GayRights http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/342/all en No Rest in Peace for Gay Rights: Times Mars Memory of Cracker Barrel Founder http://www.mrc.org/articles/no-rest-peace-gay-rights-times-mars-memory-cracker-barrel-founder <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pushing gay rights in the obituaries: &quot;Danny Evins, who created Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a restaurant heavy on grits and nostalgia, expanded it into a $2 billion chain and then fought a losing battle to discriminate against gay employees, died on Saturday in Lebanon, Tenn.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The New York Times, pushing gay-rights activism even in death. Reporter Douglas Martin's obituary on Tuesday for Danny Evins, founder of the Cracker Barrel chain of restaurants that dot highways throughout the South, heavily emphasized his 20-year-old position on openly gay employees. The Times devoted the headline and several paragraphs, including the lead, to the old news.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/no-rest-peace-gay-rights-times-mars-memory-cracker-barrel-founder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch CrackerBarrel DannyEvins DouglasMartin GayRights liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:27:00 +0000 38780 at http://www.mrc.org CNN Eulogizes 'Titan' Barney Frank http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cnn-eulogizes-titan-barney-frank <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/matt-hadro">Matt Hadro</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/BiasAlert/uploads/2011-11-28-CNN-Preston-Frank dos.jpg" border="0" width="240" height="133" /></div> <p>Reporting on Monday morning that Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was not seeking re-election, CNN's political team whitewashed his controversial tenure in office with some fond words like "titan," "larger-than-life," and "teacher at heart."<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cnn-eulogizes-titan-barney-frank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2012Elections BankingandFinance BarneyFrank BiasAlert CNN Democrats economy GayRights liberalmediabias Liberals Mon, 28 Nov 2011 20:48:00 +0000 38458 at http://www.mrc.org CNN's Don Lemon Compares Libya 'Atrocities' with LGBT Discrimination http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cnns-don-lemon-compares-libya-atrocities-lgbt-discrimination <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/matt-hadro">Matt Hadro</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/BiasAlert/uploads/2011-08-07-CNN-Lemon-Conservative cinqo.jpg" border="0" width="240" height="179" /></div> <p>In a Thursday NPR interview, CNN's openly-gay anchor Don Lemon lumped discrimination against gays and lesbians in with atrocities committed in Libya.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cnns-don-lemon-compares-libya-atrocities-lgbt-discrimination" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert CNN DonLemon GayRights GLBT HLN Homosexuality JoyBeharShow liberalmediabias Libya Same-SexMarriage Tue, 30 Aug 2011 22:13:00 +0000 38099 at http://www.mrc.org For Anderson Cooper, Gay Rights Trumps the Economy on Monday's Coverage of GOP Candidates http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/anderson-cooper-gay-rights-trumps-economy-mondays-coverage-gop-candidates <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/matt-hadro">Matt Hadro</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>CNN's own <a href="http://www.pollingreport.com/prioriti.htm">poll</a> recently showed that voters 60-to-one believe the economy is the most pressing issue facing the United States, as opposed to policies toward gays and lesbians. CNN's Anderson Cooper apparently thought the views of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann toward gays and lesbians important enough to merit the lead segment on his Monday show.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/anderson-cooper-gay-rights-trumps-economy-mondays-coverage-gop-candidates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division AndersonCooper BiasAlert CNN GayRights Homosexuality liberalmediabias MicheleBachmann Same-SexMarriage Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:33:00 +0000 38044 at http://www.mrc.org Happy Father's Day, Sperm Donor http://www.mrc.org/articles/happy-fathers-day-sperm-donor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sunday&#039;s front-page brought us this joyous sentence, teasing a 4,000-word profile of an alternative family: &quot;In Brooklyn, a single mother, her son, her sperm donor and his lover are helping to redefine the concept of the American family.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The New York Times marked Father's Day last Sunday in its own special way - here's the front-page tease to a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/nyregion/an-american-family-mom-sperm-donor-lover-child.html?sq=N.R.%20Kleinfield&st=cse&scp=1&pagewanted=all">4,000-word story by N.R. Kleinfeld</a>: 'In Brooklyn, a single mother, her son, her sperm donor and his lover are helping to redefine the concept of the American family.' <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/happy-fathers-day-sperm-donor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Culture and Media Institute Family GayRights liberalmediabias N.R.Kleinfeld NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Wed, 22 Jun 2011 16:40:00 +0000 admin 373 at http://www.mrc.org Times Teams Up With Gay Groups to Promote Teens 'Coming Out' http://www.mrc.org/articles/times-teams-gay-groups-promote-teens-coming-out <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So much for objective journalism; in recent weeks the Times has embraced gay advocacy, culminating with the paper&#039;s online multi-media feature &quot;Coming Out,&quot; introduced with a post, &quot;Gay Teenagers, in Their Own Words,&quot; and 30 stories from &quot;L.G.B.T. youth,&quot; compiled with the help of gay activist groups like GLAAD. