The Human Rights Campaign today released the following statement:
HRC Joins Media Matters' Call for MSNBC to Sanction Pat Buchanan
Longtime paid political analyst defends his homophobic stance
WASHINGTON- The Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest civil rights organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality - joins Media Matters' call on MSNBC and its parent company, NBCUniversal, to sanction contributor Pat Buchanan, who has a long history of making public anti-gay statements. Most recently, Buchanan told NPR's The Diane Rehm Show that homosexuality is "unnatural."
"I believe that homosexuality is -- that it is unnatural activity. Unnatural and immoral," Buchanan told host Diane Rehm on October 25. "I would say that kind of conduct should be discouraged in a good society, in a healthy society."
Every credible major medical and mental health organization in the United States has stated that homosexuality is normal, and attempts to alter or oppress a person's sexual orientation can be dangerous and damaging.
"While Pat Buchanan is free to hold and express his views, the fact that MSNBC has given him a public platform to spew this sort of dangerous rhetoric is unacceptable, "said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "MSNBC should sanction Mr. Buchanan, as his extremist ideas are incredibly harmful to millions of LGBT people around the world."
During his tenure as a political commentator for MSNBC, Buchanan has made a number of bigoted, racist, and anti-Semitic comments for which he has been reprimanded.
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From the October 25 edition of NPR's The Diane Rehm Show:
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In his new book Suicide of a Superpower, MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan attacks the idea of gays serving in the military as an "indoctrination of recruits, soldiers, and officers into an acceptance of the gay life style" and calls same-sex marriage an "absurd notion of equality." Buchanan has a long history of anti-LGBT bigotry. He has called gays "sodomites" and said they are "literally hell-bent on Satanism and suicide"; called homosexuality a "disorder" that can be handled with therapy; and said that in "a healthy society, it will be contained, segregated, controlled, and stigmatized."
From the October 18 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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From the October 7 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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Tea party darling and CNN contributor Dana Loesch has decided to engage in some audacious revisionism in order to defend conservatives from criticism over the booing of a gay soldier at a Republican presidential debate.
Loesch's re-imagining concerned the Fox News-Google debate during which a question given by Stephen Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq, elicited audible booing from the audience. Media figures and even some Republican presidential candidates have condemned the booing.
At a fundraiser yesterday, President Obama also condemned the booing while criticizing aspects of the modern-day Republican Party:
Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what's happened to that party, are puzzled by what's happening to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change, it's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay.
Loesch responded on Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism, claiming that President Obama had deliberately lied about the booing.
As evidence that Obama was lying, Loesch linked to a previous blog post she had written, claiming that she had "thoroughly debunked" the booing story.
But her previous blog actually confirms the fact that the soldier was booed at the debate.
In a September 23 Washington Times column, Robert Knight compared President Obama to Rodney King, complained Obama does not speak "on behalf of the United States" and claimed Obama turned the military into the "largest homosexual-sensitivity training unit in history." From The Washington Times:
But the real message seemed to be Mr. Obama's taking the dais as king of the world. He touched on every theme imaginable to make "our children" happy, wealthy and wise. He talked about curing various diseases; stopping war and climate change; advancing science, prosperity and, yes, even homosexual rights, throwing in a line suited to a fundraiser in San Francisco.
Of course, with his converting the U.S. military into the largest homosexual-sensitivity training unit in history this week, why should we be surprised?
From the September 25 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:
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Fox News contributor Dr. Keith Ablow has come under intense criticism in recent weeks for his public opposition to Chaz Bono's participation on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. In a column posted on FoxNews.com earlier this month, Ablow warned parents that letting their children watch Bono on television could "kindle" their desire to become transgender and "amputate" their body parts:
It is a toxic and unnecessary byproduct of the tragic celebration of transgender surgery that millions of young people who do watch "Dancing with the Stars" will have to ponder this question: Maybe my problems really stem from the fact that I'm a girl inside a boy's body (or a boy inside a girls body). Maybe I'm not a tomboy; I'm just a boy! Maybe I'm not just being bullied because I'm a sensitive, reflective young man interested in flowers, not football. Maybe I'm not just uncertain about my sexuality. Maybe I'm a girl! Maybe all this angst and suffering I'm feeling as I emerge into puberty and pass through it isn't just because I'm changing, but because I should change completely--and have my breasts removed or my penis amputated!
