Today GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, started a petition to try and persuade CNN producers and bookers to not bring on guests from, what they call, “the anti-gay industry.”
For years, CNN has insisted on including the voices of the anti-gay industry whenever a topic that involves the LGBT community has come up. It’s time to speak up and tell CNN that this is unacceptable.
GLAAD is using a recent “John King, USA” segment as an example. On December 21,
King featured a segment on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with openly gay former service member Alex Nicholson and Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council. GLAAD says Sprigg, “has worked to advance some of the most hurtful, dangerous, and demonstrably false notions about the lives of LGBT people that our country has seen in recent years.”
“CNN needs to stop elevating anti-gay opinions to the level of the actual experts who they SHOULD be talking to; people like scholars, historians, professionals, or folks with actual experience (not just animosity),” says a statement from GLAAD.
In a statement CNN says, “CNN appreciates GLAAD’s concern for objective and fair reporting. CNN will continue to strive for the best bookings of experts who have opinions that reflect different points of view across the country.”