Thursday, April 10, 2008

OBAMA'S ARMS LENGTH APPROACH TO THE GAY MEDIA

POLITICO - The Philadelphia Gay News rebuke highlighted Obama's complex relationship with the gay community, and touched off a blogosphere debate about the role of the gay media in presidential campaign coverage and the ethics of gay journalists. Obama has been criticized for embracing some black religious leaders who are resistant to gay rights, but also praised for speaking out against homophobia in the black community while at an historic black church. He has . . . gone further than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton by calling for the full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

With a decent story for Obama to tell, gay editors from Dallas to San Francisco to Boston have been left wondering why Obama doesn't take it directly to their publications, as Clinton has done with increasing frequency since Super Tuesday. "It doesn't seem to match what he says at these other events," said Cynthia Laird, news editor at the Bay Area Reporter in San Francisco. "It is very disappointing to me.". . .

Obama has not completely shut out the gay press. Three days after being blasted in the Philadelphia Gay News, Obama conducted his second interview of the presidential campaign with a gay news magazine with a national audience, The Advocate. Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said it was not done in response to Philadelphia Gay News dustup. The Advocate, which has not yet posted the interview, did not respond to a request for comment. . .

The National Gay Newspaper Guild, which represents 13 gay newspapers, requested interviews with Obama, Clinton and Sen. John Edwards in the months leading up to the Super Tuesday primaries. None of the candidates accepted the invite. In the weeks following the Feb. 5 elections, however, Clinton began talking with the gay press. She met with Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff, who endorsed her in late December. She held a conference call with journalists from the Dallas Voice and Ohio gay publications before the March 4 primaries, and spoke last week with the Philadelphia Gay News.

Obama has taken a different route. Before the March 4 primaries, he wrote an "open letter" to gay newspapers and blogs, promising to "use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in the family and adoption laws."

Gay journalists, while acknowledging that they understand the demands on Obama's time, said the outreach should include talking directly with them. "I don't think an open letter to the community is anywhere close to an interview with a professional reporter," Nash said.

Laura Kiritsy, the editor of Bay Windows, a New England gay newspaper, blames Obama's "handlers." She has written twice about what she perceives as the campaign's cautious approach to the gay press.

"Because he is the frontrunner and he is kind of the most unfamiliar … he has the most to lose," Kiritsy said. "That always makes candidates or their handlers a little more wary and reticent on LGBT issues so they don't come out looking like the crazy, moonbat liberal who will perpetuate the gay agenda. That is what he is dealing with."

2 Comments:

At April 10, 2008 1:27 PM, Blogger Charlotte said...

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At April 11, 2008 9:32 AM, Anonymous Chris Collins said...

Ahh, another "stealth" Hillary act of selfless principle - like her super secret opposition to NAFTA.

Unfortunately, her husband actively supported the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)which denied the extension of equal rights across the states or recognition of gay marriages for the purpose of federal benefits.

Again, the Hillaristas make a completely unstubstantiable claim of Hilly's fealty to progressive causes when the record clearly shows that she was part of a very regressive administration that sold these very causes for the most trivial political advantage.

Face it, gays got screwed-over by the Clintons just like labor did. But there's always some sucker willing to come back for more if they toss a few platitudes out now.

Damn, people can be dumb.

 

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