It would be wrong to think that gender dysphoria cannot be kindled by celebrating those who have undergone sexual reassignment surgery. Human beings do model one another--in terms of emotion, thought and behavior. By broadcasting, applauding and mainstreaming the journey of a very disordered person who endured, and likely will continue to endure, real suffering based on extraordinarily deep psychological problems, we suggest that that journey is a smart--even heroic--one to take. [emphasis added]
Ablow has spent the last several weeks making the rounds on Fox News to defend his column. According to Ablow, allowing Bono to participate on Dancing with the Stars is akin to celebrating anorexia or heroin addiction. According to him, celebrating someone like Chaz Bono on television is "reality bending" because, as Ablow so eloquently put it, "Chaz Bono is not a man!"
Ablow's fierce opposition to "broadcasting, applauding, and mainstreaming" transgender people on television might come as a surprise to you if you're one of the few people on earth who watched the short-lived Dr. Keith Ablow Show. Beginning in 2006, the show ran for only one season and was cancelled due to poor ratings.
Before being yanked off the air, however, The Dr. Keith Ablow Show dedicated an entire episode to transgender people "living with a sex change operation." The Dr. Ablow of 2007 seems to have had a very different take on the danger of 'celebrating' transgender people.
In one segment, Ablow noted that a guest's "denial" of her gender identity "didn't work" and made sure to address her with correctly gendered pronouns. Ablow even stated that it "makes sense in every way" for his guest to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
From the September 19 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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From Dr. Keith Ablow's unscientific attacks on Chaz Bono to Dr. Manny Alvarez's baseless suggestion that Tylenol will soon be moved behind the counter because of the Affordable Care Act, Fox News' "Medical A-Team" experts routinely advance misinformation, sometimes using their medical credentials to give credence to their arguments.
At 12:01 a.m., the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy will expire under the bill President Obama signed in December, allowing gay and lesbian servicemembers to serve openly in the armed forces.
As required under that legislation, President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen all certified in July that the repeal would not adversely effect military readiness or unit cohesion.
During the extensive debate over whether DADT would be repealed, Media Matters identified and debunked several falsehoods about the policy:
Credible media outlets should see to that as the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy expires, so do these myths.
In a September 16 Washington Times op-ed titled, "Congress resists rush for an LGBT military; Obama Pentagon tries to impose homosexual service unilaterally," Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness wrote:
Enter pseudonymed J.D. Smith, director of an "underground" military activist group called Outserve. Mr. Smith told The Washington Times that he wants targeted recruitment of homosexuals, just like other minorities, and representation at homosexual pride parades. Outserve is publishing a special-interest magazine for distribution on military bases, and the group is planning an October "summit" in Las Vegas to discuss what LGBT personnel want from the military.
Separatism in the military invites trouble. Some European forces have labor unions that negotiate benefits, but our military does not permit active-duty unions or factions that would disrupt unity of purpose in the ranks.
President Obama made a political promise to LGBT activists, and Defense Department appointees have created a shaky house of cards that is about to collapse. Congress has the right to review regulations defining the president's "San Francisco military." Tactics used to pass and enforce theLGBT law should be made public, and the next president and Congress should resolve to take our military back.
Fox News "Medical A-Team" expert Dr. Keith Ablow has repeatedly used his Fox platform to launch unscientific and prejudicial attacks on Chaz Bono and his appearance on Dancing With the Stars. The president of the American Psychiatric Association and one of its specialists in gender identity have rebutted Ablow's attacks, calling them "opinions, scare tactics, and inflammatory language."