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More Silly Bias from CNN

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:16 pm - July 11, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Media Bias

While watching CNN while doing cardio, I noted yet again obvious bias of that “news” network, with Wolf Blitzer dwelling forever on a story that even the network’s own Jeffrey Toobin, obsequious legal court jester to the media elite, dismissed.

Based on one law professor who just happens to teach in McCain’s home state (a fact Wolf breathlessly reported), the network tried to resurrect the story that the presumptive Republican nominee may not be constitutionally eligible to serve (he was not born in one of the forty-eight states then admitted to the Union, but in the Panama Canal Zone, then a U.S. territory).

This has been asked and answered so many time that it seems the only reason Blitzer dwelled on this was to created doubts in people’s minds about John McCain. He’s just recycling old news for partisan advantage.

Seems it’s not just MSNBC which has become the “news” network of the Obama campaign.

And then there was Jack Cafferty wondering if Jesse Jackson’s latest outrageous statement would impact the rabble-rouser’s relevance.

C’mon, Jack, Jesse has been making outrageous comments now for a quarter-century and the media has nourished his ambitions by featuring him regularly while Democratic politicians continue to play court to the charlatan. Even your network, Jack, continues to feature the man.

The only reason he’s been “relevant” for so long is because media outlets like CNN fawn on the repeatedly-disgraced liberal activist.

He’ll only become irrelevant when new organizations stop paying attention to him and refuse to put microphones and camera in front of him whenever he demagogues some issue.

Would the media devote as much attention to a conservative preacher who repeatedly made mean-spirited comments and remarks which border on anti-Semitism? How would the media treat a conservative who headed a non-profit organization (which received money from the federal government) and used that organization’s funds to pay his mistress and support the child born of their affair?

Gay Men’s Neuroses, A Reader’s View

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:02 pm - July 11, 2008.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Culture

A reader just messaged me his view on why gay men are so neurotic.  While I don’t think this holds true for all gay men, I do think it applies to some, particularly those who live not far from me in the center of West Hollywood.

WIth his permission, I quote his message verbatim and invite you to offer your own thoughts in the comment section: 

Well, the community idolizes youth and sees older than 30 as “throwaway”, yet worships material goods and lifestyles that rarely ever become affordable until at LEAST one’s late 30s, sometimes later. It’s an unspoken neurosis!

UPDATE: When a reader messaged me his thought, I decided to post on it as I thought it was certain to stir up controversy and conversation — as it has. Which is good because with my trip back home, my return to LA and now my Theater Managing duties at Outfest (it’s not too late to get tickets–if last night is any indication, the program includes a lot of powerful films), I don’t really have much energy to write today, but may yet do a short post on media bias.

Anyway, while thinking about my friend’s comment, I recalled a script I had mapped out which fits the pattern of gay neurosis he described. The story begins with a twentysomething guy trying to buy something expensive in a trendy Palm Springs shop. When he learns he has maxed out his credit card, the clerk lets him buy the item because his partner’s credit is always good here.

This young’un has shacked up with a rich older man to have all the privileges of wealth while still a “hottie.” His older lover tolerates his occasional “extra-marital” flings so long as he’s there when he needs him (sexually and for “display” purposes).

Well, the young man’s life changes when his partner’s next door neighbor, a successful Hollywood agent, lets one of his charity clients, a writer who barely scrapes by, stay at his desert home for a few weeks. Attracted by this man not all that much older than he, the young man reevaluates his life, wondering if he could give up his lifestyle with the rich old man to share a different life with a (relatively) impoverished artist whom he loves.

Those who know me can figure out how it ends (in my imagination). And that ending shows how, I believe, gay men can best address that “neurosis.”