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In its January 22, 2012 article, “G.O.P. Ventures Into Florida, a State Harder to Pigeonhole,” the New York Times used two propagandistic euphemisms to describe political gay bashers, yet never once directly mentioned gay rights as issues of consequence in the Republican primaries.

One of the offending euphemisms is the phrase “family values issues.”  Despite wan attempts by Democrats to stake a claim on that phrase so that anti-gay bigots do not exclusively define it, it remains mainly and overwhelmingly a political gay basher’s bludgeon.

An Internet search of the terms “family values” and “Florida” very quickly reveals that reactionary anti-gay-rights forces have political control over the phrase “family values.”  Florida law makers proposed tax credits to movie production companies which film on a so-called “family values” basis — and the proposed law specifically excluded movies with gay characters favorably depicted from the tax credit. In reporting on that matter, The New York Times used the phrase “family values films” in its story headline. Unambiguously there, the Times was conveying the notion that excluding gay people from films puts the films in the “family values” category.

Even if only through editorial carelessness, the Times endorsed the notion that gay people do not belong in “family values” films. The Faith and Family Values Republican Club of Pasco County website includes links to many anti-gay hate groups. The Florida Family Policy Council — which bills itself as a “family values” organization and lobbying group — pulls out all the stops in its political gay bashing. One could go on and on showing evidence that among Republicans in Florida, “family values” and “anti-gay-rights” are synonymous. The state issues a Family Values license plate.  Proceeds from sales of the license plate go to Sheridan House, a purported charity. Sheridan House does not on its website say anything directly against gay human beings, but, it holds religious rallies at the New Testament Baptist Church, whose site links to some of the most virulent political gay bashers in the country. Furthermore, the Sheridan House site appears not to link to any gay-affirmative organizations.

The second offending euphemism in the Times article is “rock-ribbed social conservatives.” “Rock-ribbed” is a flattering, not neutral phrase. Significantly, the Times posited “rock-ribbed social conservatives” in Florida’s north as having different political concerns than Republican Cuban-Americans in the state’s south, yet the Cuban-American United States Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, is maliciously and very aggressively anti-gay. The Associated Press has reported that Gingrich’s evangelical supporters in Florida are planning a conference call — a veritable anti-gay-rights pep rally — with 1,000 pastors.  Two days before the Times article appeared, Santorum’s honorary campaign chairman in Florida, Reverend O’Neal Dozier said that gays “make God want to vomit.”  The Florida Prayer Network — whose leaders say that gay rights cause natural disasters — is not shy about announcing on its Facebook page that it is allied against gay Floridians with many of the state’s elected officials and that together, they pray against gay human beings’ rights every Tuesday inside the Florida State Capitol.

The editorial board of The New York Times consistently expresses support for gay rights, yet allows hacks like Ross Douthat to allege that ending sexual orientation apartheid is tantamount to abandoning Western civilization. Whereas all leading Republican presidential candidates have signed the malignantly anti-gay “pledge” from the so-called National Organization for Marriage — and whereas NOM has been a sponsor of several of the Republican debates — The New York Times has not yet apparently reported on that “pledge” or published an exposé of NOM and its hate-mongering activities. And that is so, even though right in the Bronx in May, during a NOM-sponsored anti-gay hate rally, a preacher hollered through a megaphone at a mob of anti-gay bigots that God says homosexuals are “worthy to death.” We should not forget that in Florida, NOM produced a fund-raising video with Jerry Buell, who in his public high school class had said that gay people should be allowed to serve in the military, at the front lines with heterosexual troops deserting them from behind.

On a most urgent basis, The New York Times editorial board should resolve never again to use the phrase “family values” as a euphemism for political gay bashing. And they should take the hint — already — to carry out and to publish an in-depth investigative report about the so-called National Organization for Marriage and its pernicious influence on the presidential election.

New York City– based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT– interest by– line has appeared on Advocate .com, PoliticusUSA .com, The New York Blade, Queerty .com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.

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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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