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GLAAD Accused Of Creating “Ministry of Propaganda” To Silence Anti-Gay Right

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GLAAD is being accused of censoring the anti-gay radical religious right, and creating a “ministry of propaganda to silence opponents of [the] homosexual agenda” by a consortium of the very people whose voices GLAAD is attempting to amplify. Last week, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported, GLAAD launched its brand-new Commentator Accountability Project (CAP), designed to house and catalog all the anti-gay comments coming from the top three dozen anti-gay professional pundits. But since CAP’s launch, the anti-gay religious right has twisted and turned the intention of the project, attacking it and GLAAD with lies and mis-information.

READ: Gay-Basher Chuck Colson: “I Can’t Think of A Single Time” I’ve Gay Bashed

Today, Catholic Online’s Deacon Keith Fournier wrote a ludicrous and ridiculous attack, titled, “GLAAD Sets Up Ministry of Propaganda to Silence Opponents of Homosexual Agenda.” Fournier writes:

In a sign of their growing intolerance of people who hold positions other than those of the Homosexual Cultural Revolution, the Media Watchdog Organization which calls itself “GLAAD” (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has issued a blacklist of commentators.

This effort is called the “Commentator Accountability Project“. The blacklist includes some people I know and admire. It also includes some of my favorite commentators, in both the Catholic and evangelical protestant communities. For example, both Robert George and Chuck Colson have been blacklisted.

The effort recruits likeminded parties to “spy”. They are asked to send reports in to GLAAD if these commentators are featured in local media. GLAAD will then pressure the media sources to not feature their writing. In effect, the organization has established a ministry of propaganda. Its purpose seems to be to ensure that only the positions of the Homosexual Equivalency movement are allowed to be read, heard or considered.

Aside from the either communistic or Harry Potter-esque overtones of the title, the content is an embarrassment of misinformation — at best. As the image, right, a screenshot from Fournier’s piece, shows, the right is accusing GLAAD of censorship, another misunderstanding of the First Amendment.

“Homosexual Cultural Revolution”? Really? What does that even mean? The only other use of that strange and incorrect term appears to be from TFP. Who is TFP? ”Tradition, Family, Property” is an anti-gay neo-fascist para-military cult accused of assassination plots against President Reagan and the Pope. TFP has been described by the UN as “an ultramontane Catholic group, strongest in Brazil and Argentina, which among other things maintains that all Popes since John XXIII have come under Marxist influence.”

That said, let’s be clear. GLAAD’s CAP is no “blacklist of commentators.” The mere accusation is embarrassingly false on its face.

Fournier writes two of his “favorite commentators,” “Robert George and Chuck Colson have been blacklisted.”

Who are these people?

Well, as The New Civil Rights Movement wrote yesterday, “Colson, best-known as a Watergate felon turned prison minister, is also one of the triumvirate  – along with NOM, National Organization For Marriage founder Robert George – who drafted the virulently anti-gay ‘Manhattan Declaration.’ And last year he also wrote, ”gay marriage’ will inevitably undermine all marriages‘.”

Colson vehemently denies he is a gay-basher. We respectfully disagree, and offer mounds of proof.

And as for Robert George, well, he founded NOM. And sadly, that’s only the tip of the anti-gay iceberg.

Aside from his strange need to Capitalize Words That Don’t Require Capitalization, Fournier misunderstands and mis-characterizes GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project entirely.

How?

The New Civil Rights Movement reached out to GLAAD this morning, and received this response from Herndon Graddick, GLAAD’s Vice President of Communications and Programs:

“These anti-gay activists are scared that people are going to see their actual records. It’s completely Orwellian that they are yelling about being silenced when what we are actually doing is making sure people see and hear what they’ve actually said. We want the media to know just exactly who they are dealing with when they put these people on their air. Scott Lively, who is profiled by our project, calls for the criminalization of the public advocacy of gay rights. That’s not just advocating for people to be put in jail for being gay…he’s calling for straight people who are vocally supportive of gay people to be put in jail too. The anti-gay industry doesn’t want Americans to know the depth of their extremism.”

And that’s exactly the point.

Because when the average American sees these people, like Tony Perkins, who has appeared on, of all places, MSNBC more than any other cable news network, he seems balanced and fair and reasonable. But few people get to see or hear what he and his SPLC-certified anti-gay hate group actually says to its base, when they think average Americans are not listening.

GLAAD’s CAP will help everyone see and hear what the professional anti-gay industry really thinks and says.

If they have no problem calling for, say, the imprisonment or death of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, when talking amongst themselves, on their radio stations, talk shows, press releases, and conventions, why are they so deathly afraid of the rest of America hearing their words?

