Evidence: media coverage favors gay rights

Evidence: media coverage favors gay rights


WE’VE GOT ALL OF THAT AND A LOT MORE ON THE SHOW THIS MORNING. BUT FIRST, A STATEMENT AND A QUESTION. WE’VE SEEN A DRAMATIC CHANGE IN AMERICA’S ATTITUDES TOWARDS GAY RIGHTS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. HERE’S THE QUESTION, HOW MUCH HAS THE MEDIA INFLUENCED THAT CHANGE. LET’S BACK UP A MOMENT AND LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK. ANOTHER LANDMARK WEEK FOR GAY RIGHTS. THE GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA VETOED A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN BUSINESSES THE LEGAL GROUNDS TO DENY SERVICES TO GAY PEOPLE. IN TEXAS A FEDERAL JUDGE STRUCK DOWN THAT STATE’S BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE AND IN KENTUCKY A DISTRICT JUDGE SAID THE STATE MUST RECOGNIZE GAY MARRIAGES THAT WERE PERFORMED IN STATES WHERE THEY ARE LEGAL. OF COURSE, THESE BATTLES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE FAR FROM OVER. LOOK AT HOW MUCH HAS CHANGED. REPUBLICANS MITT ROMNEY, JOHN McCAIN AND EVEN SOME FOX NEWS STARS, ALL SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE ARIZONA BILL. HOW MUCH OF A ROLE DID WE IN THE MEDIA PLAY HERE. LOOK AT THIS RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER LAST SUMMER AROUND THE GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE. IT FOUND THAT STORIES EMPHASIZING SUPPORT FOR GAY MARRIAGE WERE FIVE TIMES AS COMMON AS STORIES EMPHASIZING OPPOSITION. SO IS THE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THIS ISSUE SHAPING AMERICA’S CHANGING ATTITUDES? OR IS IT MERELY REFLECTING THOSE CHANGES THAT ARE HAPPENING ANYWAY. JOINING ME TO HASH THIS OUT IS BEN SHAPIRO COLUMNIST AND EDITOR AT LARGE FOR BRIGHT BART.COM AND FOLLOW MASS FRANK THE AUTHOR OF “WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS.” THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING ME.>>SURE THING.>>THANKS SO MUCH.>>TOM, THIS CUTS TO THE HEART OF WHAT SOME PEOPLE COMPLAINED ABOUT FOR DECADE, THE IDEA THAT MEDIA IS BIASED IN THE CASE FOR LIBERALS. IS THAT THE CASE AND WHAT ELSE ACCOUNTS FOR THE CHANGING ATTITUDES WE’VE SEEN IN ALL OF THE POLLING IN RECENT YEARS?>>I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A BIG DOUBTER OF THE LIBERAL BIAS CRITIQUE, ALTHOUGH MAYBE THIS ISSUE IS DIFFERENT. IF YOU GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE LONG HISTORY OF THE BIAS CRITIQUE GOES BACK TO WE KNOW WHEN IT STARTED, SPIRO AGNEW IN 1969 BASICALLY INVENTED THIS AS A WAY OF GETTING BACK AT THE NEWS MEDIA OF THE DAY THAT WAS, YOU KNOW, THAT HE THOUGHT WAS OPPOSING THE VIETNAM WAR AND THAT SORT OF THING. AND IT’S, YOU KNOW, IT’S GONE ON AND ON OVER THE YEARS AND THE HILARIOUS THING IS THAT THE MEDIA IS OBJECTIVELY MUCH LESS LIBERAL TODAY THAN IT WAS THEN AFTER YEARS AND YEARS OF THIS STUFF. BUT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING QUESTION. DOES THE MEDIA REFLECT OR DOES IT CAUSE? AND PEOPLE DEBATE THIS ALL THE TIME IN SOCIOLOGY AND HISTORY, ALL SORTS OF OTHER DISCIPLINES. I USED TO ARGUE ABOUT IT MYSELF.>>BEN, WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THIS? DO YOU FEEL THAT THE PRESS EITHER RESPONSIBLY OR IRRESPONSIBLY ENCOURAGES ACCEPTANCE OF GAY MARRIAGE AND LAWS THAT ENCOURAGE GAY RIGHTS?