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CNN's Kyra Phillips: Is Homosexuality a Problem in Need of a Cure? - VIDEO

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In February I posted about California Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal's bill to repeal an archaic law requiring health officials to seek cures for homosexuality.

Lowenthal  The Long Beach Press Telegram reported: "The law originally was written in 1950 and re-enacted in 1967, the same year gay men protested police brutality and harassment at the Black Cat Tavern in Silverlake, which some historians consider the birthplace of the gay rights movement. Some minor amendments were made to the law as late as 1977, but the basic language - calling for a cure for homosexuality - remains in state law. On Feb. 19, Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, introduced AB 2199. The bill would repeal Section 8050 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, which declares the State Department of Mental Health 'shall plan, conduct and cause to be conducted scientific research into the causes and cures of sexual deviation, including deviations conducive to sex crimes against children, and the causes and cures of homosexuality...' Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California and bill sponsor, brought the idea in the past few months to Lowenthal's attention."

CNN's Kyra Phillips just ran a repulsive and shockingly irresponsible segment on Lowenthal's efforts in which she leads off, "Homosexuality —Is it a problem in need of a cure?" 

She then brought on crackpot "ex-gay" Richard Cohen, spewing lies about how people can change their sexuality and become straight, with nobody to rebut his disproven arguments. (You may remember when Rachel Maddow ripped Cohen to shreds over Uganda).

From CNN's blog: "At 10:40 we’ll talk with the State Assemblywoman who’s heading up the repeal effort. We’ll also talke (sic) with a leading expert on sexual reorientation, who was gay but is now married to a woman and has 3 kids."

Cohen is not an "expert" on sexual reorientation. "Sexual reorientation" does not work, as the American Psychological Association concluded in a two-year, 138-page report. Therefore, having Cohen on as an unchallenged "expert" in this field is misleading and irresponsible.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

NLGJA adds: "While the segment includes balance and Phillips handily challenges Cohen, the bigger problem is that the segment about whether homosexuality can be cured doesn’t feature any actual homosexuals. While Lowenthal is a worthy representative of the opposition and a wonderful spokeswoman as an ally, it’s always problematic when these kinds of conversations go on without having the people most effected by the legislation–gays and lesbians–represented on the panel."

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  1. thanks, but i'll pass on the video, i have a weak stomach...

    Posted by: jack | Apr 6, 2010 11:18:09 AM


  2. I just watched that segment as well and was horrified that Kyra Phillips would pose such a ridiculously offensive question as if it were a legitimate query. And Cohen is either in the early stages of Parkinsons or is EXTREMELY tightly wound.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Apr 6, 2010 11:19:24 AM


  3. Another woman disguising their "manhate" by using gayhate.....no surprise

    Posted by: alan brickman | Apr 6, 2010 11:24:57 AM


  4. What bullshit; and this crap will be in the endless news cycle until some next bobble head has come crap to spout.

    Posted by: Rad | Apr 6, 2010 11:26:39 AM


  5. Wonder if Coop knows about this? The woman is an idiot to be in mainstream media and be so out of the loop. Ditto on the video, I've seen enough of Cohen.

    Would love to know what the back story on the decision to deal with Lowenthal's efforts like this.

    Posted by: romeo | Apr 6, 2010 11:35:23 AM


  6. That bitch's fucking ratings must be down.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/30/cnn-ratings-plummet-in-q1_n_518282.html

    Let's create a petition on Facebook to take Kyra Philiips off the air!!!

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Apr 6, 2010 11:36:12 AM


  7. This is why, as of last month, I have completely given up on CNN. I am sick of their overly obvious attempts to stay "middle of the road" by inviting extreme-right radicals onto their shows. MSNBC is where it's at.

    Posted by: KFLO | Apr 6, 2010 11:37:01 AM


  8. It's ratings grab. RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 6, 2010 11:43:55 AM


  9. god some people drive me nuts.

    Posted by: j. | Apr 6, 2010 11:48:31 AM


  10. CNN has been on auto-pilot since the 1980s.

    It feels worn out and tired.

    The anchors on CNN have a tendency to ask questions that only make sense if Reagan were still president. They still refer to Beijing as "communist China," even though it has been a capitalist - though still authoritarian - state for over a decade now. They still wonder if immigration will change the face of America, even though it already has.

    Posted by: John | Apr 6, 2010 11:48:36 AM


  11. why dont they ask Anderson Cooper....hmm will he sell out?

