Topic: Accuracy in Media
An April 7 Accuracy in Media column by Cliff Kincaid starts like this:
Bill Maher was fired by ABC for suggesting the 9/11 terrorists were brave, and the speculation on cable news is that Rosie O'Donnell might be fired by the network for a rambling monologue hinting that 9/11 was an inside job. Maher's comments can be explained by the fact that he is a pothead, but how does one explain O'Donnell? A comic-turned-commentator, she has no identifiable connection to the marijuana movement.
Kincaid goes on to claim that President Bush's "rather tame remarks" in support of traditional marriage and against gay marriage "are vile and hateful only from the point of view of someone who believes American society has been horribly oppressive." From there, he leaps to ... commies!
The sad fact is that homosexuals, by and large, are on the far-left fringes of American politics and many bear a grudge against a society that they feel has been discriminating against them. John Barron's classic book about the activities of the Soviet intelligence service, the KGB, noted that homosexuals were targeted for recruitment because many led secret lives and were susceptible to blackmail, but also because they were perceived to harbor ill will toward their government because of how shabbily they thought they had been treated. As such, they were considered ripe for picking to the anti-American cause. It is noteworthy that the founder of the gay rights movement, Harry Hay, was a Communist.
Kincaid then adds as a CYA measure: "There is absolutely no evidence of O'Donnell associating with communist causes. But her 9/11 comments suggest a view of the U.S. Government and its leaders as capable of any number of horrible crimes." You mean, like, say, torture?