>>AS FAR AS THE BIAS OF MEDIA WHETHER IT’S REFLECTIVE OR GENRETIVE THE FACT IT REFLECTS L.A. AND NEW YORK AND GENERATES FEELING ELSEWHERE. PEOPLE TEND TO REFLECT THE SITUATIONS IN WHICH THEY LIVE. THE MEDIA IS LARGELY BASED IN COASTAL LARGE CITIES, LIBERAL CITIES, AND THEREFORE THEIR BIAS IS REFLECTIVE OF THOSE CITIES WHILE CHANGING THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. >>IS THE PRESS IN THIS CASE AN ENEMY OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM THEN? WE SAW SO MUCH CRITICISM OF THIS BILL FROM REPORTERS AND FROM COMMENTATORS AND FROM CORPORATE INTERESTS?>>ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY AN OPPONENT TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. THE PRESS BELIEVES THAT ESSENTIALLY RELIGIOUS INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE FORCED TO ABIDE BY WHATEVER THE PRESS’S STANDARDS OF MORALITY ARE. YOU’VE SEEN PEOPLE LIKE TONY CORNHIGHSER ON ESPN SUGGEST THIS LAW WOULD FORCE PEOPLE GAYS IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA TO WEAR YELLOW STARS OR GAYS AND LESBIANS WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO ATTEND NFL FOOTBALL GAMES. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LAW AS WRITTEN AND DESIGNATED TO CREATE THE PERCEPTION THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE A BUNCH OF BIGOTS LOOKING TO CROWBAR GAY PEOPLE IN THE STREETS.>>DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THE AMERICA I KNOW. HYPERBOLE IS COMMON IN THE PRESENCE. >>HELL I DEAL IN THAT STUFF. THAT’S WHAT I DO, MAN. CAN I JUST — >>COMMENTARY AND THEN THE NEWS MEDIA AND THOSE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS. >>CAN I TAKE A STEP BACK HERE? I’M FROM KANSAS AND MY — THE THING THAT GOT ME WRITING WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS WHEN THEY HAD THE DEBATE OVER THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION IN THE STATE OF KANSAS AND THE MEDIA ALL OVER THE WORLD WENT ABSOLUTELY BE ZESHG, MAKING FUN OF KANSAS. IT’S A REPLAY OF THE MONKEY TRIAL DOWN IN TENNESSEE IN THE 1920s. IT WAS A CLASSIC MEDIA SET PIECE AND EVERYBODY WAS LAUGHING AT KANSAS AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THE LOCAL CONSERVATIVES STRUCK BACK SAYING YES, THEY DIDN’T DESCRIBE WHAT WE WERE DOING PRECISELY TO THE LETTER. THEY DIDN’T GET IT EXACTLY RIGHT. THEY HAD A POINT. BUT IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS, THE MEDIA HAD THAT STORY RIGHT. I THINK THEY HAVE THIS ONE RIGHT AS WELL. >>SORRY. THOMAS ADMITTED THE MEETING IS BIASED AND SKEWS THE STORY BUT IN GENERAL THEY HAVE THE STORY RIGHT. EXPLAIN HOW A LAW THAT DOESN’T MENTION HOMOSEXUALITY IS ABOUT ALLOWING RESTAURANTS TO HAVE A RIGHT THAT TRUMPS FEDERAL LAW WHICH THIS DOES NOT AND HOW THIS LAW IS GOING TO ALLOW RESTAURANTS TO RANDOMLY THROW GAY PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR BUSINESSES IN A WAY THEY WEREN’T ABLE TO BEFORE IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA? PLEASE EXPLAIN THAT TO ME HOW THAT’S ACCURATE. >>IT’S NOT A LAW. IT GOT VETOED. