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04/19/2007


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 road NPR on its recent canning of Juan Williams: “He had several times in the past violated our news code of ethics with things that he had said on other people’s air.”

Cc  road For whatever reason, Glee's Chris Colfer doesn't come across as narcissistic with this statement: "If somebody had to be a role model, I think I'm a good candidate, in the sense that I really don't do anything obviously stupid or wrong, and I'm pretty smart with my judgments."

 road Rick Sanchez lives to tweet again.

 road The NY Times reports on why the creators of South Park plagiarized jokes on this week's episode: "When Mr. Parker and Mr. Stone could not find a movie theater showing 'Inception,' and were unable to get a DVD of the film (or find a watchable version on BitTorrent), they turned to other parodies of the film on the Web, and found the CollegeHumor video." Still sounds fishy to me.

 road A whole lotta green eggs and ham: The 19-page manuscript of a previously unpublished Dr. Seuss manuscript is sold at auction for a cool $34,000.

 road Prosecutors in Vancouver want a man accused of attacking a 62-year-old at a gay bar charged with a hate crime. The victim was left with permanent brain damage.

 road Anti-gay comments spark mass exodus from Finnish church: "The number leaving increased sharply on 12 October following the broadcast of a debate programme focused on gay rights on Network 2 of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). By Monday 18 October, more than 24,000 people had left Finland’s Evangelical-Lutheran and Orthodox Churches."

Weather  road Weather forecast for some red states is a giant hovering red penis.

 road Katy Perry and Russell brand got hitched.

 road Calvin Kelin ads can't seem to stay away from controversy.

 road The video game Fable III is about to become very gay-friendly: "We don't require you to be of a certain type to get married," said Peter Molyneux, creative director at Microsoft Game Studios Europe. "You can be gay. You can be bisexual. You can get married as many times as you like. It's up to you. My fascination is with what that means to people. It means they can be who they are rather than who I require them to be."

 road The digital age has officially killed the Sony Walkman.

 road Shark attack that killed a 19-year-old in California was most likely involved a Great White.


Homophobic NPR Helps Closeted Political Hypocrites Stay Closeted

One of the main points in Kirby Dick's new documentary Outrage, which exposes closeted politicians with hypocritical voting records, is that the media for many years has been complicit in stoking that hypocrisy by refusing to report on it.

Outrage_2 Which makes National Public Radio's censoring of names from a review of the film by Nathan Lee all the more disgusting. NPR "trimmed the review" according to Indiewire, cutting mention of those named in the film, without telling the writer they were doing so.

Said NPR’s executive director of Digital Dick Meyer to Indiewire: “NPR has a long-held policy of trying to respect the privacy of public figures and of not airing or publishing rumors, allegations and reports about their private lives unless there is a compelling reason to do so. This may be considered old-fashioned by some, but it is a policy we value and respect. We neglected to inform the author of the ‘Outrage’ review about this policy when the piece was commissioned, a simple oversight we regret...Only an overriding public need to know can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.”

Mike Signorile notes: "This is the same idiotic behavior we've seen coming from many in the media for 20 years on this issue. It's encouraging that some news outlets have moved on it -- the LA Times, Philly Inquirer and others reported on those discussed in the film -- but it's pathetic that some just can't seem to break out of their rigid and ultimately biased thinking. By not discussing the names of those in the film, NPR is most certainly passing judgment on homosexuality, on the filmmaker and on the public figures involved -- deeming that, if they have secret gay lives, it is the most horrible thing imaginable. They are also deciding to suppress legitimate news because of that distaste and bias."

Lambertkiss And Movieline responds to NPR's statement: "We love blanket statements like those, because they’re so easy to disprove! Naturally, we found plenty of evidence that NPR is willing to speculate on the sexuality of public figures — especially when those figures are entertainers instead of influential Republican politicians. In the last month, NPR was all too happy to run an editorial about the sexuality of American Idol frontrunner Adam Lambert, wherein writer Linda Holmes snarks on the media outlets that are reticent to fully acknowledge what she presumes is Lambert’s homosexuality. And this past November, after comedian Wanda Sykes came out as a lesbian at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas, NPR spent minutes of airtime discussing whether it would lead Queen Latifah (who’s never publicly stated that she is a lesbian) to do the same."

In related news, former LOGO News host Jason Bellini interviewed Outrage director Kirby Dick for The Daily Beast. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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