September 2011


The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has named Fox the most  LGBT -inclusive  broadcast network in its 16th annual “Where We Are on TV” report, which charts the number of LGBT characters in scripted, primetime programming across broadcast and cable networks.

Fox dethroned longtime leader ABC with 6.8% of it’s series regulars being  portrayed as lesbian, gay,bi-sexual or transgender.

  • Fox leads the other broadcast networks  with 8 LGBT characters out of 117 total series regular characters; the highest number of LGBT characters of any broadcast network for the 2010-2011 season.
  • ABC is not in the lead for the first time in six years, and has significantly dropped in its percentage of regular LGBT characters, from 7.2% in 2010 to 3.4% for the upcoming season.
  • NBC is in decline for the third year in a row, and will feature three (1.9%) regular LGBT characters out of 154
  • The CW has also taken a step back, and will feature only one LGBT series regular characters out of 67 (1.5%).
  • CBS remains in last place for the fourth year in a row. Out of 134 series regular characters, only one will be LGBT (0.7%), but the network will include several LGBT recurring characters.
Not surprisingly HBO led the cable networks in being LGBT  friendly.
  • For the second year in a row, HBO features the greatest number of LGBT characters on cable with 11; seven of which are series regulars.
  • Also making a significant contribution to the count are Showtime with ten characters, ABC Family, FX and TeenNick with four characters each, and TNT and BBC America with three.
  • For the second year in a row, HBO’s True Blood is one of the most LGBT inclusive programs on television with six characters and is tied this year with the Showtime series Shameless.
Fox’s rise might shock some who align the network with it’s conservative cable news sister Fox News, but for those that have been watching Fox’s primetime programming over the years have noticed the gradual creep of LGBT characters and references over the years in an effort to deflect criticism from the powerful gay lobby.
LGBT infused shows and characters are here to stay and if you are uncomfortable with this trend then turn off the television and read a book or spend some time with your family.  It’s better for you anyway.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) denied that she has complained about Barack Obama  and she has actually been working  for him.

Waters appeared on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and was asked about her complaining at town halls in August to which she shook her head and Told Blitzer that “i don’t complain, I work.”

Blitzer kept pressing Waters and she admitted that she didn’t know who Obama was talking t on Saturday night at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner when he told the audience to stop complaining, grumbling and whining and get in line behind him.

Waters did admit that Obama hasn’t focused on black unemployment and predicted that it will rise from the current 16.7% to 20% but that she will continue to support the American jobs act and the president.

Obama’s remarks have come under some scrutiny because he severely scolded the black community and with the exception of Waters no one complained that he was treating the CBC like a bunch of children that should just listen to their parents and not question authority.

As for Waters’ denying that she didn’t complain about Obama she must have forgotten that she accused the president of paying more attention to electoral votes in Iowa than the plight of unemployed blacks in August.  I guess that was then and this is now.

Speaking at a New York fundraiser President Obama channeled Sarah Palin when he used her ‘hopeychangey” phrase.

All that hopey changey stuff, as they say? That was real. It wasn’t something …it was real, you could feel it. You know it. It’s still there. Even in the midst of this hardship. But it’s hard. When I was in Grant Park that night, I warned everybody this was going to be hard, this wasn’t the end it was the beginning.

Nice try Mr. President.  After campaigning on hope and change and raising the expectations that he would restore economic prosperity and jobs to a nation mired in a recession little has changed.

Now even fellow Democrats are grumbling that Obama has largely failed the base and that with his plummeting ratings and an economy stuck in the mud his prospects for reelection are dimming by the day.

By mocking Palin Obama has proven that he has failed in his campaign promise and is now telling voters that it will take awhile before they see any real hope and change.

They may prove him right next year by voting to change the occupant in the White House.

 

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)   who had plenty to say  about Fox News and the Tea Party during the August Congressional recess was strangely silent when confronted by Jesse Watters of the O’Reilly Factor.

 

Could it be that Waters actually couldn’t back her her statements that Fox News lies  and why she really thinks the Tea Party should go to hell?

This may be the first time Waters was actually speechless.

Say it ain’t so Maxine.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver exposed the racism of the Congressional Black Caucus when he said they would “probably be marching on the White House” if Obama wasn’t the president.

