Topic: Media Research Center
As NewsBusters has already shown this week, the Media Research Center doesn't like it when gays are portrayed in the media as anything other than leading deviant, sinful lifestyles. The MRC served up a big taste of that last week by attacking TV networks for depicting them at all.
An Aug. 4 MRC Culture & Media Institute article by Paul Wilson complained about the "he disproportionate airtime" given to "gay characters and issues." Wilson railed against "the mistaken notion that homosexuality is widespread in America" and whined that "the near-ubiquity of homosexual characters on television flies in the face of demographic reality," since "the homosexual population in the United States is around 2 to 4 percent."
Wilson focused on the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's "Network Responsibility Index," which tracks appearances of LGBT characters on TV shows. Wilson huffed that GLAAD was "handing out the pats on the head" to networks for being "pro-homosexual," concluding, "So if it seems that you can't flip through the channels today without running across gay characters or story lines, you're right. You can't. And GLAAD's there to make sure of it." But Wilson offers no evidence that GLAAD "makes sure" gays are depicted on TV or punishes networks who don't.
In other words, just another anti-gay freakout from an organization prone to them.