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS. >>A BILL, CORRECT. >>YEAH. SO I DIDN’T READ THAT ONE BUT I DID READ THE BILL IN KANSAS, YOU KNOW. THE ACTUAL LAW ITSELF, THE PROPOSAL ITSELF, THE BILL THAT GOT VETOED THE OTHER DAY AND THEY HAD ONE IN KANSAS AND A BUNCH OF OTHER STATES, THAT’S, YOU KNOW, THE REALLY INTERESTING THING. WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? WHO DEVELOPED IT. THAT SORT OF THING. YOU KNOW, IT WAS SORT OF MY OPINION IS THAT IT WAS ALL SORT OF GINED UP AS A KIND OF CULTURE WAR SET PIECE TO RALLY THE TROOPS, GET SOMETHING FOR PEOPLE TO FEEL PERSECUTED ABOUT, GET THE VOTERS WORKED UP ABOUT THE ONSLAUGHT OF, YOU KNOW, LIBERALS AND THE TRIAL LAWYERS AND THE OUTSIDE JUDGES AND THAT KIND OF THING. FEN F THEN FALLING BACK ON LIBERAL BIAS IS SALVAGE A GAME THAT’S BEEN LOST BASICALLY IN MY OPINION. >>BEN, WHEN YOU COME ON TELEVISION, WHEN YOU WRITE COLUMNS, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE BEING PERSECUTED OR DO YOU FEEL YOU ARE BEING, YOU KNOW, PUT IN AN UNCOMFORTABLE POSITION BECAUSE EVERYBODY ELSE SEEMS TO BELIEVE THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE?>>I’M HAPPY TO BE A LIBERAL. I SPENT MY LIFE IN LOS ANGELES IN CAMBRIDGE, I LIKE BEING IN LIBERAL AREAS AND DUKING IT OUT. NO QUESTION THAT THE MEDIA IS BIAS TO THE LEFT AND NO QUESTION THAT THE MEDIA IS VERY MUCH IN FAVOR OF GOVERNMENT THAT GETS TO CONTROL WHAT RELIGIOUS PEOPLE DO WITH THEIR PRIVATE BUSINESSES. I MEAN, AND DO I FEEL PERSECUTED IN THAT WAY? LET’S SEE. IF THE GOVERNMENT DECIDES IT CAN TELL ME TO VIOLATE PLY OWN RELIGIOUS PRESETS BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAS A GREATER GOOD IT IS ATTEMPTING TO PURSUE WITHOUT EVIDENCE THAT GREATER GOOD IS ACTUALLY A NECESSITY, ANYBODY WHO COMPARES THE PLIGHT OF 2014 G GAYS TO BLACKS IS ABSURD. WE STILL HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND I’M HAPPY FOR YOU TO BE ON THE AIR, FOR YOU TO BE ON THE AIR THOMAS. I THINK THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAN ME.>>AWESOME. >>YOU MEAN THE PRESS?>>THAT WOULD BE THE CRAZIEST THING IN THE WORLD. I’M ALWAYS THE ODD MAN OUT. I MEAN, IF YOU KNOW THE DAY — >>YEAH, RIGHT — >>I SHOULDN’T GO DOWN THIS ROAD BUT I HAVE SPENT MY ENTIRE LIFE HAVING EXTREMELY UNPOPULAR VIEWS, UNPOPULAR OPINIONS, AND I AGREE, THANK GOD FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. THIS IS, YOU KNOW, THAT’S — IT’S A WONDERFUL THING.>>I’M ACTUALLY NOT EVEN, YOU KNOW, ON THE SIDE THAT YOU PROBABLY THINK I’M ON BUT AS FAR AS BEING ON THE DEFENSE, BEING FROM THE RIGHT ON A LEFT NETWORK LIKE CNN, OF COURSE I’M ON THE DEFENSIVE AND I GO IN WITH GAME PLANNING FOR IT. IT’S NOT THE SAME THING AS GOING ON FOX NEWS WHICH, OBVIOUSLY, LEANS TO THE RIGHT.>>TELL ME ABOUT HOW YOU PLAN FOR IT? I’M CURIOUS. WE’RE ON THE MOST META SHOW ON CNN. HOW DO YOU PLAN FOR IT?>>WELL, WHAT I DO IS I ASSUME THAT I’M GOING TO GET A CERTAIN SET OF QUESTIONS FROM FOLKS LIKE YOU, BRIAN, I GENERALLY DO GET, AND WITH ALL THE VEILED IMPLICATIONS THERE IN. DON’T YOU FEEL PERSECUTED GOING ON A LEFTIST NETWORK BEING THAT I SEE MYSELF AS A VICTIM. DON’T YOU FEEL WHEN YOU COME ON A LEFTIST NETWORK BEING ATTACKED BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU’RE JUST A LITTLE INTOLERANT. THESE ARE THE WAY THESE CONVERSATIONS GO. I’M GLAD BRIAN THAT YOU HAVEN’T DONE ALL OF THOSE THINGS. YOU’VE DONE SOME OF THEM. OF COURSE WHEN I GO IN I WOULD BE FOOLISH NOT TO THINK ABOUT THE QUESTIONS I’M GOING TO BE ASKED BEFORE DOING SO.>>AND, OF COURSE, I HAVE TO SAY CNN DOES STRIVE TO BE NONPARTISAN. I UNDERSTAND YOU FEEL IT DOESN’T SUCCEED AT THAT ALL THE TIME. AT LEAST IT TRIES. BEN AND

