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Rachel Maddow On Robinson Flap


Rachel Maddow covered the Bishop Robinson flap tonight and reports that the entire Inaugural Concert will be rebroadcast on the National Mall tomorrow, including Robinson's invocation. Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Thanks to Rachel for covering this; I did not see it covered on any other TV news source.

    Given the political ramifications of this 'bone' thrown to the GLBT community after the (p)Rick Warren fiasco, the PIC folks are either dumber than dirt, or just plain liars (and not very good ones) trying to cover-up their desire to keep the GLBT community out-of-sight and out-of-mind.

    As for the PIC/Josh Earnest "apology"... I'm trying to find some way to feel understanding and gracious about this, but in my heart all I feel is: 'Too little, too late.'

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jan 20, 2009 12:15:53 AM

  2. Wait, I thought it was posted here that even the people at the event couldn't hear him because of "mic troubles". Where is the explanation for that... and did the crowd of "hundreds of thousands of people who gathered on the mall" actually HEAR his speech, or not? 'Cause if not, bot the "mic troubles" that mysteriously were fixed AFTER his speech AND the fact that he was scheduled to be part of the pre-show and not broadcast seem to say that he was deliberately silenced by the PIC. Shame.

    Posted by: glenn | Jan 20, 2009 12:43:30 AM

  3. Face it Obama used us as Clinton did..

    Obama is nothing more than a damn user...

    Posted by: sickntired | Jan 20, 2009 12:51:46 AM

  4. Saying he used us is going a bit far. We have to vote Democrat we have little choice. The Republicans think we have made a lifestyle choice and want to keep us from having equal rights. The Dems (Clintons and Obama included) try to appeal to us, but no they can't make any promises because of the opposition.

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 20, 2009 1:07:45 AM

  5. That was excellent.
    I met her today! I was there on the Mall, standing and flailing for the camera behind Cory Booker, and she came outside and spoke to everybody. She gave me a hug! Sorry, this is irrelevant, but it was so amazing.
    God, I love her.

    Posted by: Liza | Jan 20, 2009 1:08:53 AM

  6. Way to go, PICasses! Your "atonement" is to play Robinson's two-minute prayer PLUS the TWO HOURS that came after it, thus guaranteeing that the smallest possible number will see/hear it [do the math about the number who will arrive at the mall within those 120 minutes AFTER he's rerun] while had you allowed it to be broadcast at the beginning of the broadcast as countless people expected and looked for you would be up to your little nose in shit.

    And, if it was SOOO "eloquent," soooo "fitting," then why not rerun it throughout the morning in a loop along with ONLY two or three of the musical performances, quotes from famous speechs, etc.?

    And, AGAIN, Josh may be Earnest but he's clueless if he's still claiming that everyone at the mall heard Robinson when everyone else on the planet seems to know the previously working sound system mysteriously cut out when Robinson started to speak.

    A general is only as good as the lieutenants under him and General Obama had better whip his subordinates in line soon with his much-touted commitment to equal treatment and equality for gays or we'll continue to see more of these "mistakes."

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Jan 20, 2009 3:34:18 AM

  7. My lover was there, and said the sound system wasn't fined tuned when they began the program, and they couldn't hear Rev. Robinson either!

    Posted by: Buzz | Jan 20, 2009 6:01:38 AM

  8. From what I've heard, the sound system wasn't working well throughout the concert. I don't know why Obama didn't fix it correctly when he personally installed it that morning. For those who are too slow, that last sentence is an example of sarcasm.

    Someone is going to have to explain to me how this is an example that the Obama administration is going to use gay people, or won't support policy that helps gay people? If that were the case, why invite Robinson ine first place, air the prayer at all, or include gay people in a laundry list that includes pretty much every other American citizen. I think the shots against the laundry list have been the stupidest thing that I've heard. How is making it clear that gays are just as American and just as important as everyone else, wrong?

    Posted by: Cadence | Jan 20, 2009 7:34:29 AM

  9. Because, Cadence, until he does something tangible -- like passing ENDA and dropping DADT -- we have no reason whatsoever to believe that he's doing anything other than play us for the suckers we so often are.

    "Oh look he MENTIONED us!"

    "Oh look there's a gay marching band!"

    Oh look -- there's Rick Warren.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 20, 2009 8:36:22 AM

  10. David, he hasn't done anything for anyone, since he won't be President until noon. So, what sense does it make to jump to conclusions. Again, he mentioned us along with every other American, the point being that we are all Americans. It was not just a throw away line. Obama has never backed out of his promise to not repeal DADT, yet no one would know that if they read this site. Warren, Robinson, the band etc. do not have abything to do with policy.

    Posted by: Cadence | Jan 20, 2009 8:41:20 AM

  11. Stop, take a deep breath ... this really doesn't matter.

    What DOES matter is that Robinson was given a LOT of air time on a lot of different venues leading up to and now after the Sunday invocation. What he said Sunday was nice. What he explained on NPR and the national TV media was spectacular, beautiful beyond measure, and extremely helpful.

    He - and we - would have none of this exposure were he not given the invocation opportunity. And what of Rick Warren? He had the opportunity to twist in the media wind explaining how he wasn't a bigot. Must have been fun. Bishop Robinson wasn't protested. Warren was. Robinson explained how beautiful the Episcopal (in general, the liberal) view of God is - all loving, all forgiving. For EVERYONE, no exceptions. That is an identical view with the MCC, UCC, and other national churches, and it is becoming the view of many, many more. Warren had to defend the hate filled god of his church and his personal hate and bias. Not a good position to be in.

    I've been quite gratified at the exposure Robinson got - the invocation screw up just simply isn't important. Everybody heard now about the problems - and our concerns - and how wonderful Bishop Robinson is. They would have TIVo'd right on past him had they actually heard him.

    C'mon folks - how many people actually care about a prayer? He's special to us - and especially to us who are Episcopalians AND gay - but to the rest of the world watching, that prayer simply didn't matter to anyone. And neither will Warren's. Chill. Breath. Have faith.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 20, 2009 9:50:01 AM

  12. David Ehrenstein, how DARE you? When are you going to repent and accept our Lord &
    Savior Barack Christ? Need proof, oh ye Doubting David? Look at all the miracles he's performed, starting with the thousands of gays who keeping giving more and more of their brains to Goodwill everytime he's lied to us [IL gay rights bill; states' right to ban gay relationships], talked down to us ["you should be happy with what I'm offering you; 'marriage' ain't for you people"], and promoted our most lying enemies [Meeks, McClurkin, Warren], and, while not turning water into wine, converts words like "full equality" into new meanings, i.e., "equality minus that marriage thingy."

    Pray, David, pray for forgiveness.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Jan 20, 2009 10:44:30 AM

  13. People are surprised that the 44th President is putting us at the back of the bus? I'm sure they televised Rick Warren.

    Posted by: | Jan 20, 2009 12:39:09 PM

  14. Cadence,

    forgive them. They know not what they do.... and they won't shut up.

    But that's all right. Barack Hussein Obama was magnificent today!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 20, 2009 1:50:51 PM

  15. Life as POTUS is never easy. Mr. Obama wants to create an inclusive government, which means accepting and allowing all points of view (the basis of the First Amendment, I do believe). "Heavy hangs the head that wears the crown," couldn't be a more apt description of the situation. Historically, real change is slow and painful. As the first African American president, I am sure no one is more aware of this than he is. Unfortunately, the majority of our citizens are straight (and white). I give all of them credit for the civil rights progress that has been made so far. Give him a break, folks. We'll get there.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 20, 2009 10:46:58 PM

  16. Some of you need to remember that the guy just assumed office. If you seriously think that John McCain would have made any decisions with the best interests of GLBTs in mind, you are living in a fantasy world.

    Posted by: Frank L | Jan 21, 2009 10:10:46 AM

  17. His prayer was at around 2:20pm. HBO started broadcasting at 2:30pm. Obama's people messed up, not HBO.

    Posted by: Tom A. | Jan 21, 2009 11:49:15 AM

  18. Strike two. I did not know about this until today (1-21-09). My "hope high" from yesterday is already gone. Thanks for returning me to reality Rachel. Separate but not usual.

    Posted by: 2nd Class Citizen | Jan 21, 2009 12:43:19 PM

  19. HBO producers also messed up. I was on the Mall - right behind that raised platform. His speech was not amplified in the least to those beyond that platform - or at least our section. All we saw was his image on the jumbotron. The ball was dropped on the sound overall. Just horrible for an event of this size. Even watching it later on TV the quality of the sound sucked.

    And another thing - why wasn't the audience recorded better than that? You would think that they were performing to a group of 50 people if not for the images. Glad I was there but HBO production sucked.

    Posted by: Schniffy | Jan 21, 2009 6:20:02 PM

  20. Craig, you're really part of the problem...apologizing for and defending those that do nothing for us. Robinson was heard by what....a couple hundred thousand. Warren was heard by what...millions? You do the math my apologetic little friend.

    Posted by: Donald | Jan 24, 2009 12:42:41 PM

  21. Wow is Maddow dishonest. Her comments dripped with sarcasm. With no comment to Robinson as a candidate, she was schooled. First to AIDS. his previous comments did not say AIDS was a conspiracy as she tried to state. He said in the past that certain disreputable political operatives, to inflate the casualties from AIDS added in other non AIDS related diseases to inflate the numbers. If she read his writing, she would know that. As to radiation, he has written that low levels kill bacteria. He never said fallout was good, and when he discussed higher level radiation in places like Denver, he stated from the sun...natural radiation, that kills Bacteria that kills us. She was misquoting him as accused and used the first 15 minutes of the next nights show to smear him uncontested as accused. We can disagree on his politics, but we should be a little more honest and a little less spiteful.

    Posted by: Ben | Oct 8, 2010 9:26:01 PM

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