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Why Does MSNBC Invite Hateful, Anti-Gay Spokespeople Who Tell Lies on TV to Represent Christians?

January 12, 2012, 1:14 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

Tony Perkins on MSNBCMSNBC is in the news this week for announcing that the cable network may finally be ending its contract with contributor Pat Buchanan, who has come under fire in the last month (deservedly) for publishing another book with incendiary racist commentary. Led by Color of Change and CREDO Action, hundreds of thousands of people pressured MSNBC to fire Buchanan. This latest update suggests MSNBC finally listened to their concerns.

Unfortunately, Buchanan wasn’t MSNBC’s only problematic regular contributor. As Media Matters has tracked, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has appeared on the network 18 times in the past year alone–almost as often as he’s gone on Fox News.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has rightfully declared Family Research Council a hate group because of their consistent, unwavering commitment to spreading hateful lies about the LGBT community.

Speaking on MSNBC, Perkins has falsely claimed that “the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a danger to children,” and another FRC official has called for criminalizing homosexuality.

In other contexts, FRC officials have:

  • Written that “one of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order”;
  • Alleged that gays and lesbians serving openly in the military would commit a greater number of sexual assaults on heterosexual service members, and that members of Congress who vote to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” would have “the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands”;
  • Attacked anti-bullying programs in public schools, describing them as a way of “indoctrinating impressionable school children.”

Yet instead of accurately identifying FRC as a untrustworthy hate group, MSNBC has continued to treat its officials as legitimate political commentators, most recently inviting Perkins on air just yesterday twice to discuss how evangelical Christians view the Republican presidential candidates.

In response, Faithful America has launched a petition calling on MSNBC to “stop inviting Family Research Council spokespeople on the air to represent the views of Christians and other people of faith.”

Just as racist rhetoric has no place in the media, people who tell lies about our LGBT neighbors should not be baptized as credible Christian messengers, particularly for a network built on progressive viewers. MSNBC should continue its move to improve its contributor rolls by keeping FRC off its shows.

11 Responses to “Why Does MSNBC Invite Hateful, Anti-Gay Spokespeople Who Tell Lies on TV to Represent Christians?”

  1. John Slovick says:

    Please stop booking Tony Perkins and please stop letting your contributors repeat already invalidated information.

  2. dr. bob says:

    Perkins is a liar who misrepresents and distorts research on homosexuality. You should not give him credibility (see SPLC) since he is misleading not only your audience, but your own credibility. At the very least, balanced reporting required puting the opposite side on to be fail (and accurate). I will no longer watch MSNBC when you put any of these discredited a-holes on.

  3. Penny Sautereau-Fife says:

    I’m not a Christian, but it always boosts my faith in humanity to be reminded that there ARE still good Christians in the world who don’t by into the bigotry and hatred that these miserable people distort the Bible to justify. Thank you for renewing my sense of hope against all the hate.

  4. Howard Carton says:

    I liked this article, which I thought was fair and reasonable.

    HOWEVER, I think your site needs a bit more editing and attention to grammar.

    Specifically, if someone’s gonna write “MSNBC *is* in the news this week for announcing that *they* may finally be ending *their* contract with…”, either the verb should be ARE (as British usage does), or the “they”s should be “it”.

    This is not an obscure point: check, for example, the AP standards for news writing. Thank you.

  5. Robert Snowden says:

    Thank you, MSNBC, for getting that disgusting racist homophobe Pat Buchanan off your programs…but…what about the other homophobes you continue to let spew “their Christian” view of the world, especially when it comes to bigoted homophobia. I’m talking about FRC’s Tony Perkins and other of his ilk belonging to organizations identified by the SLC as “hate groups”. You can’t have it both ways: “no” to Buchanan but “yes” to Perkins (and his fellow homophobes). Please give airtime only to non-homophobic non-racist spokespeople going forward. YOUR audience will appreciate hearing the truth instead of lies and hate.

  6. Dan Greifenberger says:

    STOP Inviting Hateful, Anti-Gay Liars on TV to Represent Christians! I realize entertainment is what the “news” in 2012 is all about. I realize you operate under this formula: more controversy equals more viewers equals more money from advertisers (C+V=M). I realize that you are a corporation and all you care about is making more money regardless whom you harm. So logically I am now boycotting all MSNBC/NBC programing until you stop your irresponsible behavior (H=B)!

  7. Blake says:

    They never invite members of the KKK when ‘black’ issues are discussed or the Nazis when ‘Jewish’ issues are discussed, so those discussions are never well rounded.

  8. Bradley Shropshire says:

    For years, the FRC has used gay hate baiting to raise the public profile of its leaders for the SOLE purpose of them gaining huge paychecks through their ‘non-profit’ organizations.

    By allowing them to submit their hate on the air, MSNBC downgrades its integrity and aids in these groups receiving more funds they use to live lavish lifestyles in the name of doing Christ’s work.

  9. Mary M says:

    Christianity is NOT progressive. Just because someone defends the teachings of Christianity does not make them hateful because there is no room for hate in Christianity. The truth cannot change and homosexual behavior is sinful. Anyone who says that it isn’t is using “revisionist Christianity” to come to their flawed conclusions.

  10. Arynne says:

    It’s not simply that they disapprove of homosexuality, Mary; it’s that they’re saying things which are untrue. One can criticize a person, or a group of people, without bearing false witness.