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Watch: Gay Vet Alex Nicholson and Hate Group Leader Peter Sprigg Discuss 'DADT' Repeal


If CNN is going to keep inviting hate group leaders like Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council on their shows, I hope they'll continue to apply tougher questioning regarding the falsehoods that they are peddling.


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  1. Alex Nicholson from Servicemembers United is quite impressive!

    I don't stay on top of all the personalities in the various gay rights orgs, so this is the first time I really recall him on television.

    Most notably: He made excellent points, stayed on-topic, and didn't get dragged down in a point/counter-point with Sprigg on the patently stupid arguments he was trying to get behind.

    Three cheers for Alex Nicholson. Let's hope we more of him on the airwaves representing us.

    Posted by: oneway | Dec 20, 2010 10:40:38 PM

  2. well, watching that was a good way to piss me off and raise my blood pressure.

    Posted by: lessthan | Dec 20, 2010 10:44:49 PM

  3. Agreed! TAlex Nicholson is well-spoken, fast-talking and a GREAT spokesperson for this issue.

    I hope to see him at the signing of this bill, and see him on TV regularly as the policy is implemented.

    No offense to Dan Choi, but I just think Victor Fehrenbach, Alex Nicholson and Mike Almy are the best spokespeople on this. Calm, measured and professional.

    Posted by: George | Dec 20, 2010 10:53:00 PM

  4. We need to push for an additional guest at each of these interviews that expresses the viewpoint that these highly religious bigots suffer from mental illness, which explains their need to tell everyone else how to live their lives.

    Posted by: SFHarry | Dec 20, 2010 11:13:36 PM

  5. I couldnt bring myself to watch the clip--those hatemongers make me nauseaus. But I have to wonder why Sprigg, a minister who's never served in the military and has no relevant background in regards to DADT was invited to be on the show. Y'know what? I think the solution to the economic crisis is to just print more money. I'm not an economist--but I feel that very strongly. When can I be a talking head on CNN or Fox?

    Posted by: dizzy spins | Dec 20, 2010 11:15:53 PM

  6. I think in order for Jon King to have had a more balanced and nuanced report, which of course we have become so accustomed to seeing on CNN, in addition to having an intelligence officer who was discharged under don't ask don't tell, and is now a member of an organization who has been fighting this policy for more then a decade, and a member of an organization who's sole purpose is to comabat the so-called gay agenda, and who's organization has been labeled a hate group by a respected organization who has fought for civil and human rights for several decades, and who as well who has never served in the millitary, held a political office or been involved in any way with public policy, the only logical addition would have been to have brought in a member of the KKK to get their thoughts as well. I mean afterall they are celebrating this very evening South Carolina's succession from the United States which brought about the Civil War, so I think we need to hear what Civil War Veterns, as well as current day re-enactors would think of the repeal of DADT, of course this goes without saying that the KKK member would have to have had a much better wig the Mr. Sprigg.

    Posted by: Bobo | Dec 20, 2010 11:57:03 PM

  7. Nice to see CNN airing the opinions of a hate group.

    There are a lot of conservatives and anti-gay groups out there not named hate groups - not sure why they don't just get one of those.

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 21, 2010 1:05:58 AM

  8. I would've loved to see Alex reach over to Peter Sprigg, touch his nose, and say "BEEP!" Sprigg's head would've exploded.

    Jon King REALLY needs to work on his follow-up questions and press people when they're spouting idiocies. (Anderson Cooper never would've let an asshat like Sprigg natter on like this.) "It's not my job to take sides in debates" is a shallow rationale; your job is to call out blatant prejudice and faulty reasoning.

    Posted by: Dback | Dec 21, 2010 1:57:38 AM

  9. Yeah,yeah. You can moan all you like on blogs but unless you strategically complain, CNN doesn't care.

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 21, 2010 2:08:37 AM

  10. I look forward to CNN's balanced debate on the segregation of water fountains.

    Posted by: Kugel | Dec 21, 2010 2:33:51 AM

  11. Someone should tell Mr. Sprigg that the country has been debating same-sex marriage for nigh on three decades.

    You'd think a man who earns his livelihood from that argument would be aware of it...

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 21, 2010 2:35:03 AM

  12. Mr. Sprigg, it is the 21st Century, of course marriage is next, it is going to end up being decided in the United States Supreme Court!

    Posted by: Jeff Dunivant | Dec 21, 2010 4:02:25 AM

  13. Alex Nicholson can woof at on Scruff ANYDAY.

    Posted by: Phil | Dec 21, 2010 4:44:45 AM

  14. We need to boycott CNN for having these hatemongers on.

    Who has a list of their sponsors?

    Posted by: Josh | Dec 21, 2010 4:57:22 AM

  15. sprigg's a mess. is he married (not that that means anything)?

    Posted by: r | Dec 21, 2010 6:07:29 AM

  16. Sprigg est un trou du cul de feu, n'est-il pas?

    Posted by: voet | Dec 21, 2010 8:33:54 AM

  17. Every time you hear that a network has given airtime to a member of one of these designated hate groups, contact them and complain. It only takes a few minutes. For CNN just go to their website, click on contact at the bottom of the page and take it from there. It's important to do this on a regular basis.

    Posted by: candide | Dec 21, 2010 9:32:52 AM

  18. Has anyone noticed that when pressed on anything and he's going to lie, Mr. Sprigg stutters? Uh-uh-uh...starts every sentence when he clearly lying or talking around something. (And yes, we all could go off on the extrodinarily bad dye job...what the hell was this idiot thinking? Classic examples of low self-esteem and a dilluted sense of reality.) Tony Perkins and Mr. Sprigg make their living stealing money from the poor, the misinformed and the ignorant by propogating fear and giving birth to hatred. That's their employment. They aren't saving anything, they are supporting anything...when all you do is speak AGAINST something or stand AGAINST something, it's a negative, and it settles your position in sand because your base is weak and pathetic, something that will ultimately fall. Poor Mr. Sprigg, he only appears sad and mousy. He can't even lie very well.

    Posted by: BartB | Dec 21, 2010 10:22:12 AM

  19. Nicholson obviously has a brain while Sprigg is just a mouth blathering baseless bigotry.

    gotta love those christians.

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 21, 2010 3:47:34 PM

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