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04/19/2007


NOM Chair: Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage Equality are 'Judicial Tyranny' -- VIDEO

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National Organization for Marriage Chairman John Eastman went on CNN's State of the Union yesterday morning to rant against--ahem, discuss--last week's Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality.  Suffice it to say, he is not happy:

Well, it is a state-by-state battle, and I think he had one aspect of the state-by-state battle that is legitimate, which is to try and persuade people to make this change through their legislatures.  But he had a threat behind that: if the legislatures don't do that, we're going to have the courts impose this on them whether the people want it or not.  

Earlier you said that 12 states had voted to change the definition of marriage.  Well that's not true.  Half of them have--less than half of them have; the others have had it imposed on them by the courts.  This question is clearly not answered in the Constitution of the United States, and we are manufacturing a right to redefine marriage and impose it no matter whether the state or the country wants to have that definition.  That's judicial tyranny.

For a law professor (he teaches at Chapman University School of Law), Eastman doesn't seem to have all that much respect for the judicial process.  

You can watch his full remarks to Candy Crowley, in all their glory, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Media Coverage Heavily Biased in Support of Gay Marriage: STUDY

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The heads at NOM will no doubt be exploding over a media content study by the Pew Research Center to be released today.

The NYT reports:

The researchers assessed a representative sample of mainstream coverage for two months this year, and found that many stories contained either a balanced mix of views or no views at all. But of the rest, roughly five times as many stories were weighted toward support for same-sex marriage as were weighted toward opposition.

“A story was deemed to be in support of or opposition to same-sex marriage if the statements expressing that view outnumbered opposing statements by at least 2-to-1,” the report stated.

It added, “The level of support conveyed in the news media examined here goes beyond the level seen in public opinion surveys.” The imbalance was evident both in reporting and in commentary, and on all three of the major cable news channels, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.


CNN, Buzzfeed, YouTube Join Forces to 'Listicle' the News: VIDEO

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CNN, Buzzfeed, and YouTube announced a collaboration today that will adapt CNN's video news content in the montage/listicle format you've come to associate with Buzzfeed, the WSJ reports:

BuzzFeed plans to tackle serious news events, initially intending to create around three videos a week for the channel, said Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed's chief operating officer.

Mr. Steinberg said BuzzFeed plans to invest a low "eight-digit sum" over two years to launch and build the platform.

The announcement marks BuzzFeed's latest effort to establish itself as a news source among 18-34 year olds, a demographic that advertisers are eager to reach through the Web. Earlier this month, BuzzFeed launched a business news site aimed at expanding its social-media reach to sites like LinkedIn.

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Glenn Beck: Wolf Blitzer's Question for Atheist Tornado Survivor Was a Plant — VIDEO

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Glenn Beck can spot a conspiracy from a mile away, and on his program last night the conservative pseudo-professor certainly delivered, claiming that an interview by CNN's Wolf Blitzer this week was the workings of a CNN producer "sympathetic to the atheist plight," Right Wing Watch reports.

The interview in question is from Tuesday, when Blitzer asked a woman who survived this week's massive tornado in Oklahoma, "Do you thank the Lord?"  In the interview, the woman laughed and responded disarmingly, "I'm actually an atheist," and the two shared a moment of awkward laughter.

To Beck, though, the question "just wasn't natural," and therefore must have been a plant by some producer who thought it was important "to point out that in the middle of the heartland, there are atheists there too."

Although Beck said the question "doesn't have to be nefarious," he went on to situate the interview as part of something much larger:

"We are not fighting against flesh and bone.  We are fighting the forces of spiritual darkness.  It doesn't matter what people's intent are.  I will tell you: that was there for a reason."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jon Stewart Continues His Mockery of CNN's Boston Coverage: VIDEO

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One segment (last week) wasn't enough to contain the manic, "sandlot football" reporting from CNN on the Boston bombers.

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Jon Stewart Lambasts CNN's 'Exclusive' Boston Bomber Reporting: VIDEO

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CNN's "exclusive" reporting on the alleged Boston bombing suspect was all over the map yesterday, and Jon Stewart really let them have it.

"It's 'exclusive' because it was completely f**king wrong."

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