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> So much for objective journalism; in recent weeks the Times has embraced gay advocacy. The May 16 front page carried a complimentary profile by Dan Barry (normally the "This Land" columnist for the paper) of Rick Welts, president of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, coming out as a gay man, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/sports/basketball/nba-executive-says-he-is-gay.html?sq=dan%20barry&st=cse&scp=2&pagewanted=all" target="_self">Going Public, N.B.A. Figure Sheds Shadow Life</a>."<br /><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/times-teams-gay-groups-promote-teens-coming-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Athletes ComingOut GayRights GLAAD JohnBranch liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias Teenagers TimesWatch Tue, 24 May 2011 13:27:00 +0000 admin 324 at http://www.mrc.org The Times Marks Easter In Its Own Way: Gay Activism http://www.mrc.org/articles/times-marks-easter-its-own-way-gay-activism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Uh, hooray? Austin Considine: &quot;As the tranquil tones of church bells and choirs usher in another Easter Sunday, you may hear stirrings of controversy beneath those sounds - set to the pounding of a Lady Gaga tune. It&#039;s no accident that Lady Gaga decided to release the video for her provocative single, &#039;Judas,&#039; this Easter. From wearing see-through nun habits to suggestively swallowing a rosary, the pop star, who was raised a Catholic, has consistently prodded her faith&#039;s strict sexual conventions.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> The Times' coverage of Easter Sunday was sparse, but the paper did mark the Christian holiday in its own inimitable way, by spotlighting anti-traditional gay rights activism.<br /><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/times-marks-easter-its-own-way-gay-activism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch AustinConsidine CatholicChurch EasterSunday GayRights JohnLeland LadyGaga liberalmediabias LizRobbins NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias Religion TimesWatch Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:04:00 +0000 admin 275 at http://www.mrc.org Severson Promotes Gay Protests Against Chick-fil-A (AKA 'Jesus Chicken') http://www.mrc.org/articles/severson-promotes-gay-protests-against-chick-fil-aka-jesus-chicken <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kim Severson: &quot;Nicknamed &#039;Jesus chicken&#039; by jaded secular fans and embraced by Evangelical Christians, Chick-fil-A is among only a handful of large American companies with conservative religion built into its corporate ethos. But recently its ethos has run smack into the gay rights movement.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> Kim Severson, former Times food writer, is now the paper's Atlanta bureau chief, reported Sunday on a smattering of boycotts by gay activists against the Atlanta-based fast food outlet Chick-fil-A, which has many restaurants in the South. <br /><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/severson-promotes-gay-protests-against-chick-fil-aka-jesus-chicken" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Boycotts Chick-fil-A GayRights KimSeverson liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:41:00 +0000 admin 115 at http://www.mrc.org Talking Ants-on-Crucifix Art, Frank Rich Grieves 'Homophobia Is at Most a Misdemeanor' in D.C. http://www.mrc.org/articles/talking-ants-crucifix-art-frank-rich-grieves-homophobia-most-misdemeanor-dc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Frank Rich loses it again, defending in nasty and personal terms the ants-on-crucifix art on display at the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. &quot;The incident is chilling because it suggests that even in a time of huge progress in gay civil rights, homophobia remains among the last permissible bigotries in America....One might add: Think anti-gay bullying is just for small-town America? Look at the nation&#039;s capital.&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Frank Rich's Sunday column, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/opinion/12rich.html?src=me&amp;ref=general">Gay Bashing at the Smithsonian</a>," on the removal of a video from the "Hide/Seek" show of gay artists sponsored by the federally funded museum, was even more melodramatically offended (and offensive to conservatives) than Arts critic <a href="/timeswatch/articles/2010/20101213023848.aspx">Holland Cotter's Saturday anguish</a>. <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/talking-ants-crucifix-art-frank-rich-grieves-homophobia-most-misdemeanor-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Arts FrankRich GayRights Hide/Seek liberalmediabias NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias Smithsonian TimesWatch Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:00:00 +0000 admin 7981 at http://www.mrc.org Gay Rights Activist/MSNBC Anchor Contessa Brewer: Support for DADT 'Doesn't Make A Lot of Sense' http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/gay-rights-activistmsnbc-anchor-contessa-brewer-support-dadt-doesnt-make-lot-sense <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><object height="194" width="240"><param value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=hd6Upruznz&amp;c1=0x8CA2B9&amp;c2=0x385E87&amp;sm=1" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><embed height="194" width="240" allowfullscreen="true" src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=hd6Upruznz&amp;c1=0x8CA2B9&amp;c2=0x385E87&amp;sm=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></object></div><p>During