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Media Downgrading Gay Relationships by Ignoring Frank Conflict of Interest

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Commenting on Barney Frank’s conflict of interest, serving on the House Banking Committee while his partner worked at Fannie Mae, JammieWearingFool wonders if the media (save Bill Sammon who broke the story) has been ignoring this because Frank is gay.

Building on JMF’s point, Glenn Reynolds wonders if “Is this the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations?’ Or is it just, you know, a case of convenient political correctness?

Soft bigotry of low expectations?  They have lower expectations of gay relationships than they do of straight marriage?  Is that why the media have not picked up on the story?  Do the media assume that our relationships not subject us to the same conflicts of interest as straight ones? Because that is the assumption they are making if they continue to ignore this story.

It’s not just the mainstream media. It’s also the gay media. And indeed gay organizations. If they do not call attention to Barney’s Frank’s conflict of interest in this matter, they are saying we should not treat gay relationships the same as straight ones.  It’s that simple.

Or are they unwilling to look at the flaws of an openly gay Democratic Member of Congress?  But, in not looking at his flaws, they establish a double standard, a double standard which downgrades gay relationships.

Frank Hypocrisy

Explaining to Charlie Rose why we’re in the financial mess we’re in, Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Commitee, said there was a “lack of appropriate regulation.”  Interesting that this man who decries an absence of private sector regulation was so loath to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprises at the center of this mess:

His record is close to perfect as a stalwart opponent of reforming the two companies, going back more than a decade. The first concerted push to rein in Fan and Fred in Congress came as far back as 1992, and Mr. Frank was right there, standing athwart. But things really picked up this decade, and Barney was there at every turn

Hmmm. .. going back to 1992? Wasn’t Barney then partnered to a man who worked at Fannie Mae?

Interesting that a man who blames the crisis on a paucity of regulation of the private sector has a long record of opposing regulation of the public sector.  Shouldn’t government institutions be subject to greater scrutiny given that they don’t face the same market-place risks as does private ones?

Do you think those media guardians ever willing to expose the supposed hypocrisy of gay Republicans will look into the hypocrisy of this gay Democrat?

I wouldn’t bet on it.

UPDATE:  Seems Frank finally got the message that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac needed additional oversight.  Last year, he sponsored H.R. 1427 which would have strengthened oversight of the GSEs. It passed the House, but died in Chris Dodd’s Senate Banking Committee. So, if he finally found it necessary to regulate the GSEs, long after Republicans had been pushing for such reform, why did he blame an absence of private sector regulation? (Via Instapundit.)

His own legislation shows he understood the necessity of additional oversight of government-sponsored institutions. Guess it’s just too hard for a liberal Democrat to let go of his faith in government interference in the free market.

On Sarah Palin’s Church & Obama’s

Several readers have e-mailed me a link to a video produced by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Sarah Palin. That HRC produced it calls into question its objectivity.

The video provides no information about Sarah Palin’s attitudes to gays, no evidence of any anti-gay animus. it merely includes interviews of people who don’t like her, one of them sporting an Obama button. They note that her church supported “reparative therapy” and suggest that she too supports it merely due to her church membership.

In reflecting on this video, I wonder why if these gay activists get so upset about Sarah Palin because she belongs to a church which promotes a ex-gay conference, they’re not upset about Barack Obama belonging to a church whose pastor associated with some very unsavory characters, some of whom had some pretty harsh anti-gay attitudes.

Not just that. Palin may belong to a church which promotes an ex-gay ministry, but Obama campaigned with an ex-gay minister.

If HRC were truly interested in exploring the records of the various candidates on gay issues, rather than advocating for Democratic candidates and maligning Republican ones, it would explore Obama’s associations as more honest and honorable liberals have done. At least as much time as they did talking to gay Obama supporters in Alaska about Sarah Palin’s record.

Why Gay Americans Should Vote for John McCain

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:32 am - October 5, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Gay America

The editors of asked me to write a piece on why gays should vote for John McCain.  They just posted it, John McCain Better for All Americans, Not Just Gays.  Here’s the opening:

From the outset of the 2004 campaign, I had intended not only to vote for George W. Bush, but also to contribute to his campaign. That all changed on February 24 when the president announced his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA). A week later, in the California Republican primary, I wrote in Rudy Giuliani for president.

For the first time since 1992, I considered voting for someone other than a Republican for President of the United States in the general election. I debated voting Libertarian or not voting at all. I paid close attention to the then-presumptive Democratic nominee, John Kerry. The more I listened to Kerry, the more I realized how clueless he was about the threats facing our nation abroad and how similar his domestic policies were to the failed ideas of Jimmy Carter and other liberal Democrats, policies rejected even by Bill Clinton, the most recent Democratic president.

By the spring of 2004, I returned to Bush, albeit reluctantly, largely because he understood international threats and had a strategy for confronting Islamofascism. Given the stakes in that election, I overcame my unease about his endorsement of the FMA and voted for him, but did not contribute to his campaign as I had initially anticipated.

Click here to read the rest.

GayPatriot LA gathering

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:28 am - October 5, 2008.
Filed under: Blogging,LA Stories

While I had advertised the outing to see An American Carol barely twenty-four hours before we ended up seeing the flick last night in Hollywood, we gathered fourteen GayPatriot readers and friends.  A few of us met for dinner beforehand.  Nearly all remained afterwards for a cocktail, coffee or late-night snack.

It was great to meet so many readers and I was delighted we could assemble such a crowd on such short notice.  I hadn’t realized we had so many readers in the LA area.  We would surely have had a larger crowd had we planned further in advance.

It’s good to know that there are so many gay conservatives and friendly straights in the Hollywood area, some in the entertainment industry.

We’ll have to plan further such events.  Thanks to all of you for joining us!