Ignoring Democrat’s Opposition to Gay Rights while Painting his Republican Opponent as “Raging Homophobe”
If there is just a hint, even if two decades old, that a Republican official or prominent conservative may not hold perfectly politically correct views of gay people, expect the MSM to feature it prominently, but if a Democrat does not toe the gay rights’ line, expect the MSM (and even the gay media and gay advocacy groups) to ignore or downplay the issue.
The Washington Post has done in several articles about Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell, with many on its front page. The paper reported repeatedly on the Republican’s “1989 graduate school thesis in which the 14-year lawmaker and former attorney general had criticized working mothers and homosexuals and urged the promotion of traditional values through government.”
While McDonnell’s attitudes toward gay people have shifted over the past twenty years, Michael Barone believes the Post‘s article on a hearing he chaired, when in the Viginia legislature, on the reappointment of a lesbian judge accused of sexual harassment had the “obvious message. . .: this candidate thinks it’s all right to penalize people, in some unspecified way, for homosexual conduct.”
Meanwhile the conservative Weekly Standard has unearthed a statement from McDonnell’s Democratic opponent Creigh Deeds “of a more recent vintage” than McDonnell’s thesis. In a 1999 campaign ad, that Democrat said he didn’t believe in “special rights for gays.” (This wasn’t the only time Deeds (or his spokesman) said he opposed gay rights.) I doubt that will get the same coverage in the Post as have McDonnell’s comments made a decade earlier.
Commenting on this discrepancy, Barone writes:
If you gave me 20 minutes to do some googling and 15 minutes or so for writing, I think I could turn out a “news story” whose top paragraphs would suggest that Deeds is a raging homophobe, with exculpatory material planted far down in the story. I might reference Deeds’s 2009 ad, “Deeds Country,” in which he showcases his family and his roots in rural Virginia (the ad got panned by some conservatives, but I thought it was an attractive and effective introductory ad), as evidence that Deeds is a heterosexualist or something of that ilk. A fairer interpretation, I think, is that both Deeds and McDonnell have changed their opinions on gay rights issues over the years, as indeed have a majority of the American people, and that neither man has any animus against gay people. But that wouldn’t advance the obvious agenda of the Post’s news pages.
Emphasis added. Well said, very well said.
You see, when you’re a Democrat, you’re presumed to be better for gays because of that (D) after your name. That letter gives you immunity from past politically incorrect statements. If you’re a Republican, such statements come to define your entire political philosophy, revealing you to harbor deep resentments against homosexuals.
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