K — December 18, 2006 @ 8:02 pm - December 18, 2006

  16. Gryph at #12, thanks for confirming the point that the Adovcate is the mouthorgan for the GayLeftBorg… hearing that from one inside the Borg and a proven foot solider of the Borg –spinning endlessly and uselessly in deep space– has some applicable value.

    But, sorry to say, sean beat you to the punch. That’s punch, not paunch.

    VdaK nails it again with his observation above: “I’d be willing to bet most of these warm fuzzies to our terrorist enemies are written entirely in lower case, too.”

    Maybe we moved too quickly off the notion that the Left giving aid to terrorists is unpatriotic? The DOD ought to publish the return address on those holiday cards… I bet the majority are connected with the ACLU, Code Pink, the Democrats’ anti-war wing and coincide neatly with CindyZeroSheehan’s mailing list. I’m just surprised Wolf Blitzter, Keith Obermann (undisputed King of Snark), DannieRatherNot or Jon Stewart haven’t highlighted the plight of these poor, forgotten, misunderstood “freedom fighters” at Gitmo… and all those “brave” Americans who support the terrorists by mailing Holdiay cards and notes of well wishing.

    “What a foul’d stench doth rise from putrid bowels of the Left”.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — December 19, 2006 @ 8:45 am - December 19, 2006

  17. Seems like a good discussion in which to remind people that we can send our holiday greetings to OUR TROOPS using such sites as:

    http://anysoldier.com/

    Please note that you can no longer send mail addressed to “Any Soldier” for security reasons. The above website is a great place to get information on how to get your greetings to soldiers. You can also email them (or at least get links to do so) from the Armed Forces New Service website:

    http://www.usafns.com/email.shtml

    Comment by Mike — December 19, 2006 @ 9:13 am - December 19, 2006

  18. Screw Bill Maher!

    Did you read the sob story/BS pile about Mary Cheney?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 20, 2006 @ 1:48 am - December 20, 2006

  19. bill maher outted ken mehlman on larry king live – but i guess it is acceptable to out someone if they are republican – interestingly, cnn censored the name on the rebroadcast – both are posted on huffingtonpost

    Comment by sloop — December 21, 2006 @ 11:40 pm - December 21, 2006

  20. it is amazing how some people confuse reality for bias.

    Comment by markie — December 23, 2006 @ 2:51 pm - December 23, 2006

  21. Wow! The gays are divided against themselves just like the feminists. So much for standing up for you guys.

    Comment by Daniel Sebold — October 23, 2007 @ 11:12 am - October 23, 2007

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