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05/11/2010

For one TX NBC affiliate, 'Entertainment Tonight' just became more responsible news show

by Jeremy Hooper

Saying Kagan has both an "agenda" and a "lifestyle"?

Dedicating eight minutes of morning news time to something 100% based in rumor?

Recommending the rabidly anti-gay, proudly to the far, far right WorldNetDaily as a "a great website" and serious news source?

Saying that the United States is in a "great moral crisis," with homosexuality being suggested as a denigration of the same?

Spitting out the word "liberal" like it's a pejorative, and saying in the most staccato of voices that Kagan "kicked. military. recruiters. off. campus." as if there was no reasoning behind the decision?

Doing all of this with zero push back from a Kagan supporter/SCOTUS scholar?


You might expect this sort of thing from the Family Research Council. But East Texans should not have to be subjected to this kind of unapologetically biased reporting speculation/judgement from their own NBC affiliate:


*Source: East Texans talk back about nominee's agenda and her own lifestyle [KETK]

But it's all okay, because this same affiliate airs "Ellen" just an hour later. We gays are fit to be America's clowns, apparently -- just as long as we don't get too ambitious with our learnin'.

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*Oh, and by the way: Not everybody's whispering about Kagan, like this radio host suggests. This site has not at all dug into Kagan's sexual orientation, other than to (a) point out the far-right's disgusting rumor-based attacks against her, and to (b) say that if she or anyone from the administrations *chooses* to address her personal life, we would want she/they to be honest, no matter the reality. In fact, since the White House has already pointedly (and somewhat offensively) denied that Kagan is gay, directly referring to the chatter as "false charges." So that, as far as we are concerned, is the current bio line until anything is said to the contrary.

*ALSO: This KETK/KTBB pairing has raised eyebrows before. In 2009, their skewed presentation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act caught the attention of GLAAD.

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