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08/10/2012

Thanks for taking my call, Bryan; long time listener, first time stalker

by Jeremy Hooper

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer hosts a daily radio show.

I run a daily operation that monitors anti-LGBT media.

In my role, I'm tasked with tracking those who routinely knock the LGBT community. Bryan is one such person.

In real world, this is called debate. Discussion. Discourse. Political back-and-forth.

In Bryan's AFA world? I'm a "stalker":

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This is like a mutant strain on that popular principle of socially conservative pundits disliking nothing more than their own words. In this case, it's not just the fact that I'm highlighting Bryan's words and work with which he takes issue. Here, he's saying that my very act of listening to his radio show is somehow inappropriate (a claim he's also lobbed at my pals at Right Wing Watch).

It's a weird thing for any public broadcaster to say, since attracting an audience is typically said broadcaster's goal. But it's even odder for Bryan, an evangelical, who is supposedly tasked with "saving" souls. Shouldn't Bryan want "sinners" like me listening? Shouldn't I be his *target* audience? Otherwise, isn;t this pastor and radio host proving he's far more interested in stirring the pot than he is in reaching those he claims to love like Christ?

But whatever. Let Bryan go ad hominem with me if that's what's on his "values" docket. Let the record show that in my many years of covering his uber-incendiary work, I've never once called him a name. I don't do that with anyone. It's always about the work with me; I care about the message a thousand times more than I care about the messenger. And in Bryan's case? Getting out his beyond-the-pale (yet well-connected) messaging is a particularly pertinent task.

Bryan might call my tactics "stalking." Fine. I'll continue to see them as winning.

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