Cleaver issued his comments Sunday in the Miami Herald:

“If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House,” Cleaver said. “There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”

The 43 members of the CBC are concerned that Obama isn’t doing enough to help solve the rampant unemployment in the black community which was 16.7% in August and is at the highest level it has been since 1984.

Rather though that target Obama some members of the caucus have turned their ire towards the Tea Party with Rep. Maxine Waters leading the way.

Waters told attendees at one of her summer district meetings that the Tea Party “can go straight to hell” while Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) said they they were trying to hold Congress “hostage.”

If anyone is holding Congress hostage it’s the Congressional Black Caucus which rather than facing the real problem is making the Tea Party the scapegoats for their own inability to do so.

 

 

Prepared remarks given by Accuracy in Media Chairman Don Irvine at Accuracy in Academia Constitution Day event.

This is a very special week in America beginning with the 10th anniversary of 9/11yesterday and ending on Saturday with the 224th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Tonight we are here to talk about the Tea Party and the Constitution.

As you know, there’s a big difference between those who just complain about a problem and those who do something about it.  More than 40 years ago, my father Reed Irvine made a bold move.  He got so sick of all the biased media coverage that he decided to stand up toAmerica’s biggest and most powerful media companies and tell them they were wrong.  In 1969 he launchedAccuracy in Media– the country’s first grassroots effort to counter media bias with the facts.

The Big Media journalists were horrified.  They shuddered to think that someone was looking over their shoulder to hold them accountable for their news product, and predicted he’d be out of business in a couple of years. They made no secret of the fact that they viewed him as a hack and a gadfly, who lacked the authority to critique their work, because he wasn’t even a JOURNALIST. In today’s environment, he might even be called a “terrorist” and probably a “racist” too – simply because he wanted the media to tell the truth.

In fact, in June 1978 the former executive editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee got so disgusted with my father that he sent him a letter, calling him “a miserable, carping, retromingent vigilante.”  The word retromingent by the way means to urinate backwards.  Think about that.  I wonder how long it took Bradlee to find that word.

My dad viewed this name-calling as a badge of honor.  He knew he had gotten their attention. He was a lot like all of you here today.  He NEVER quit.  He just became more determined. And the more he stood up for mainstreamAmerica’s right to know the truth, the more his work attracted legions of supporters who cheered him on every step of the way.

He was Tea Partier long before we had a modern day Tea Party Movement.  I think the same can be said of many of the early  conservative leaders of that era like Phyllis Schlafly and Paul Weyrich.  All  of whom took an idea and at great personal sacrifice took on the liberal establishment to create some of the linchpin organizations of the modern conservative movement.

Our elected officials and their lapdogs in the press are trying to dismiss the Tea Party movement’s effectiveness with a name-calling campaign.  They resent the public challenging their “wisdom,” and believe they are powerful enough to ignore the will of their constituents. But this campaign is not working.

After all, you and I know that the real power of America still lies with individual citizens who – time after time – have stood up for the principles and values upon which this country was founded – and who are not afraid to speak truth to power in order to protect America’s freedom.

Let me close with the words of Ronald Reagan in his farewell address:

We the people tell the government what to do.

It doesn’t tell us.

We the people are the driver, the government is the car.

And we decide where it should go, and by what route and how fast.

Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents of which governments tell the people what their privileges are>

Our constitution is a document in which we the people tell the government what it is allowed to do.

We the people are free.

Thank you.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)  and her fellow Democrats have quietly dropped the word “stimulus” from their vocabulary.

Pelosi apparently feels the word has gone from being an asset to the party to nothing less than toxic as evidence has mounted that talking about the stimulus only raises voters ire and hurts the party.

Even though the Democrats haven’t stopped working on an economic stimulus agenda, they have changed the terminology to use the words “job creation” rather than stimulus in an effort to distance themselves from the negative connotation the word has engendered in the last couple of years.

According to The Hill Pelosi’s office issued more than 80 “fact sheets” highlighting media reports about local projects the stimulus law was supporting.

In December one month after the Democrats were swept out of power in the House the stimulus releases stopped.

The Democrats confidence in the nearly $800 billion stimulus package was high indeed, but as evidence surfaced of just how much taxpayers were paying to create new jobs and the limited boost the package gave to the economy touting  it became an albatross around their necks.

