Todd Starnes Throws a Tantrum Over CBS Labeling Tony Perkins an Anti-gay Hater: VIDEO


Fox News correspondent Todd Starnes wasn't at all pleased with Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer after the CBS moderator, while introducing FRC president Tony Perkins onto the show last Sunday, noted:

Perkins"Mr. Perkins, I'm going to say this to you up front. You and your group have been so strong in coming out against gay marriage that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anit-gay hate group. We have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because in their view you quote "don't speak for Christians.'"

In his daily "American Dispatch" segment a few days ago, Starnes fired back saying:

Now it would be easy to dismiss Mr. Schieffer's ignorance as nothing more than sloppy journalism. But we're not talking about a local cable access show. We're talking about Face the Nation. Tony Perkins is my friend. He is a good and decent and honorable man and he deserves better. 

By notifying viewers of Perkins and the FRC's hate group status, Schieffer was just doing his job and pointing out a simple truth. And we all know that type of journalistic credibility isn't tolerated over at Fox News.

Watch Starnes blow up over nothing, AFTER THE JUMP




  1. mickey says

    “He is a good and decent and honorable man and he deserves better”

    He sure the F@#$ is not and does not.

    Im getting real tired of the “freedumb” crowds attempt to the cast justified pushback and challenge as unbecoming and rabid persecution. Fact is they are trying to strip our freedom of Speech rights. Limiting our use of words like marriage and now crying foul at well deserved public labeling.

  2. Bill says

    If Perkins is “good and decent and honorable,”, why did he reply on that video by spouting a bald-faced lie about some baker who was fined for refusing to bake a cake, not for refusing to show up at a wedding and participate in it?

    One baker learned the hard way that telling a judge that your religious beliefs, that marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman, so you can’t bake a cake for a gay couple, will not be taken seriously when the other side produces evidence that you had no problem baking a cake for some guy who wanted a marriage ceremony for his dogs.

  3. OK DUDE says

    “He is a good and decent and honorable man and he deserves better.” So are many gay people, Todd.

    You should see the “Christian pity party” they are throwing over at this Todd Starnes dudes Facebook page. Vomit.

  4. Chrislam says

    The Bible spoke of Jonathan and David and the knitting of their souls together. When the Bible approves of gay marriage but you say you are against it despite the Bible saying the contrary then you are a bigot and a hater because that is your own personal beliefs Perkins….not the Bible.

  5. tim b says

    “You and your group have been so strong in coming out against gay marriage that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anit-gay hate group.”

    Someone should point out that it’s not their oppostion to marriage equality that landed the Tony and his minions on the SPLC hate group list. It makes me crazy when this mistake gets made. There are lots of groups strongly opposing gay marriage that aren’t on the SPLC list.

    From the SPLC’s web page on the FRC:

    “The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.”

    It’s not the opposition, it’s the animus. Schieffer missed the entire point.

  6. Bernie says

    There are no polite words to describe Mr. Starnes journalism style or really lack of…….And, again, calling Perkins anti-gay hater is just the TRUTH!! Both are vitriolic and rabid pit bulls of anti-gay rhetoric! Mr. Schieffer should be commended in challenging Perkins…..

  7. patsy says

    Starnes expressly says the SPLC used “discredited intelligence” in assigning the FRC hate-group status.

    Can anyone PLEASE point me to a source for this? What person or body has supposedly discredited the SPLC’s work here. Thx.

  8. northalabama says

    i applaud schieffer for having the decency few other reporters have shown. he was not biased, and didn’t participate in character assassination, slander, persecution, or an attack on the guest, the group, or any religion. it was a statement of truth presented to the guest, after which the guest was given an opportunity to respond.

    if perkins or the group he represents cannot handle a question, or stand up to criticism, they have a more serious issue than any host or talk show. thanks to faux news and starnes for again pointing to the disgusting record of the group and its most visible face, maybe your viewers will research a little further and reject these hate mongers who continue to abuse their religion for evil purposes.

  9. woodroad34 says

    There are specific reason Perkin’s group is a hate group and they are just vague ever changing rules like the bible; it’s kind of like the sky is blue and the grass is green. Religion is akin to alcoholism–alcoholics try to bend reality to fit them instead of the other way around.

  10. Vint says

    I’m with Tim B. What should have been said was,

    “You and your group have been so deceptive and misleading in your campaign against marriage equality that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group. You are clearly motivated by animus rather than fact; by anti-gay hatred rather than an abstract concern for ‘family’.”

  11. TampaZeke says

    Scheiffer got one thing wrong. Perkins was a rabidly anti-gay hate mongerer LONG before the marriage equality fight began. The SPLC based their hate group designation on his life-time of anti-gay hate.

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