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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.