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01/17/2014

Video: Michael Brown (again) claims #GLAADCAP is 'censoring'; is (again) bearing false witness

by Jeremy Hooper

GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project, which I was involved in conceiving from its very first second of life (in GLAAD's conference room back in the summer of 2011, for the record), consists of nothing more than certain anti-LGBT people's own words. There is no editorializing or commentary—it's simply a sourced roundup of some of the top anti-LGBT activists' own rhetoric.

When it comes to public engagement, the project does not ask networks to stop booking the people on GLAAD CAP: we simply ask that if and when the networks see a need to book these individuals, they hold them accountable for their own words. From there, the public can accurately judge these folks on the basis of their own advocacy rather than on the basis of the "I'm just a buttoned up, pragmatic conservative" front that they often put up when appearing on mainstream TV. That is what the project seeks: a more fair discussion.

Let me stress again that no one knows this project and its team better than I do. And let me flatly state that I, the person perhaps most intimately aware of this project, am someone who is 100% willing to go on the air against anyone on GLAAD CAP's list. And in fact, when I recently went on Fox News and was, much to my delight, scheduled to appear opposite Tony Perkins, I was told by two different people involved in the booking of the segment that Tony refused—flatly REFUSED!—to appear on camera opposite me. He insisted, I was told, that we do our segments back-to-back, which I can only assume is so I couldn't speak directly to him (i.e. couldn't directly challenge him).

Yet despite these truths, the anti-LGBT figures will not stop representing GLAAD CAP, its mission, and the varied realities surrounding the project and its messaging. This time it's Michael Brown who insists on wholly and duplicitously misrepresenting the nature of free speech and the threat that holding a public figure accountable for his or her OWN WORDS supposes poses to it. Rock star David Pakman calls him on his B.S.:

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