 Image, top: World War II propaganda poster.

 

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Right-Wing Outraged Over Falsely Thinking White House Press Secretary Said National Security Council Is Using ‘TikTok’

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For decades White House press secretaries, military officers, and reporters have used the words “tick-tock” to denote an overview of a conversation, or a chronological telling of a series of events – and not the now-popular Chinese app “TikTok,” which some allege has major national security implications.

And yet, the far-right-wing website Daily Caller, a veteran Fox News host, and many others on the social media site Twitter attacked Karine Jean-Pierre Monday afternoon, after the White House Press Secretary told the press: “I know there was a tick-tock that went out to all of you from the National Security Council that was pretty detailed on how everything broke down for the past week.”

Inside Elections’ Jacob Rubashkin mocked The Daily Caller, (which was founded by Tucker Carlson,) for getting something so basic so wrong.

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Longtime journalist Keith Olberman blasted several people on Twitter who assumed the worst, including veteran Fox News reporter David Asman.

He didn’t stop there.

 

 

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House Ethics Committee Begins Questioning Santos Staffers

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The U.S. House Committee on Ethics has begun questioning staffers for embattled Rep. George Santos, who on Friday was accused of sexual harassment and improper hiring practice by a prospective aide the New York Republican interviewed and hired.

CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona, reporting the committee’s questioning, calls it “a sign that the committee is looking into some of the allegations against Santos, though it doesn’t necessarily mean a formal investigation has been launched yet.”

“It is unclear what exactly the committee asked these staffers about, but multiple ethics complaints have been filed against Santos,” Zanona adds.

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Most recently, a prospective staffer filed a complaint that the congressman made an unwanted sexual advance.

Two New York Democrats last month also filed an ethics complaint against Santos over his financial disclosure reporting.

 

 

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Jordan’s First Hearing on ‘So-Called’ Weaponization of Government Mocked Over Conspiracy Theorist Witnesses

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Its first hearing isn’t until Thursday but already Chairman Jim Jordan‘s Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government is being mocked after the list of witnesses was released.

NBC News’ Garrett Haake reports testifying before the committee on Thursday will be ex-Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and former FBI special agent Nicole Parker.

Gabbard left the Democratic Party and is now an independent and a Fox News contributor. In 2019, Hillary Clinton suggested she was a Russian asset being groomed for a third-party presidential run. She sued the former Democratic presidential nominee and former U.S. Secretary of State but later dropped the defamation lawsuit.

Also, Gabbard “shared false information,” Forbes reported last year, “about U.S. involvement in Ukraine biological laboratories … giving credence to an unfounded Russian-backed conspiracy theory the U.S. has warned could serve as justification for Russia to use biological and chemical weapons against Ukraine.”

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Sen. Johnson, who narrowly won re-election after being among the top promoters of Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” is a conspiracy theorist who uses his Senate seat to spread false information about COVID and a host of other crises.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza branded Johnson the “Senate’s leading conspiracy theorist” just one year ago. The Washington Post reported last May that Sen. Johnson “expressed openness” to “a fervent anti-vaccination” commentator’s “idea that maybe the coronavirus vaccines are a conduit for deliberately giving people AIDS.”

Sen. Grassley has come under fire for his racist remarks about COVID-19, dangerously false claims about the IRS, and apparent falsehoods about the January 6 insurrection and its participants.

Last year The American Independent reported Grassley told a constituent “what you said is accurate.” According to The Independent, the constituent said during a town hall: “Knowing that the FBI and Capitol Police were complicit in Jan. 6, what have you done to get the political prisoners being held in gulag conditions out on bail?”

Some were quick to mock Chairman Jordan’s choice of witnesses to testify before his subcommittee’s first hearing.

“Johnson actively pushed the WI legislature & the VP to overturn the election. Tulsi used her perch in Congress to secretly meet with Assad & whitewash his war crimes. so in a sense, they are indeed experts on weaponizing gov’t.,” mocked former Hillary Clinton foreign policy spokesperson Jesse Lehrich.

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Jim Manley, a top aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, described the panel as “low energy.”

NBC News Justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly pre-deflated Parker’s possible contributions, citing her as saying: “’I was never asked to participate in anything that was political,’ Nicole Parker said in one of her Fox News hits (Hannity, specifically).”

Even CNN did not hide its skepticism, beginning its reporting with this line: “The GOP-led House select subcommittee on so-called weaponization of the federal government will draw upon a prominent ex-Democrat, two of their Republican Senate colleagues, and a former FBI agent in their first public hearing to discuss how they believe the government has been weaponized against conservatives, multiple sources familiar with the plans tell CNN.”

 

 

 

 

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