1. jack says

    i called npr’s ombudsman and complained about the deletion of names in the review. i hope this gets around to the press in general, and liberal media in particular, and generates a firestorm of complaints.

  2. Mike says

    Jack, that is a great idea. I subscribe to KCRW and have been a member for many years. Part of that donation goes back to NPR. I’m sure there are many people who think this is outrageous. Call up your stations and complain – LOUDLY.

  3. says

    This is CENSORSHIP pure and simple. “NPR has a long-held policy of trying to respect the privacy of public figures and of not airing or publishing rumors, allegations and reports about their private lives unless there is a compelling reason to do so,” is utterly disingenuous. For a crtici to describe what is said in a movie is not the equivalent of said critic saying the same thing.

    NPR wants us in the closet. This was clear from Terry Gorss’s interview with Kirby where she goes on about how “uncomfortable” she is talking about the subject.


  4. Sean says

    I have long supported BOTH local NR stations. I’m willing to bet that this week, when i was supposed to send off my annual checks, that I can find an organization much more worthy than they apparently are. I think I’ll call and let my local affiliates know the check is NOT in the mail, and why.

  5. Chris says

    Come on, Towleroad. “Homophobic NPR?” You’re getting a little carried away. Don’t get me wrong, right at this moment they did something wrongheaded, but that doesn’t make them homophobic. That makes it one editors (probably) call to do something that takes them out of the fire for something they can’t verify.

    And pointing out that they’ve broken their policy before doesn’t really mean anything. Different shows will have different producers/editors and they’ll decide to allow different things about different people. And it’s just more socially acceptable to call a pop star probably gay than it is to call a politician probably gay. It’s just a thing.

    Get mad if you want to, but let’s not call them homophobic for no good reason. Especially when, from everything I’ve heard (and I listen to NPR a lot), they love the gays.

  6. Don says

    Come on guys – if you really listen to NPR you would know that are NOT homophobic in the least. It’s the one radio station that actually treats us as “real” people, and doesn’t brush us aside or neglect to tell our stories. You’ve got this accusation dead wrong, and you are overreacting because they didn’t tell this particular story in the way you wanted.

  7. Whatever says

    I more or less agree with Chris. David, Terry Gross was uncomfortable because she could not break the station’s policy on fact checking etc.; perhaps she also understands that every person has a right to handle their own sexuality the way they see fit. She has interviewed, brilliantly, enough gays, lesbians, transgendered, you name it, in the last 20 years with a tenderness and an openmindedness not surpassed by many (or any) other radio or TV personalities. She’s on our side.

    On the other hand, the idea of NOT revealing names is a good marketing ploy—want to know the names, you have to buy the book…

  8. Brian says

    You are wrong on this one. Calling NPR “homophobic” for not outing rumored homosexuals is a complete over-reaction. Perhaps they did not handle this situation correctly, since censorship seems to have been employed in this instance. However, NPR does not shy from addressing issues of gay rights. In all matters, the quality of their broadcasting is leagues beyond where most people get their news. Lay off.

  9. says

    It has nothing to do with “fact-checking,’ because what the film says and NPR’s critic informing listeners about what the film says are two different things.

    You really think we’re stupid, don’t you KAPO!

  10. Chris says

    NPR homophobic? Get real. Since when is declining to participate in outing people homophobic? Outing is a controversial issue even within the gay and alternative press, and there is a perfectly respectable journalistic point of view that says disclosing the private, non-criminal sexual behavior of a public official is out of bounds, even if they support policies that most in the gay community would not support. All of us who have been in the closet can understand the notion that people usually should be permitted to come out in their own way and in their own good time. There’s also a good argument that outing is appropriate in cases of clearly hypocritical public position, but disagreement on a matter of ethics is not the same as homophobia.

  11. paul c says

    I think this has more to do with NPR’s fear of losing government funding due to angering politicians who already have it in for them.

    A perfect example of why there is no freedom when you are reliant on government for support.

    If the cause were important enough to the powers that be at NPR, I’m sure they’d risk it.

  12. Josh says

    Calling NPR homophobic is laughable. I completely disagree with the practice of “outing” – whether it’s a politican (hypocritical or not), celebrity or some other prominent person. Sexuality is a private matter. All people deserve the opportunity to come out on their own or to not come out. That really is no one else’s business. I’m a liberal democrat that has been out since I was 15. I have no clue how someone can reconcile in their head having gay sex and then voting against advancing LGBT rights. I think the more important thing for us to do is work hard to make this society one where there is no shame in coming out.

  13. kathy says

    As a straight person, supporter of gay rights, and NPR subscriber who heard Teri Gross’ interview I’m not sure my mind jumped to a judgment of homophobia. My local station, KUT, here in Austin seems to support the gay community more than any other station in town. The judgment on this one issue seems unfortunate, since I enjoy seeing the conservative politicians getting some spotlight when they are hypocritical. But acting like exposing someone for their hidden life seems to be treating the exposure of their being gay as a punishment. I hope if my young children ever find that they are gay, they won’t be in a society that is still considers being out (or outed) a punishment.

  14. David B. 2 says

    careful pulling your donations — once a local affiliate — who are barely treading water most of the time — goes under — they do not come back. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face!

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