Wednesday's 12PM ET hour on MSNBC, anchor Contessa Brewer attacked those who want to maintain the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy:</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/gay-rights-activistmsnbc-anchor-contessa-brewer-support-dadt-doesnt-make-lot-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert ContessaBrewer DADT Democrats GayRights liberalmediabias MSNBC Republicans Wed, 01 Dec 2010 22:06:00 +0000 37014 at http://www.mrc.org CMI Special Analysis: Media Help Flailing Liberals Spread Message on Abortion, Gay Rights http://www.mrc.org/articles/cmi-special-analysis-media-help-flailing-liberals-spread-message-abortion-gay-rights <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/erin-brown">Erin Brown</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >It's no secret that the nation is preparing for a GOP tidal wave with significant conservative victories in the Senate and House next Tuesday. The election has essentially focused on domestic economic policy. Conservative candidates have been <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/143996/Republicans-Remain-Control-Race-House.aspx" />gaining ground</a> with a popular job growth/lower taxes/revive the economy mantra. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/cmi-special-analysis-media-help-flailing-liberals-spread-message-abortion-gay-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Culture and Media Institute Life Abortion election GayRights medterms Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:00:00 +0000 admin 28833 at http://www.mrc.org Trifecta of Distortion: Kathy Griffin, Wanda Sykes, Lance Bass Blame Conservatives for Gay Teen Suicides http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/trifecta-distortion-kathy-griffin-wanda-sykes-lance-bass-blame-conservatives-gay-teen-su <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/alex-fitzsimmons">Alex Fitzsimmons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"> <object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=hdSUVrvk4z&amp;c1=0x8CA2B9&amp;c2=0x385E87&amp;sm=1" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=hdSUVrvk4z&amp;c1=0x8CA2B9&amp;c2=0x385E87&amp;sm=1" allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div><p>Are religious leaders, conservative activists, and Jim DeMint responsible for the deaths of gay teenagers?</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/trifecta-distortion-kathy-griffin-wanda-sykes-lance-bass-blame-conservatives-gay-teen-su" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert bullying CNN GayRights KathyGriffin LarryKingLive liberalmediabias WandaSykes Wed, 06 Oct 2010 21:05:00 +0000 36752 at http://www.mrc.org CBS: Activist Judy Shepard Blames 'Vicious Rhetoric' and 'Un-American' Opposition to Gay Marriage for Rutgers Suicide http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cbs-activist-judy-shepard-blames-vicious-rhetoric-and-un-american-opposition-gay-marriag <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><img height="180" width="240" src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2010-10-01-CBS-TES-Shepard.jpg" /></div><p>On Friday's CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez talked to gay rights activist Judy Shepard, mother of murdered gay student Matthew Shepard, about the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, asking: "Do you think that our young people, that we, as a society, have learned anything since Matthew's death?" <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cbs-activist-judy-shepard-blames-vicious-rhetoric-and-un-american-opposition-gay-marriag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert cbs EarlyShow GayRights JudyShepard liberalmediabias MaggieRodriguez TylerClementisuicide Fri, 01 Oct 2010 17:25:00 +0000 36729 at http://www.mrc.org After Lobbying for Gay Rights on MSNBC, Contessa Brewer to Speak at LGBT Event http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/after-lobbying-gay-rights-msnbc-contessa-brewer-speak-lgbt-event <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2010-07-12-MSNBC-Brewer[1].jpg" height="180" width="240" /></div><p>MSNBC's Contessa Brewer, who on Monday argued that overturning Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a "civil rights issue," will appear at a July 24 fundraiser in Kentucky to support gay rights in the state. <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/after-lobbying-gay-rights-msnbc-contessa-brewer-speak-lgbt-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert ContessaBrewer fundraiser GayRights liberalmediabias MSNBC Tue, 13 Jul 2010 14:44:00 +0000 36338 at http://www.mrc.org No Balance Required? MSNBC Features Only Pro-Gay Side of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Debate http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/no-balance-required-msnbc-features-only-pro-gay-side-dont-ask-dont-tell-debate <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2010-07-12-MSNBC-Brewer.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></div><p>MSNBC's Contessa Brewer on Monday appeared baffled as to why more U.S. politicians weren't 'standing up' to demand the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," touting it as "a civil rights issue." <br /><br /> In the span of two hours, the cable network featured a gay member of the military and a conservative to discuss the issue. It was hardly a case of hearing two sides, however. Both guests favored allowing homosexuals to serve openly. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/no-balance-required-msnbc-features-only-pro-gay-side-dont-ask-dont-tell-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert ContessaBrewer GayRights liberalmediabias MSNBC Mon, 12 Jul 2010 20:31:00 +0000 36333 at http://www.mrc.org