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60 thoughts on “Evidence: media coverage favors gay rights”

  • Evidence: CNN excusing poor quality of news with being pro-gay (the easiest minority-rights movement in the history of the Earth). Pretends to have impact despite being completely biased, as ratings sliiiide.

  • topher2seattle says:

    Being gay is not a political issue…it is a human issue!  Homosexuals have a sexual orientation just like heterosexuals have a sexual orientation.  Nobody chooses their sexual orientation any more than they choose their race, black or white!

  • CNN 'tries' to stay neutral, but has how many gays and liberals as network anchors?  Just because Wolf is an Israeli war hawk, does not make a balance. 

  • The media does social 'experiments' like the ABC show, "What Would You Do".  They will create situations and then shame people who do not stand up for the 'victims' in each case. 

  • As far as the media is concerned; the worse news the better for them. One solution is to carefully limit the amount one absorbs=limit exposure. From a Christian perspective it shamelessly pushes ungodly fear and so many lose their minds watching, thinking the world is coming to an end every day as that is how they constantly portray it. There is GOOD NEWS in Gods word and specifically on fear:

    Matthew 10:28
    28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

    As for me and my house we will fear God and God alone.

    Fully accepting Gods truth is completely liberating not only from ungodly fear but from all that is not of Him. Praise God!!! 

    Blessings People! 

  • Middle one looks gay. Gay people are everywhere now. Something about modern liberalism and peoples insecurities manifesting itself.

  • No one choose their orientation. And no one can easily change their orientation, even though some gay people marry girls they don't like. They just pretend to love a girl for avoiding prejudice. Orientation may change on someone occassionly without attention. But the possibility is very low. For most people, their orientation wouldn't change all their lifetime. If you intentionaly try to change your orientation, you may never change it all your life.

  • But the Israeli Government, which both Ben and I support, DOES mandate that you abandon your religious precepts to benefit the greater good, and he can't sing Israel's praises any louder.  IDF soldiers are, at times, commanded to conduct missions and exercises on Shabbat and Chagim.  Please explain how this is different to "abandoning religious precepts to benefit the greater good" Ben…

  • Parkway South says:

    I love when Liberals end up with their "hail mary" strategy of simplying saying "well, at least we're trying"
    I know how Ben is and I'd be the same way.
    Trying isn't good enough. "Trying" to be non-partisan should be like "trying" to be a professional actor. You either are or you get kicked off the set.
    Unfortunately the left doesn't take it's Hollywood work ethic into politics.

  • The deceitful media changes our opposition to homosexual and Lesbian SEXUAL ACTS to hate for a person, thats the only way they can push their sick agendas

  • Through out history the media has portrayed gay people as feminine boys and lesbian as masculine girls. They have always discriminated this people. Now finally people are understanding that gay people are normal people like us and this is not a choice. Now suddenly it is the media fault because people are doing the right thing because they are human too. I am disgusted by this American, I live in middle east country even I thought people where educated in this kind of country but I was wrong .

  • a futurist committe decides to study 2 island populations in order to plan a hope and a future for mankind. the committee doesnt care for emotions or feelings or entitlement or flags or parades. the committee is only interested in logic and rationale. island 1 is filled with kind, loving, accepting, 'equal rights for all', flag-waving homosexuals. island 2 is filled with bigoted, narcissitic, chauvenistic, selfish, deviant, power-hungry, skewed thinking hetero-sexuals. the committee studies all possible outcomes and decides island 1 offers ZERO value in terms of a future or hope for mankind. the committe realises that homosexuality when followed through to its logical conclusion offers only death and extinction and no future. the committee also quickly realises that after studying the behaviour of both islands for a short time, that all the good qualities claimed by the inhabitants of island 1 are simply a veneer, a facade, and that island 1 is in actual fact filled with just as much bigotry, narcisism, deviancy, hatred, chauvenism, selfishness and power-mad skewed-thinking as is present on island 2 but chooses anyway to build its future on island 2. and the committee chooses island 2 for two simple reasons. firstly, sperm mixed with faeces has never and will never produce life, and secondly, a dildo inserted into a vagina produces the same nil results. the future of mankind depends on reproduction. the committee also wonderfully agrees that the saving Gospel of Jesus can be preached on both islands because the committe has realised this Gospel brings healing to deep hurts and brings changes to destructive human behaviours. the committe monitors both islands closely and amazingly soon observes people on both islands are responding to the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus and are casting off their old, unfulfilling lives! and even more amazingly, people from island 1 can be seen swimming to island 2 where there is every hope for a future. ama

  • i also find the news media heavily favors pro black sentiments. When is the last time you saw a news piece denigrating black people? this is very strange. Almost like things are progressing

  • ProwseOfficial says:

    The question is why? Why are they pushing this with celebrities like Ed Sheeran promoting gay shit. 🧐 makes you wonder

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