Tim Graham is the portly Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, which sounds very Marshall McLuhan but in actuality is a conservative watchdog group. So already you know what station he likes to make guest appearances on (hint: rhymes with "box"). This man is obsessed with MSNBC's recent woes, and bringing down Keith Olbermann.
Tim Graham, like any other red-blooded American male, is also fascinated by lesbians, most notably MSNBC's Rachel Maddow:
The good stuff comes about one minute into the Fox and Friends clip from yesterday. Speaking on MSNBC's recent shake-up, Graham says, "Not only is the damage already done, the damage continues. Not only are they keeping these people (Matthews and Olbermann) on during the night, they are adding this lesbian Air America Radio host."
While Maddow's sexuality captures the American public like Anderson Cooper's did before everyone realized he would stay in that closet forever, the ire behind Graham's words cannot go undetected. But they do at Fox, and apparently, at Newsbusters, where Graham recently wrote a piece that's been making the blog rounds where he reiterates his lesbian=liberal=bad position. "The Globe sinks to an even more ridiculous level when they allow MSNBC to say this radical-left lesbian hostess isn???t so much laying out an opinion as the facts."
Ok, we get it. Rachel Maddow is gay. But so is Portia De Rossi, and she was on Fox. Granted, it was for Arrested Development and Ally McBeal, but still. Graham thinks he is acting like the little boy telling the emperor wears no clothes; will he be the only one brave enough to stand up and relate Maddow's sexuality with MSNBC's liberal agenda?
Everyone knows Maddow likes other ladies. But assuming that "gay" equals "liberal" — even when it totally does — and using the word "lesbian" as a derogatory adjective to prove someone's political bias…well, we see what you're getting at here Graham, but seriously. Kill yourself.
David Rakoff has already pointed this out much more eloquently than I can (while making an appearance on The Daily Show), but conservatives are so good at naming their watch-dog groups things that would lead you to suspect they're anything but.
It is not true, however common, that gay = liberal, as you suggest. It is a strength we have that gay=diversity and you do us no favor to portray us as all the same. There are conservative lesbians
OMG WATCHING RACHEL MADDOW WILL GIVE U TEH GHEY!!!
Thank God we have such paragons of virtue as Rush Limbaugh (married 3 times) and Bill O'Reilly (married & made skanky phone calls to his producer) to protect us.
@ #3 Charity,
They are always quick to use Gays as scapegoats for their deviance. Rush & O'Reilly aren't the sleeziest of Republicans with sexual deviance.. Here are 5 more hypocrites:
(September 28, 2006)
The Crime: Sending sexually laced, gramatically challenged instant messages and e-mails to teenaged boys in the Congressional page program for more than 10 years.
The Hypocrisy: Chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. One of the foremost opponents of child pornography in the Senate.
The Quote: ???get a ruler and measure it for me???
Leader of the National Association of Evangelicals
The Crime: Paying male prostitutes for sex and snorting crystal meth.
The Hypocrisy: A powerful force in the evangelical movement, Haggard participated in weekly meetings with President George Bush and top advisors where he gave spiritual advice. He taught that homosexuality was an abomination and actively lobbied against gay rights.
The Quote: ???I did not have a homosexual relationship with a man in Denver.???
Senate Liason for Mitt Romney???s Presidential Campaign
(June 11, 2007)
The Crime: Soliciting sex from an undercover cop in an airport bathroom
The Hypocrisy: Craig twice voted against adding the words ???sexual orientation??? to the federal hate crimes law. Craig also voted to give states the right to refuse to recognize gay marriage???a right they already had, but the Senator wanted to really, really prove he didn???t like gay people.
The Quote: ???I am not gay, I don???t do these kinds of things.???
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
Florida Chairman of John McCain???s Presidential Campaign
(July 11, 2007)
The Crime: Offering an undercover cop $20 to allow Allen to blow him in a men???s room in a public park. After being arrested, Allen tried to explain that he only offered to blow the cop because the cop was a ???burly black man??? and he ???didn???t want to become a statistic.???
The Hypocrisy: Allen was one of 21 Florida legislators to sign Gov. Jeb Bush???s friend-of-the-court brief supporting the state???s ban on gays adopting children, and he co-sponsored an unsuccessful bill that would have enhanced penalties for ???offenses involving unnatural and lascivious acts??? such as indecent exposure.
The Quote: ???I certainly wasn???t there to have sex with anybody and certainly wasn???t there to exchange money for it.???
Glenn Murphy Jr.
National Chairman of the Young Republicans
Chairman of the Clark County Republican Party
(July 28, 2007)
The Crime: Murphy got a fellow Young Republican drunk and then spent the night at his house. The other young man woke up in the middle of the night to find Murphy giving him mouth-to-penis resuscitation. After this incident, a 1998 sexual battery report came to light in which Murphy was alleged to have done the exact same thing.
The Hypocrisy: Murphy was a well-paid political consultant for Republican candidates and often advised them to use gay marriage as a wedge issue to paint their opponents as out of touch with traditional values.
The Quote: ???I was in the Sound of Music in High School???don???t ask??? (from his now-defunct Myspace page.)
To be completely fair, I think everyone at fox should kill themselves also.
This guy states right in the piece that the RNC was "exploiting" 9/11, and defends it because he says Keith O does? Wow. I had no idea that anyone could be that honest about this sort of stuff.
So he's admitting the RNC is exploiting 9/11? Wow. The party of Lincoln has reached new lows.
Not only do they show folks throwing themselves out of windows at the WTC, they say they have the right because a cable TV network has folks on that indicate their OPINION that GWB might have been in some way responsible for it?
A TV show is now the only reason they need to EXPLOIT the largest loss of life we've had here in the states?
Great job guys. Love the way these folks complain about a lack of bias, as they spout bias.