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Bill Moyers: The Power of Outing

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If it weren’t for his Power of Myth series where he introduced Joseph Campbell to a broader audience, Bill Moyers would have contributed little to our national discourse.  He has otherwise dedicated his career almost exclusively to destroying Republicans.

It’s too bad that despite his deep affection for Campbell and his work, Moyers all but ignored that great mythologist’s politics.  Campbell was a Republican and, as I understand, a pretty conservative one at that.

A true investigative reporter who regularly denounces conservatives might want to explore more deeply how his hero’s lifetime study of mythology did not shake his conservative political convictions.

In his White House days, working for then-Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, Moyers was more curious about the sexuality of some of his coworkers:

Bill Moyers, a White House aide now best known as a liberal television commentator, is described in the records as seeking information on the sexual preferences of White House staff members. Moyers said by e-mail yesterday that his memory is unclear after so many years but that he may have been simply looking for details of allegations first brought to the president by Hoover.

And he wasn’t just looking to find out if his coworkers were gay:

Only a few weeks before the 1964 election, a powerful presidential assistant, Walter Jenkins, was arrested in a men’s room in Washington. Evidently, the president was concerned that Barry Goldwater would use that against him in the election. Another assistant, Bill Moyers, was tasked to direct Hoover to do an investigation of Goldwater’s staff to find similar evidence of homosexual activity. Mr. Moyers’ memo to the FBI was in one of the files.

Isn’t using the FBI to dig up dirt on political opponents kind of similar to what Nixon did in Watergate?  There’s even a memo in the FBI files.

Oh, and this story about Moyers’ snooping around for evidence of gay people in the Goldwater camp came out in July of 2005.  For three-and-one-half years, the leading gay organizations have been silent on the matter while this onetime practioner of outing prattles away on national TV.

I daresay they’d have reacted differently if Moyers were a former Nixon aide with a show on FoxNews.

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On Pundits & Investigating Sexuality of Politicos

Let’s say when rustling around in the closet of some leading conservative pundit with a weekly television show, an investigator finds that when that conservative was working in government, he asked the FBI to find out if any of his political rivals were gay?  Let’s say this very pundit had investigated the sexuality of one of his peers.

How would the Human Right Campaign (HRC), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) react?  Other gay groups?  You can bet they’d be calling for his head, demanding he, at minimum issue an apology, quite possibly attend sensitivity training classes and maybe even demand the network to drop his show.  At minimum, they would issue a statement on this.

Since a leading liberal pundit did just that, I’m about to investigate how they reacted.  Now, as I type these words, I admit not having yet checked their websites nor done any manner of google searches into this matter, but I have reached a preliminary conclusion, that they haven’t mentioned it.

Time will tell how right I am.  And whether I need add “Liberal Hypocrisy” as a category for this post.

Keep an eye on this post.  Updates to come.

HRC UPDATE:  Here’s the only reference to Bill Moyers on the HRC web-site.

NGLTF UPDATE:  My search yielded no results.

I was right!  I was right.  Oh, how easy it is to predict how these groups will react to a Democrat’s questionable conduct on matters of sexuality.

I can’t even find this on the Washington Blade web-site, but at least they linked this Washington Post story.

Time to add a new category to this post.

More on this anon.

Were the French Right about Mickey Rourke?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:12 pm - February 20, 2009.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

Not since Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got to Do With It have I seen an actor portary both the performer as person of an entertainer as well as did Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler.  While I found the movie difficult to watch at times, I was absolutely blown away by his performance.  And impressed with that of Marisa Tomei.

You both believe him when he’s in the arena as when he struggles with his relationship to his daughter and to a stripper for whom he’s fallen.  You see him confront his decline with a grace and pathos rarely portrayed so subtly on the silver screen.

What always impressed me about Bassett’s realization (incarnation?) of Tina Turner was not just that she portrayed the emotions of a talented artist, rising from obscurity to stardom while struggling with a husband who saw her more as a meal ticket than a loving companion, but how hard she worked to realize Turner the performer.  And Tina Turner is not just a great singer, but has an amazing stage (and screen) presence.  Bassett captured that.

Just as Rourke captured the presence of a professional wrestler who knows his profession is as much about entertainment as it about sport.  To quote Theodore Roosevelt, he is truly “in the arena.”

Before I had seen this film, I was rooting for Frank Langella to win the Oscar for Best Actor, largely because I see an Academy Award as honoring not just a particular performance, but also a lifetime achievement (as was its original purpose).   And Langella has a lifetime of great performances, most of them in small roles.

I tend to root for the oldest of the nominees when there are number of amazing performances.  And at least three actors richly deserve the honor (Sean Penn being the third).  I was rooting for Langella, but after seeing The Wrestler, I no longer have a favorite in this race.  But, I wonder if ten years hence, I again catch the flick, if I’ll feel as I do every time I watch What’s Love Got to Do With it, the lead wuz robbed.

Oh, and one more thing.  When I lived in Paris in the late 1980s, Mickey Rourke was to the French what Jerry Lewis had been a generation before.  Maybe they were onto something . . . .

