In a private e-mail to the Human Rights Campaign, a tired reporter in the Pine Tree State responded to their assertion that those who supported Question 1 on the state’s ballot month were haters, echoing something we have said on this blog.
“They said the Yes-on-1 people were haters. I’m a Christian. I take offense at that,” [Larry Grard, that aforementioned sleep-deprived journalist] said. “I e-mailed them back and said basically, ‘We’re not the ones doing the hating. You’re the ones doing the hating.’
He may have been weary, but he did have a point. A lot of the gay marriage activists have been doing a lot of hating.
Shortly after sending this e-mail, Grard, a “reporter for thirty-five years, the last eighteen of them at the Morning Sentinel in Waterville [Maine]” was summoned to the office of Bill Thompson, editor of the Sentinel:
He was told that Trevor Thomas, deputy communications director of the Human Rights Campaign, had Googled his name, discovered he was a reporter, and was demanding Grard be fired. According to Grard, Thompson said, “There’s no wiggle room.”
He was immediately dismissed.
Wow, just wow. HRC gets an intemperate e-mail and instead of asking for an apology demands the writer be fired. And heck, the reporter didn’t even cover “the marriage issue or other gay-rights controversies for the Sentinel.” But, to HRC, if you don’t have the politically correct mind-set, well, then you shouldn’t have a job in journalism. Maybe it’s because of tactics like theirs that mainstream reporters don’t cover the hateful rhetoric spewing from some segments the gay left.
Has any mainstream reporter ever covered the thuggish tactics of HRC?
Look, not all gay activists are haters, but there is a lot of hateful rhetoric on the gay left. We saw this last fall in the campaign against Prop 8 in the Golden State. And particularly in the aftermath of its passage.
Instead of firing journalists for mentioning this inconvenient truth in their private correspondence, maybe it’s time for editors to assign reporters to cover the hateful rhetoric of many (but fortunately not all) gay activists, their prejudiced attitudes toward conservatives and Christians and their reluctance to engage their opponents on the level of ideas rather than innuendo and insult.