CNS Fights Conservatives' Reduced LGBT Hate
CNSNews.com and its LGBT-hating managing editor have been lashing out at a popular conservative conference and even the Republican Party itself for not banning gays and atheists.
By Terry Krepel
Michael W. Chapman
A Feb. 23 article by Craig Bannister complained that "Log Cabin Republicans, which bills itself as 'the nation’s largest Republican organization dedicated to representing LGBT conservatives and allies,' will exhibit at this week’s 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)." The next day, managing editor Michael W. Chapman hectored CPAC for allowing -- gasp! -- atheists to take part, launching into a petulant lecture:
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which occurs annually, bills itself as the “largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world.” Yet one of the exhibitors at this year’s conference in Orlando, Fla., is Atheists for Liberty, a group that rejects God and His permanent moral order, the natural law, which are fundamental to conservatism.
Chapman's boss, Bozell, also lashed out at an atheist group being invited to CPAC in 2014.
After the conference ended, Chapman attacked CPAC again for giving an award to an "openly gay" man. And he was in a complaining mood once more, going on to rant about how Trump didn't hate gay people enough as much as he does:
Although CPAC is the "conservative" action conference, it does not hesitate to recognize and promote homosexuality. In addition to honoring Scott Presler, CPAC, as it has done for many years, permitted the Log Cabin Republicans to exhibit their materials at the conference.
Given Chapman's well-established record of using his CNS "news" platform to spew hate at the LGBT community, it's not a surprise to learn that CNS previously attacked Grenell. It had originally stayed mostly silent when Trump had earlier named Grenell to be ambassador to Germany, even though their Media Research Center colleague, Dan Gainor, helped get Grenell ousted from his position as a spokesman for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign after declaring that having a spokesman who's gay was "not conservative." It wasn't until Grenell, while still ambassador, was made the leader of a planned Trump administration effort to decriminalize homosexuality in other countries that CNS made note of Grenell's sexuality, pointing out that he was "the highest profile openly gay person in the Trump administration."
ConWebWatch has noted how CNS also repeatedly bashed Bumatay for failing to be heterosexual upon his nomination as a judge. in a January 2020 article, the anonymous writer was still complaining about Bumatay's nomination, fuming that he "introduced his same-sex husband and their twin baby daughters when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing" three months earlier.
Nearly a week after the conference ended, Chapman served up one more attack, featuring in a March 5 article how "During a breakout session at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 27, pro-life activist Abby Johnson chastised the event for doing little to promote conservatism's inherent ties to religious faith, for not defending traditional marriage, and for permitting morally subversive groups like the Log Cabin Republicans and Atheists for Liberty to exhibit at the conference."
With the summer edition of CPAC in July, it was outraged again. An anonymous CNS writer complained in a July 10 article:
The 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, which is being held this weekend in Dallas, Texas, will feature two speakers who are self-professed gays.
The anonymous writer never explained why Grenell's and Bruce's appearances were problematic beyond singling out their sexual orientation, though the headline of the article put "Conservative Political Action Conference" in scare quotes without further explanation.
The only coverage CNS gave the actual CPAC itself was for Donald Trump's speech, which somehow warranted two articles from Susan Jones:
Neither Jones article noted what actual news outlets did: that Trump repeated his usual false and never-proven claims that the presidential election was stolen from him.
GOP Pride Coalition meltdown
CPAC wasn't the only conservative group CNS was lashing out at for refusing to hate LGBT people to its satisfaction -- it got mad that this failure to hate has crept into the Republican Party itself. A Nov. 8 article by Megan Williams started off innocuously:
The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced its partnership with the Log Cabin Republicans at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort this weekend, creating its first “Pride Coalition,” which will invest in and mobilize LGBTQ+ communities ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Fox News reported.
Williams balanced that with a couple right-wing gay-haters:
However, some conservatives have expressed their disagreement with the RNC’s new partnership.
Walsh was touted by the MRC when he pretended to move to a county in Virginia for the expressed purpose of spewing anti-LGBT hate at members of the local school board.
By the end of her article, though, Williams had gone into full hate-editorial mode:
Other conservatives have often explained that there is no such thing as a “gay conservative,” because homosexual behavior is contrary to Nature and the natural law, which follows God’s design in the physical world. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27)
This got the attention of the powers that be at CNS. In response, it published a Nov. 11 column by the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins attacking the party for creating the coalition while pretending he's not as homophobic as he actually is:
A good number of people, myself included, have no problem if people who identify as gay or lesbian want to join the Republican Party. What we object to is RNC leaders hanging a flashing neon sign over the entrance saying, "We support the LGBT cause," because we don't. The GOP platform made that abundantly clear in 2016 and again in 2020. And if prominent Republicans who live that lifestyle are saying "we're not going to make sexual orientation be the be-all, end-all, center of everything that we do," then what exactly is the point of this PR campaign? Certainly not to endear the RNC to parents, the GOP's greatest new ally, or longtime conservatives, who've been fighting for decades to keep this extremism at bay.
That was quickly followed by an article from Chapman rehashing Perkins' column and throwing in some additional hate from Walsh and bashing an openly gay GOP player:
Responding to gay Republican Richard Grenell, a former top Trump administration official who attended the Log Cabin gala, Walsh tweeted, "I’m not going to ask permission privately before stating my opinion. I think 'gay pride' is leftist sexual identity politics bulls**t and has no place in any conservatism I recognize. It also won’t succeed in attracting the voters you’re going after. But don’t let that stop you."
Chapman failed to disclose that his boss, CNS editor Terry Jeffrey, worked for Buchanan's presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1996.