The other night I was watching the Newshour with Jim Lehrer. During a mediawatch segment, a newshour contributor made a comment about a Mr. Gannon being a gay escort for hire. This smearing would be unacceptable if directed at a liberal such as congressman Barney Frank, whose boyfriend ran a ring of gay escorts out of his basement. That Mr. Gannon went by a pseudonym, and worked for a small conservative news outlet seem to be enough to demonize him for things that usually don't faze liberals. PBS is supposed to hold a higher standard than the gossip columns or "blogosphere" that they hold in such low esteem. Well, some fat old bald white guy with glasses just screwed that all up for them. Jim Lehrer immediately tried to control the damage, but to think he did not know what was going to be said is asking too much. It is comical to watch a liberal media organization go down the tubes trying to emulate what it thinks is being done to it by the "new media". Is Lehrer taking his lead from Bill Moyers, who decided to drop his veil of "objectivity" and openly shill for the left? Moyers got rich on the public dime doing the same thing, but eventually had to quit juicing the PBS money train before becoming so open about his hatred of Bush and conservatives in general. I've watched Lehrer since the late '70's, when my father watched the half hour "MacNeil/Lehrer Report". I can honestly say that this is the lowest type of political smear I have ever seen on his show, though PBS has broadcast much worse on other programs. Mr. Lehrer ought to purge his broadcasts of unsubstantiated and irrelevant claims unless he is willing to explain them in detail, in a fair and balanced way.
From Andrew Sullivan, a quote:
"Just ask yourself: if a Catholic conservative blogger had found out that a liberal-leaning pseudo-pundit/reporter was a gay sex worker, had outed the guy as gay and a "hooker," published pictures of the guy naked, and demanded a response from a Democratic administration, do you think gay rights groups would be silent? They'd rightly be outraged. But the left can get away with anything, can't they? Especially homophobia. "
Sullivan hits the nail on the head about homophobia. The fat old bald white guy with glasses on the Lehrer Newshour show has catered to the lowest of human hatreds. I can't believe they continue to employ a person so stuck in political prejudices and biases that he would make such sleazy comments on the Newshour. Lehrer ought to be educating the liberals about respecting all humans, gay or not, and their points of view, liberal or conservative.