Protest Time…

With Pat Buchanan, Roland Martin, and, apparently, Dana Loesch being successfully targeted by protest groups over various issues one would think that we’ve seen enough scalps for a while. Well, we’d be wrong. Democracy in Action is targeting MSNBC for having Tony Perkins appear on its air as a guest. They even have a website up for it and according to it they delivered 20,000 signatures to MSNBC on February 14th…

The Family Research Council is so extreme that they’ve been officially listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, in part because they’ve repeatedly accused gays and lesbians of child molestation. But MSNBC has continued to invite their president, Tony Perkins, and other organizational spokespeople on air to comment on behalf of Christian voters. In fact, since FRC was designated a hate group in November 2010, Tony Perkins has appeared on MSNBC more often than any other n (sic.)

MSNBC has built its business on progressive viewers, and they need to hear that we find it unacceptable to provide an unquestioning platform for the religious right’s hatred and fear-mongering. Sign the petition:

Why do I bring this up since groups are always taking issue with stuff that happens on cable news? I bring this up because that second paragraph is very illustrative… (emphasis ICN’s)

MSNBC has built its business on progressive viewers, and they need to hear that we find it unacceptable to provide an unquestioning platform for the religious right’s hatred and fear-mongering.

Once Color of Change and others raised enough ruckus and (it could be argued) got MSNBC to drop Pat Buchanan, a precedent was set…and a predictable one at that. Now, groups like Democracy in Action can point to Buchanan and claim, with some justification, “Hey! You listened to progressive protestors when we bitched about Buchanan on MSNBC and you agreed and removed him. Why aren’t you acting the same way here?”

It’s a slippery slope bowing to pressure groups. After you do it once others will notice and demand similar satisfaction. And if you logically follow Democracy in Action’s argument to its conclusion, that MSNBC now caters to a specific demographic and is influenced by what that demographic wants – and I think a reasonable argument can be put forward that Pat Buchanan’s ouster had everything to do with the Progressive base MSNBC now courts given the number of years Buchanan had been with the network all the while holding those same views, then Democracy in Action is right to be perturbed that it isn’t getting similar results with Perkins.

Slippery slopes…the best way to deal with them is to never start down them…

Note for the obtuse: No I’m not saying Perkins should be ousted. I’m not saying Perkins shouldn’t be ousted. What I think is irrelevant as far as this blog is concerned. I’m only interested in the mechanics of this.

Advertisements

13 Responses to “Protest Time…”

  1. How can MSNBC respond to this? Since Perkins isn’t an employee, they can’t fire him. They could ban him from the network, but I’m not aware of any cable net publicly banning anyone from being a guest.

  2. savefarris Says:

    Democracy in Action didn’t get the memo. MSNBC is more than likely continuing to invite the guy because they *WANT* him and his group to be the “face of the Christian Right”.

    If you invite nice Christians on the air, everyone might start to think that Christians are nice. Better to invite the haters and fear-mongers to represent those vile groups. That makes it easier to smear the movement as a whole.

  3. They could ban him from the network, but I’m not aware of any cable net publicly banning anyone from being a guest.

    COUGH! COUGH! Markos Moulitsas…COUGH!

  4. joeremi Says:

    If that group really is on record comparing g@ys to child molesters, we have a problem..

  5. If only they had compared Christians to child molesters.

  6. missy5537 Says:

    Hilarious! My cat has been banned by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They hate everyone to the right of satan.

  7. mlong5000 Says:

    The Southern Poverty Law Center isn’t as honest a group to point to anymore for unbiased opinions too much of their decisions on who to tag as a Hate group is colored by their Left wing political leanings.

    As for MSNBC I’ll just keep bringing up good ol’Al Sharpton has an example of their double standards.

  8. Another example of the left’s eagerness to silent people for whom they disagree with.

  9. Goes back to the days when Stalin paid to have an assassin stick a pick into Trotsky’s head on a pleasant Mexican day.

  10. Today’s Liberals are Stalinist. Communists have a history of silencing people they disagree with.

  11. joeremi Says:

    It’s not “disagreement” to object to a group of people being called child molesters. Does this REALLY need to be explained to you?

  12. savefarris Says:

    … unless you’re labeling the Catholic Church as such (or anyone with an R after their name during the Foley embroligo). Then, bombs away!

  13. joeremi Says:

    Uhh..the Catholic Church was being called a den of child molesters because they WERE, genius.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: