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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #414

MAKE AMERICA HAPPEN, AGAIN: A new video from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, highlighting the lessons to be learned from FDR's response to the Great Depression.

ROLAND MARTIN: Michelangelo Signorile talks to Max Blumenthal about CNN commentator Roland Martin and his position on gays. Roland Martin offered a statement in response.

WHAT ARE THESE MEN DOING?: They're praying over the door that Obama will walk through when he leaves the Capitol chamber to walk to the inaugural platform. Blumenthal has the lowdown on this freak show.

LE BALLON: Where most balloons end up when they fly away.

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  1. The balloon clip is very cute...and very French.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 15, 2009 4:25:16 PM

  2. The clip of Signorili's interview with Max Blumenthal was interesting and very professional. They discuss a homophobic high-ranking official in the Obama Campaign without bringing the issue of race into the criticism. I like that...I love that.

    But one thing: why would you think that social conservatives cannot exist within the Democratic Party? No, they have a right to be in the party, and we have a right to debate with them, and try to persuade the majority in the party to see it our way.

    We aint scared of no fundamentalist Christian Democrats.

    They don't have to leave the party--they're in the Democratic Party because of economic philosophy, but they won't get their way on social policy.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 15, 2009 4:39:41 PM

  3. I'm sorry, Roland Martin wasn't a high-ranking member of the Obama Campaign--he's just another Democrat with an anti-gay attitude.

    Anyway, I like Signorili...kinda' sweet and rough at the same time. How tall is he?

    Posted by: Derrick from PHilly | Jan 15, 2009 5:00:42 PM

  4. I didn't get their interpretation of Roland's remarks at all. I think he was saying that if you teach Bible studies outside of marriage you should abstain from sex, str8 or gay. I didn't hear anything about "conversion". It sounds like Blumenthal can't stop carrying water for Hillaryin12 despite her recent near-appointment. It was CNN that picked Roland, not Obama. Give it rest already!

    Posted by: anon | Jan 15, 2009 6:11:22 PM

  5. So, anon, if Roland Martin came out against gay marriage (which he doubtless has--perhaps not out loud, though), this wouldn't be antigay at all? It's a package deal, and no amount of contortion will excuse this irrelevant pundit's homophobia.

    And the wackintosh's who are can anyone have any respect for faith? How?

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 15, 2009 6:23:58 PM

  6. Roland Martin sounds like he is ignorant.

    However, Max Blumenthal's journalistic ethics are also pretty shoddy here. At one point in the video, Blumenthal speculates that Martin must be gay because Martin had mentioned details of the life of a gay member of Martin's wife's church.

    When Michelangelo questioned Blumenthal on facts behind his assertion, Blumenthal just said that Martin's voice seemed to confident in retelling facts. A good journalist should not shovel out speculation that has no basis other than the journalist's gaydar.

    As we all know, while a lot of homophobic people are closeted, others are just religious or cultural bigots. I could understand Blumenthal making those claims if he had said that there had been long standing rumors about Martin or some kind of evidence. But Blumenthal presented none.

    We've seen 8 years of crappy journalism that let Bush slide through with a mess. Supposed journalism would substitute opinion for fact and slime liberals and anyone who disagreed with Bush policies. I expect more from Blumenthal than innuendo like this.

    Posted by: noah | Jan 15, 2009 6:29:22 PM

  7. I'm sorry but I have to agree with Anon, I was waiting for something controversial but I didn't hear it, i honestly didn't. He sounded like he was saying that his wife had told the man that he neeeds to remove himself from the things that made him feel uncomfortable about teaching bible study. Michelangelo twisted that shit up real quick in my opinion.

    Posted by: Pekemo | Jan 15, 2009 9:58:41 PM

  8. Roland Martin protests too much in his statement. I've never read anything that was more defensive than this statement. Also that little prayer thingy at the doorway of the inaugural doorway was the silliest piece of "magic" I've ever seen. These Christian fundamentalists are loopy. I suppose praying for the president is one thing, but doing so in such a narrow-minded, self-involved sort of way is just weird. Maybe if they kneel on the floor and read more prayers (spells) they'll turn the whole country into narrow-minded bigots just like them. But then, they weren't able to do it in the last 8 years that "their" president was in charge.

    Posted by: brad | Jan 18, 2009 3:57:55 PM

  9. Anyone on here who defends Roland Marton most likely voted (or would vote) Yes on 8. Have some of you watched CNN on a regular basis? The man is probably more anti gay than O'Riely. EVERY gay 'issue' or topic that is brought forth on CNN, he has to chime in on, and it's never ever flattering toward us.
    It's amazing how some of you want to not call some people out because it's not PC. He's liberal, black and a democrat, therefor we can't label him homophobic. Instead, you are attacking the journalist speaking up for your rights and against his (Martin's) ignorance?

    Posted by: Kyle | Jan 19, 2009 12:24:03 AM

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