By now you may have heard about this and it's called the "Commentor Accountability Project" which provides the media with background on listed individuals as to their anti-gay rhetoric and stance all to hopefully persuade the media to not give these folks a platform to make an appearance even if not discussing de gay because their mere appearance is an affront to de gay.
Already some of the LGBT Elite bloggers are having their say and giving praise to this endeavor by GLAAD.
Jeremy Hooper of the blog Good As You writes in part, Today, we strive to heighten awareness of this work and expand the sphere so that we can bring even greater awareness of what these folks have said about us on their way to the cable newsroom, statehouse, or anywhere else they present themselves as mere "values voices."
Blogger Alvin McEwen contributes, When it comes to discussing gay issues, the media sometimes handles anti-gay pundits with kid gloves. It's not because of any bias, really. I think that a lot of it has to do with these pundits having the ability to disguise their anti-gay animus.
Given what Hooper and McEwen write it's obvious the media is too deaf, dumb and stupid as to exactly who the guests are which appear on programs or are asked as pundits for their opine on subjects to be put into print and needs GLAAD's help.
Hooper also wrote in the copy/paste piece at Joe Sudbay's Americablog Gay, GLAAD will not be telling anyone who to book, so there shouldn't be any "censorship" claims (even though there likely will be). The basic message is, "Okay fine, go ahead and book this person -- but when you do, here's what you need to know."
Censorship, oh perish the very thought. Just like when GLAAD howled at CNN to suspend Roland Martin or being furious with MSNBC for having on Tony Perkins several times as I wrote about here regarding trying to censor the media because anti-gay folks appear or are featured on-air or in print.
It should be noted in the link at the top of this posting GLAAD thanks Hooper and others for helping to put the blacklist together and also GLAAD or as I have referred to as the Pink Police proves what I wrote in this posting that we are now in the 1984 age of Big Brother. Here's what GLAAD is eliciting, We encourage individuals to alert the organization when these virulently anti-LGBT activists appear on local or national news.
So far GLAAD has, if my old school math is correct, 36 folks listed on their anti-gay web page of "don't you dare use these folks as talking heads" blacklist which has photos of said offenders.
Quite frankly I'm surprised GLAAD hasn't put cross-hairs over their faces. It reminds me of the FBI's Most Wanted list or even beyond that the ones who would be rubbed out or convicted by Bush after 9/11 and going into the war with Iraq to get Saddam Hussein and his "doers of evil".
And so it is boys and girls so as the Himmler's Nazi Gestapo had their blacklist of over 2300 names and backgrounds so too does GLAAD have its blacklist albeit with fewer names.
Comparing GLAAD to Nazis to harsh you may say. Well the Nazis in their misguided view thought they were doing the right thing also for their cause. Call a spade a spade folks GLAAD's list "may not" be censorship but it certainly can fall under intimidation of a sort when in the future GLAAD contacts a media organization and says "we have anti-gay background on these people why are you giving them a platform to speak ?"
Just as GLAAD is asking you to make them aware of media appearances or interviews, so too did the Gestapo have their rats to provide information.
Yep the Big Brother of 1984 Pink Police are now in full swing just waiting to pounce ... but we won't call this censorship or intimidation only a way to better inform the media.
Woody Allen in the video pretty much sums up my feelings about this as one who has worked in the news media and for those in the news media at large who are much too polite to say such things to GLAAD.