Rich Sanchez: Tapping Democratic Blogress to Go After Republican Congresswoman

Well, at the gym today, the only place I catch CNN, I caught a little more of the “news” network.  And it wasn’t just seeing Anderson Cooper working out.  (Nice arms, but he needs to do more leg work.)

For my cooldown, I did some cardio just as Rich Sanchez came out.  It seems that whenever I catch this guy, he’s always attacking one conservative or another.  I wondered if he ever goes after Democrats.  Today, Minnesota Congressman Michelle Bachmann was the subject of his “investigation.”  As he went about that Republican, he brought on Patricia Murphy, AKA Citizen Jane.

On her website, Ms. Murphy makes herself sound like a non-partisan blogress offering a woman’s perspective on politics.  She claims “nine years” experience on Capitol Hill.  What she doesn’t say is that all nine of those years were for Democrats.

Wonder if Rick Sanchez ever went after a Democratic politician with a generous assist from a Republican blogger . . . .

I mean, there are all these scandals swirling around Democratic politicians.  And Rick decides to pick on a Republican.  (Will update with examples of him inviting a conservative blogger on to go after a Democrat . . . if there are any.)

Ellen DeGeneres: Lipstick Lesbian Cover Girl!?!

I have long been a fan of Ellen. She is both funny and self-deprecating. Even after she came out, now over a decade ago, she hasn’t politicized her identity as have many openly gay performers in the public eye. She just seems very comfortable in her own skin.

Her sexuality is, as it should be, incidental to her public persona.

Anyway, while working out today at the gym, I caught her on a commercial for Cover Girl makeup. I guess that makes her a lipstick lesbian now? I also thought of Ellen as a no-makeup kind of gal.

Whatever the case, Ellen’s becoming “the new face of Cover Girl” is just one more sign of how far as we’ve come as a society. (Following the link and note her reflections on lip liner. . . .) A celebrity can come out as or lesbian and still be featured in ads for a number of corporations.

(This was announced back in September and the campaign began last month.)

Kudos, Ellen!

Obama to Address Congress on Economy:
After Economic “Stimulus” Passes?!?!?

As I was reading about the president’s address to Congress, a thought occurred.

First, about the address.  According to the Washington Post‘s Michael D. Shear:

President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24, an administration official said, giving the equivalent of a State of the Union speech that promises to continue his grim assessments of the nation’s struggling economy.

Obama aides had promised such a speech but had not yet announced a date. The decision to give the speech on Feb. 24 means that he will deliver it not long after Congress considers (sic) his economic stimulus plan about ten days earlier.

Emphasis added.  Delivering the speech on the economy after Congress considered the economic “stimulus”?

Maybe the strangeness of that succession is why Shear got his tenses wrong.   I mean, shouldn’t such a speech come before Congress votes on his economic recovery plan?

Twenty-eight years ago, Ronald Reagan who, unlike Obama, had campaigned on an economic recovery plan very similar to that he presented to Congress, addressed Congress before the legislature voted on that plan.

And the economic situation was considerably more dire back then than it is today.

Obama’s War Doublespeak

How DARE some stupid Senator challenge President Obama’s surge into Afghanistan!

“I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops is going to solve the violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

“I think it is fair to say that the President has simply tried to gain another six months to continue on the same course that we’ve been on for several years now. It is a course that will not succeed. It is a course that is exacting an enormous toll on the American people and our troops.”

“We can send 15,000 more troops; 20,000 more troops; 30,000 more troops. I don’t know any expert on the region or any military officer that I’ve spoken to privately that believes that that is gonna make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground.”

Oh…..wait…… that was then-Senator Obama talking about the futility of the surge in Iraq.  Gee, what great judgment the Great and Powerful O has!

*sigh*

I guess Obamaspeak has a whole new set of rules that I don’t understand yet.  I went to publik skool.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Scenes from CNN (seen at the gym)

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:15 am - February 20, 2009.
Filed under: Media Bias

Last night, while doing my cardio, I caught a bit of Larry King Live, only the eponymous host was off.  Joy Behar, the comedienne  was subbing for him.  While I’m no fan of Ann Coulter, I gotta give the gal credit for keeping her cool as Ms. Behar beat up on her.  No whiner she.  One of our readers didn’t think too highly of the hostess from The View:

Did anyone catch Joy Behar “trying” to attack Ann Coulter. Does she know how to professionally interview anyone? She was very rude! Has she ever read G. Washington’s Rules of Civility. Maybe this would help her?

As I watched the show, I had similar thoughts.  I also wondered if King ever had a conservative guest host. (Look, I don’t watch the show much, so I really don’t know. I’ll update if readers have evidence of such hosts.)

Funny I should have caught that liberal talker on Larry King last night. Earlier in the day, a friend e-mailed that he too only catches CNN when he’s at the gym:

I was watching CNN at the gym (because I had no choice) and there was a puff piece about our soldiers in Afghanistan called “Why they Fight.”   Did they ever do this about the troops when Bush was prez? NO!  Only now since St. Obama has sent the troops is it a noble cause.

Maybe I’ll have to broach this subject with Anderson Cooper should he show up at my gym for another workout as he did on Wednesday.