Several of us have criticized other journalists for giving Tony Perkins a platform and failing to challenge his views, but CNN reporter Brooke Baldwin pressured antigay activist Tony Perkins on his opposition to marriage equality in an interview Thursday, asking pointedly, “Why do homosexuals bother you so much?”
The Advocate notes, Baldwin “gave an almost textbook example of how to tell a complete story when dealing with an anti-gay activist,” Aaron McQuade, director of news and field media for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, wrote in a blog post.
Baldwin asked Perkins if he had ever been to the home of a married same-sex couple, and he said he had not. She also cited support for marriage equality from Republicans such as Gen. Colin Powell and former vice president Dick Cheney as well as polls that show a majority of Americans in favor. Perkins responded with his usual claims about marriage being “devalued” by the inclusion of same-sex couples and “social science” indicating that it’s best for children to be raised by heterosexual couples.
McQuade pointed out that Baldwin could have gone further and challenged Perkins on his statement about social science. “This is absolute garbage. … Every single mainstream study that has ever been conducted, comparing kids raised by two gay parents to kids raised by two straight parents, has found absolutely no difference,” McQuade wrote.
Look for yourself and see if you think the challenge is enough. I believe we should no longer give discredited views such a platform in the media. It has become a big ho hum! Nonetheless if you are so inclined read the Advocate Article and see if you think Perkins takes this any further and if Baldwin made any headway.
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