It doesn’t really matter what the Democrats want to call their economic stimulus package.  It’s still the same plan just worded differently. Call it a brand makeover.  Same stuff, new packaging.

But the voters should be able to see right through this Democratic ploy which is comparable to putting perfume on a pig.

 

The much anticipated debate between Republican presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Rick Perry (and a few others)  took place last night and the results were largely as expected with the two top nominees duking it out leaving the other candidates fighting for their table scraps.

Romney who is more experienced in the debate arena than Perry as a result of his presidential run in 2008 held his own and didn’t make any major mistakes though his answer to a question on whether or not he was a member of the Tea Party was a cop out.

Perry who will probably get better as time goes by disappointed the liberal media with a solid performance and not coming off as a country bumpkin though his calling of Social Security a Ponzi scheme will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows in states like Florida with a large senior citizen population.

Ron Paul showed that he deserves to be a part of the conversation if for nothing more than he knows Rick Perry better than anyone else in the GOP field and isn’t afraid to go on the offensive against the current front runner.

Michele Bachmann who won the Ames, Iowa straw poll appeared to be lost as she tried to find the voice that made her a media phenom earlier in the campaign and stumbled badly when asked a question about illegal immigration.

Jon Huntsman only enhanced his RINO credentials when he went criticized the other candidates for refusing to recognize global warming as a threat and supporting the theory of evolution.  He also said a conservative candidate couldn’t win the presidency which should signal the end of his campaign but probably won’t just yet.

Newt Gingrich probably got in one of the best lines of the night when he accused the moderator, John Harris of Politico of ” trying to get Republicans to fight with each other,” with his line of questioning.  But overall Gingrich showed he is still a policy wonk at heart who sounds good but puts everyone to sleep.

Herman Cain who has been wowing crowds with his speeches but has polled poorly didn’t do much to rise above the rest of the field and may have hurt his chances when he said that we need to fix FEMA and TSA rather than abolish them or use a free market solution.  That’ s all we need is to keep throwing more good money after bad.

Rick Santorum looked very concerned, worried or constipated and didn’t do anything to improve his chances of winning the nomination and makes me wonder why he is in the race except to feed his own ego.  Then again the same can probably be said of many of the candidates.

With several more debates scheduled it might be nice to have an American Idol elimination vote so that we can narrow the field and get to some more serious discussion of the issues rather than this merry-go-round format that is necessitated by a bloated field.

In the end the debates might give voters a clearer view of who they will want to support but the eventual nominee will still have to win the primaries next year and what they said last night might easily be forgotten in a few months when the real battle begins.

As a child returning to school in the fall I was often asked to write about what I did on my summer vacation.  If someone asked Jesse Jackson what he did this summer would he admit to spending part of his time at a town hall meeting race baiting his audience?  I doubt it.

Jackson:  And just call them Tea Party. This is the Fort Sumter Tea Party, as distinguished from the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party led the revolution against the corrupt occupying force from Britain. This—in this—this is in the lineage of Jeff Davis, of Robert E. Lee

Their first obsession is destroy the captain of the ship. If he said “Jump,” they say “No, Jump.” The first deal is to destroy the captain. They want to protect those on the deck. More and more of us are in the hull of that ship. And I would urge you tonight my friends to note that this is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The states’ rights group, they intend to take back the government and then take it back …. I would urge us don’t reduce this just to so-called “small group”—this is a struggle—this is a Civil War struggle. Are you with the Union or are you with the states’ rightists?

They want to undermine the 13th, 14th, 15th amendment. This is very serious. Remember on that Capitol, I said “We ain’t going back, surround”—say go—say go to Washington, surround the Capitol, demand jobs, demand the vote, protect it, now mass march on Washington for jobs and justice. Now.

 

Since Jackson is attacking the Tea Party and playing the race card his remarks will go largely unnoticed by the mainstream media because challenging Jackson would be politically incorrect and as far as the media is concerned a black person can’t be racist.

This isn’t exactly the civil tone that Obama was hoping for when he took office though he was directing his comments at the time to Republicans and not his fellow liberal Democrats whom he felt were guiltless of any rancor.

 

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)  appearing on Meet the Press called for President Obama to announce a bold jobs program this week to the tune of $1 trillion.

 

What’s a trillion when you are trying to get people back to work before the 2012 elections?

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