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October 14, 2004

"I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney's daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she's being who she was, she's being who she was born as."

That's a quote from John Kerry from last night's presidential debate. Conservatives operatives are faking shock and outrage over it, as though Kerry was telling the nation smutty secrets about Mary Cheney's sex life. Of course, this says more about conservatives than it does about Mary Cheney or John Kerry; they think that simply being gay is a dirty, dirty thing.

Liberals are defending Kerry's comment by citing this conservative prejudice and prudery, and saying that since the question was about gays that Kerry had every right to mention Mary Cheney. Which is true, but I think liberals are intentionally missing the point as well.

There are only three reasons that Kerry would have brought up Mary Cheney's name, out of the millions of American gays.

1) He wanted to make the Republicans look hypocritical. "The Republicans are anti-gay yet some of them are gay?"

2) He wanted to make Republicans look anti-family. "Cheney's anti-gay even though his own daughter is gay? What a horrible father!"

3) He was pandering to homophobes. "Cheney's daughter is a dyke? I don't know if I can vote for him now."

I'd guess that it's a little of all three, but mostly #3.

If it's wrong for Republicans to pander to racists (via coded language), it's just as wrong for Democrats to pander to homophobes. End of story.

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I don't think it's that simple--the homophobes aren't going to vote for Kerry because he expressed support for partnership rights and because he seems to get that gays are human. But yes, it was an effort to scare away the wingnut Christians. But fuck 'em, I say. He's exposing Cheney's hypocrisy to them as much as anything else.

Usually, I think Andrew Sullivan is a turd and I like to make fun of him. On the subject of gay marriage and being out, he's usually right, though. And he addresses this: http://www.andrewsullivan.com/index.php?dish_inc=archives/2004_10_10_dish_archive.html#109772902826376794

Posted by: Amanda at October 14, 2004 02:54 PM

You really think Kerry was trying to get homophobes to not vote for Cheney?

I think that's insane.

Posted by: John at October 14, 2004 04:00 PM

i agree with john on this one. maybe you have actually surpassed me on the scale-o-cynicism.

Posted by: kittie at October 14, 2004 08:37 PM

I agree. I think you are reaching out for this one Jake.

This is still a ploy to take away from the fact Bush said he wasnt concerned bout the guy (who supposedly) masterminded the 9/11.

Posted by: Brian at October 14, 2004 09:19 PM

Where do you come up with such silly logic? NO POSSIBLE WAY would he pander to homohobes. The haters love Bush, that's his base: people who hate anyone different, anyone who disagrees with them, anyone who thinks the war is wrong. Bush IS Hate. End of story.

Posted by: SaybyebyeGeorge at October 15, 2004 08:54 AM

Hah, holy shit, make one judgement that people don't agree with and the whole thing goes to shit. Let's fight the person who's actually on the wrong side. Let me give you a hint. It isn't Jake. Duh.

Posted by: Alyssa at October 15, 2004 05:53 PM

And besides guys, the election is so tight this year that the candidates went grabbing for the Amish vote. Seriously. It's really not that far of a stretch to be trying to grab for votes that weren't necessarily expected. I mean I think it's less plausible that Kerry just said "okay guys, let's just try to get urban votes this year". I'm sure he was trying to pander to any vote he could get.......okay, the end for real this time.

Posted by: Alyssa at October 15, 2004 05:58 PM

This may be naive, but I honestly feel Kerry responded to a direct question about his opinion of sexual orientation with thoughtful and sensitive comments which related to the most famous gay person in the country, Mary Cheney. Kerry said that if she were asked the same question, she would undoubtedly say she was being who she was; who she was born as. These are facts, which no amount of GOP diversion tactics can spin. It seems far more plausible that the hypocritical outrage and offense from the Cheneys is little more than an obvious attempt to distract from the Presidents' incredulous lie about his previous bin Laden statements. How pathetic and transparent can you get?

Posted by: jr at October 19, 2004 02:08 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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