It probably comes as no surprise, but the mainstream media is continuing to treat ultra conservatives as representatives for conservative perspectives, an important element of the trend of right-washing in mainstream television news.
Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council, the organization that's been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been popping up all over network news - from Fox News to CNN to MSNBC - to promulgate his anti-gay views, reinforce the notion that to be conservative you must be anti-gay, and use the LGBT community as a scapegoat for the country's economic issues.
Media Matters has released a new alert about Perkins' presence on television.
According to the organization, Perkins' appearances on each network are incredibly similar, with several key patterns:
- The host fails to acknowledge Perkins as the leader of an anti-gay hate group
Perkins is allowed to speak generally about what social conservatives want from a candidate
- Perkins attempts to link same-sex marriage to the bad economy
- The host asks Perkins which candidate his group will endorse
- Perkins pitches his Values Voter Summit (three times in less than ten minutes during a recent Hannity segment)
- The segment ends without a mention of Perkin's history of anti-gay extremism or ties to white supremacists
The mainstream news media may be a failure, but to deny its power and reach would be foolish. Every time Tony Perkins appears on network TV, he - not to mention the Family Research Council - is legitimatized as a rational, reasonable person who simply has his own opinion instead of being condemned as a hate group.
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