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CNN and FOX News Completely Ignored Mississippi's New Anti-Gay Segregation Law: VIDEO


Late last week, Melissa Harris-Perry dedicated her letter of the week to Governor Phil Bryant for signing the anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill.

Said Harris-Perry in her video message:

It’s not like the people of Mississippi are under the thumb of onerous state laws that protect LGBT people. Same-sex marriage is banned in Mississippi by constitutional amendment. You can’t even have a wedding for a vendor to refuse to work!

And you can already be discriminated against for your sexual orientation in Mississippi. You can be fired or not hired just for being gay. You can be denied housing. So, governor, what you did was make it even easier than it already was to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians. To deny them services available to everyone else. Basically, you gave bigots yet another avenue to dehumanize their LGBT neighbors.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Mscoverage1In related news, Equality Matters reports that CNN and FOX News completely ignored Mississippi's new anti-gay segregation law:

CNN and Fox's failure to cover the Mississippi law is the latest reminder of the media's short attention span. Mere weeks after key Fox personalities condemned the Arizona bill, many of those same personalities went right back to defending anti-gay discrimination this week, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that a photographer had violated the state's non-discrimination law by refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.

CNN, meanwhile, continues its hours upon hours of obsessive speculation over the missing Malaysian jetliner.

As Mississippi wages war on LGBT citizens' basic rights, two of the nation's leading news outlets apparently have nothing better to offer than silence.

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  1. CNN is a cesspool and Cooper and Lemon both deserve shame in their complicity. Fox was never news to begin with.

    Posted by: stranded | Apr 8, 2014 8:21:49 PM

  2. Was anyone really surprised? - "As Mississippi wages war on LGBT citizens' basic rights, two of the nation's leading news outlets apparently have nothing better to offer than silence."

    Posted by: MissingLeftSock | Apr 8, 2014 8:33:56 PM

  3. CNN, (Certainly Not News) and Fox are both essentially right wing propaganda outlets. Facts, truth and public information are not part of their programming objectives. They exist to spread the "message" to their fascist followers and rabble rouse and nothing more.

    Posted by: Bob R | Apr 8, 2014 8:49:53 PM

  4. It's not CNN, it's the fact that no major gay rights organisation did anything to stop this bill. Missisipi is so backwards redneck state, it's not worth the efford.

    Posted by: litper | Apr 8, 2014 8:51:31 PM

  5. Mississippi sits on the bottom of so many metrics and yet they devote their time and money to this. Ok...

    Posted by: daws | Apr 8, 2014 9:00:27 PM

  6. CNN is still running with wall to wall coverage of that stupid plane crash. How can they have anytime to talk about real news, they would rather have a panel discussion on the possibility of that plane being sucked into a black hole. I wish I was joking about the black hole but sadly it's true. CNN has become unwatchable.

    Posted by: Tristin | Apr 8, 2014 9:05:13 PM

  7. She kicked ass!

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 8, 2014 9:25:13 PM

  8. As Tristan pointed out, CNN has completely given up talking about anything other than the missing plane for WEEKS now! To the exclusion of other, very important national and international news. Its the equivalent now of a car chase in that there is very, very little content of value to the general public. It's a pathetic chapter in the network's history and it will not be forgotten.

    Posted by: Princely | Apr 8, 2014 11:08:09 PM

  9. I am not surprised about Fox News not saying anything but not for reasons everyone seems to give here. Despite the angry emotions everyone seems to have here on that network...they are not stupid people there. I think it is very telling that even Fox sees this as something not to get into...or wade into...because it is a losing proposition even from their perspective.

    Posted by: voice | Apr 9, 2014 1:50:23 AM

  10. A. I don't think it should come as a big shock to anyone that Fox had nothing to say about it.

    B. Like the article says, CNN has been so focused on the missing plane that you would almost think nothing else has been going on in the world since then.

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Apr 9, 2014 4:30:37 AM

  11. Well that helps me make a financial decision for sure. I came upon an old home online that I was contemplating purchasing. If this is how Mississippi does business, they can do it without my money! I wonder how the historic societies and the preservation societies feel about their governor's choices to discriminate.

    Posted by: Declan | Apr 9, 2014 6:39:53 AM

  12. The bill that was signed by the governor was not necessarily anti-gay. In its original state, it was a vicious bill similar to Arizona's bill. After amendments and a conference, it basically mirrors the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. When it finally became national news, it basically mirrored the federal law (read: not really news). As a result of the language changes, many news outlets and organizations didn't touch it. While MSNBC's coverage helped shine a light on the bigots in Mississippi's legislature and governor's mansion, it did so without all the facts.

    Posted by: Clarification Clarence | Apr 9, 2014 7:24:28 AM

  13. Not much difference between cnn and fox. CNN was afterall sponsor of the Tea Party debates.

    Posted by: Will D. | Apr 9, 2014 8:48:08 AM

  14. @Clarification Clarence
    You are not fooling anyone. I know that you are an anti-gay bigot.

    Posted by: elg | Apr 9, 2014 8:49:20 AM

  15. Mississippi? Mississippi? I've never been there and would never intentionally go there.
    Ever. I think most of America feels the same way. So what happens in Mississippi is of little consequence to the rest of the country. Arizona on the other hand... there's a lot of cool things in Arizona and I go there often. I did care about what the State of Arizona was doing politically, but I just can't get excited about prejudice and hatefulness comping from Mississippi, it's kind of their thing down there. It's what you expect from them. Alabama's the same way.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Apr 9, 2014 9:41:18 AM

  16. Dan Cobb: Well how nice for you! Unfortunately there are thousands of our gay brothers and sisters who live in Mississippi. They deserve our attention and our support. Living a fabulous life in states where it is easy to be out and proud is fine but don't snark at people who have to live in less comfortable places in the country. Shame on you!

    Posted by: Liam | Apr 9, 2014 10:54:52 AM

  17. This is off page 4, so my message will probably be seen by little, but regardless:

    This is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer; years ago people of all spectrum came from across the USA to Mississippi to register voters, educate those without it, and live, work, and die for change in Mississippi.

    Fifty years later you want to ignore us. And you say you care about America? If you're willing to say you don't care about us here in Mississippi then you're a part of the problem, and not the solution.

    I'd dare you to come here; I did.

    Posted by: Riada | Apr 9, 2014 3:17:50 PM

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