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Logo Announces First-Ever Half-Hour Gay Newscast:Will it Treat Gay Conservatives Fairly?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:07 pm - November 6, 2007.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Politics

Yesterday, November 5, Logo announced that it is launching the “first-ever half-hour news program for the LGBT audience produced by a major network news operation.” According to the Hollywood Reporter:

The 7 p.m. Mondays “CBS News on Logo” newscast is growing out of a partnership the channel, owned by MTV Networks, has had for two years with CBS News. A dedicated CBS News crew working out of its West 57th Street broadcast center had been producing three-minute interstitials that aired daily on Logo.

Joined by Itay Hod, Chagmion Antoine and other reporters across the nation, Jason Bellini will host the show. Court Passant will executive produce it.

Given that most gay people in the news media have a liberal bias, I did some google searches to see if Bellini might have a background in left-wing politics. Instead, I found j=he’s pretty much been a media professional for his entire career. Beginning his career with CNN, Bellini also worked for MTV before joining Logo. I did find one indication of possible Democratic Party affiliaton, but not enough to suggest that it might color his reporting. He had served as a Democratic page for Congress while a junior in high school.

When commenting last fall about the Mark Foley hullabaloo, he observed, “What most angers me about Mark Foley’s behavior is the violation of trust that, if the program survives, will take years to repair. ” I wonder if he would have said the same thing had he been asked to comment the early 1980s on the behavior of then-Democratic Congressman Gerry Studds. Bellini is exactly right about Foley’s violation of trust. Let’s hope he applies the same standards to Democratic misbehavior that he does to Republican misconduct.

As the show will deal with politics and cover the 2008 election, let us hope that unlike most other gay media institutions, this new one will consider the views of gay conservatives, taking the time to seek out voices outside the gay left mainstream.

And let us hope as well that make a great effort than to seek out more non-leftist gay views than those offered by Log Cabin. For that group clearly doesn’t speak for all gay conservatives. Heck, it doesn’t even speak for a majority of gay Republicans. While that supposedly Republican group failed to endorse the president in the 2004 election, he received (by our best estimates) about three-quarters of the gay Republican vote.

We also hope that this news program will cover important gay issues which the rest of the gay media has been largely ignoring, notably the increasing persecution of gay people in such Islamofascist regimes as Iran.

Given our experience with gay media, our welcome of this new news program may not be as warm as that of other gay bloggers. But, then again, just as this half-hour telecast is pioneering so too might be its coverage of events of the day and larger trends in our community. Perhaps, unlike most “mainstream” gay media outlets, this one will pay attention to gay conservatives, treat us fairly and truly cover the diverse views of gay and lesbian Americans.

Financial Planning Seminar & Wine-Tasting in LA

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:42 pm - November 6, 2007.
Filed under: General

My financial advisor, Laura Norris, asked me to invite readers in Southern California to a special Financial Planning seminar geared to gay and lesbian indviduals she’s hosting next Thursday, November 15, 2007 from 6:15 – 7:30 PM at Mel & Rose, 8344 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The seminar will include a Wine-Tasting.

The featured speaker will be Christopher Johnson of RRJ Law who’ll address such issues as:

Protecting Income and Assets for ourselves and partners.

Decision-making if one partner is hospitalized.

Ensuring that our partners or other loved ones inherit our assets.

Finding means for our partners to receive incomes from pensions when benefits cannot be transferred

RSVP to me or to Laura directly.

Top 10 Most Outrageous Liberal Media Quotes Over Past 20 Years

First, there are a lot of caveats in that headline.  Second, I’m surprised they could narrow it down to 10.  Third, I hate to have been the researcher that had to do it…. they must have been poring through every minute of tape and newsprint since 1997 so they didn’t miss anything.  After all, the outrageous lies from the “Mainstream Media” are now hourly occurrences.

In any ase, for what its worth, here are just a few of the list of Top 10 Outrageous Liberal Media Quotes Over the Past 20 Years as complied by the Media Research Center.

#1 – Reviling Ronald Reagan:  “In the plague years of the 1980s — that low decade of denial, indifference, hostility, opportunism and idiocy — government fiddled and medicine diddled, and the media were silent or hysterical. A gerontocratic Ronald Reagan took this [AIDS] plague less seriously than Gerald Ford had taken swine flu. After all, he didn’t need the ghettos and he didn’t want the gays.”– CBS’s John Leonard on “Sunday Morning,” Sept. 5, 1993.

#3 – Typical Liberal Compassion:  “I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease…. He is an absolutely reprehensible person.” — USA Today columnist and Pacifica Radio talk show host Julianne Malveaux on Justice Clarence Thomas, Nov. 4, 1994, on PBS’s “To the Contrary.”

#6 – Talk Radio Terrorists:  “The bombing in Oklahoma City has focused renewed attention on the rhetoric that’s been coming from the right and those who cater to angry white men…. Right-wing talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Bob Grant, Oliver North, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Reagan and others take to the air every day with basically the same format: Detail a problem, blame the government or a group and invite invective from like-minded people…. Never do most of the radio hosts encourage outright violence, but the extent to which their attitudes may embolden or encourage some extremists has clearly become an issue.” — Bryant Gumbel, co-host of NBC’s “Today Show,” April 25, 1995.

#10 – Rosie vs. Radical Christianity:  “As a result of the [9/11] attack and the killing of nearly 3,000 innocent people, we invaded two countries and killed innocent people in their countries…. Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America.” — Rosie O’Donnell on ABC’s “The View,” Sept. 12, 2006.

You can’t make this stuff up.  Liberal Media Elitists truly do speak for themselves. 

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

“Dogs Are Family”

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:25 am - November 6, 2007.
Filed under: Dogs,Friendship,We The People

There’s not much to add to this sentiment from Mark Levin’s new book, Rescuing Sprite. (h/t – The Corner)

I think there is something special about dogs. There’s a special connection or bond between humans and dogs. It’s as if dogs exist to bring people happiness. They teach us about life, loyalty, joy, trust, responsibility, and laughter. They help us clear out all the clutter that surrounds our busy lives and focus on what’s really important. They tell us it’s okay to take time to play sock-pull or have a catch, make silly noises, and enjoy yourself despite all the pressures we adult humans have deal with. Let me put it this way: Dogs are not pets. Dogs are family.

And while we are on the topic of recommending dog-related books….

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…this one is a must-read and a serious tearjerker.  You will fall in love with Marley, I assure you.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Today Is Election Day! Please VOTE!

VOTE NOW!

The 2007 Weblog Awards
Hey, we ain’t gonna win… the Gay Left bloggers are doing a damn fine job of a tight three-way race between them.  So much for dividing the liberal voting bloc!But let’s make sure we make a strong showing in the final days!   Last day to vote is November 8th.

PS – Today really IS Election Day here in Charlotte, NC.   We have a mayor’s race, and a critical Tax Repeal Vote on our transit tax for light rail.   More later on this throughout the day.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)