Before I realized that Bruce had written about the police closing down Lafayette Park yesterday in response to a juvenile stunt by gay activists supporting repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT), I had written a quick post on the matter which appeared briefly on the blog. I removed after seeing Bruce’s post.
Seems we offered a similar argument and there was no reason to have two such posts.
It has kind of surprised me that the mainstream media has picked up on this. Didn’t think they wanted a story which would put the Obama Administration in a bad light. To their credit, many media outlets have covered the story. A leftist with integrity has discovered some folks who haven’t taken notice:
Why am I so critical of the Gay Inc orgs GLAAD, HRC and NGLTF, other than the usual reasons of they have miserably failed to deliver much-promised change and fierce advocacy?
It is for things like their silence today over the courageous disruption of activists from the GetEqual org last night demanding President Obama spend some political capital repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
Click here to check out LA reporter and blogger Karen Ocamb’s comprehensive coverage, with lots of text, some pics and vids, of the action.
Then there is the same silence from the orgs regarding the arrest today of six gay military personnel, both veteran and current active, at the fence of the White House. Click here for some mainstream news coverage, and here for blogosphere coverage.
Now, we may quibble about whether or not the disruption was courageous. But, we do agree that it is newsworthy.
Agree or disagree with the folks at GetEQUAL, you gotta admire their spunk. They have organized independently of the main gay organizations, believing they’re not working aggressively enough to promote gay interests, with some seeing them as toadies to the Democratic Party. They are, to be sure, far to the left of us, but at least they’re true to their principles.
Police chase reporters away from covering protest outside White House. “Exit question: On a scale of one to 10, where would this rate on the Crushing-of-Dissent-o-meter if it had happened under Bush? (Exit answer: Eight!)”