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.