    Posted by: sal | Apr 6, 2010 11:53:46 AM


  12. Poor Kyra. She does her best talking while sitting on the toilet, it seems.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 6, 2010 11:57:11 AM


  13. Andy: Did you actually see this entire segment for yourself? I'd really like you to follow up after you've screened the whole thing -- as you'll see no such thing actually happened the way you say it did. Frankly I think it's irresponsible of you to post something like this without actually screening CNN's segment in full.

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 6, 2010 11:59:27 AM


  14. I'm done with CNN after this. First, they put Bill Donahue on TV and gave him a forum to spew his hate. Now this. I'll stick with MSNBC.

    Posted by: Tony | Apr 6, 2010 12:00:05 PM


  15. Sorry but there's nothing in Andy's report I have any issue... I did watch the whole unfortunate segment BTW against my better judgement. It was the worst sort of exploitive crap. M. Cohen is a discredited liar who get to give his web address out at least 3 times I counted and instead of answering questions ran through his talking points any time his mic was turned. His opinions were not only offensive but worthless to the discussion at hand. I am sick of "balanced" meaning giving credence and airtime to bigots and no time to people with reasonable points of views. Madame Lowenthal was talking about something important for gay people and that loser was just drumming out hits for his website.

    Posted by: Vincent-louis Apruzzese | Apr 6, 2010 12:09:18 PM


  16. She had to have had a producer and others at CNN that were in on this right wing plant. I think somebody is getting to somebody. We may have to batten the hatches against more assaults like this. Several days ago, Queerty (of all places) had two pro-ex gay stories in a row. The stories got an overwhelmingly negative response from readers, but the editor defended it anyway.

    People who try to opt out of the gay life, with a beard, for social or financial reasons and keep their mouths shut about it are one thing. But the loud mouthed "ex-gay" that feels the need to go public about it does so for only one reason - to screw their brothers and sisters to justify their own delusions. The public ex-gay is our worst enemy. They are one of the biggest reasons holding back our acceptance and integration in society.

    Posted by: romeo | Apr 6, 2010 12:28:29 PM


  17. @Mark
    Did YOU actually watch the entire segment? I did, and I'm just as repulsed as Andy.

    Posted by: Tony | Apr 6, 2010 12:37:40 PM


  18. @Tony: YES, I did -- and I just went back and rewatched the entire thing again. Additionally, I actually read the related CNN blog -- where the question posed to viewers is NOT anything like "Is Homosexuality a problem in need of a cure" -- The ACTUAL question posted on the blog is: "are you surprised a law like this exists in 2010?"
    Kyra's tone during the entire interview implies that she herself cannot believe this law still exists -- and twice asked the so-called ex-gay if he felt his own homosexuality was a "mental illness" using a clear tone of incredulousness.

    Sorry guys, you have this one all wrong.

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 6, 2010 12:49:05 PM


  19. I understand they are searching for a scientific cure for stupidity and bigotry. They are using the gene pool over at CNN as the their research center. Unfortunately, it appears there is little hope for most of the participants there.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Apr 6, 2010 12:52:19 PM


  20. Is Kyra Phillips the one who was dating Rush Limbaugh for a while? I get my CNN daytime anchors mixed up.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Apr 6, 2010 12:55:39 PM


  21. CNN's story today was about CA Assemblywoman Lowenthal's efforts to get this archaic law repealed. The question posed to viewers was "Can you believe this law still exists?!?!"
    I guarantee you 95% of those who've already posted in this thread did NOT watch the story, NOR did they both even clicking the link to read CNN's blog. Just looking for excuses to bitch & moan.
    IF you actually watched the segment and still walked away misunderstanding the tone & intention, then that's your problem.

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 6, 2010 12:57:15 PM


  22. Nor did they *bother... is what I meant to type...

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 6, 2010 12:58:24 PM


  23. HAHA no - Daryn Kagan, who hasn't worked for CNN for several YEARS was the one linked to Limbaugh

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 6, 2010 12:59:24 PM


  24. Thanks, Mark. They're all so similarly inane these days, they tend to blur together.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Apr 6, 2010 1:10:47 PM


  25. I watched the entire thing. The whole point is that they shouldn't even be putting that douche bag on TV without having a real expert there to refute his ridiculous claims.

    Posted by: Tony | Apr 6, 2010 1:12:21 PM


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