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Facts can expand so quickly on the web, and I sometimes forget to search for the latest information on a given controversy when drafting blog posts, that practically as soon as I publish something, the facts change soon thereafter, forcing me to write follow ups. On my blog the Petrelis Files over the weekend I addressed the big gay news story of last week.
Sadly, while FOX news' coverage of Mehlman's coming out needed an update, HRC and the Task Force's record stayed the same. Here's what I had originally:
Let's chalk it up to Gay Inc again failing to lead, refusing to participate in a public discussion and join with the rest of the community in debating the many ramifications of former Republican Party homo honcho Ken Mehlman stating the obvious and declaring his gayness in the media last week.
No matter how you slice Mehlman smashing his glass closet door finally, it was big news for us gays, many news outlets and the larger American political scene. Well, that ain't the full truth. Mehlman's self-outing was not news of any sort over at the Fox News operation. From an analysis prepared by Think Progress:
[A]fter the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder reported that former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman -- who had orchestrated President Bush's gay-bating 2004 re-election campaign -- was coming out as gay, Fox News Channel remained [...] mum and as of this posting has yet to run a single segment on the story.
A Wonk Room review of Critical Mention reveals that CNN mentioned the name "Mehlman" 19 times, MSNBC reported on it 12 times (searches for "gay" and "Ken" produced similar results, with Fox News stuck at 0).
My review of how many times the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (follow the links), the nation's two largest and richest profession political orgs, reveals that neither has mentioned the name "Mehlman" once on their sites, relevant to his gayness.
NGLTF's column The Latest was update on August 20 and pushes action on, yawn, ENDA, which isn't going anywhere. The HRC folks last week kicked, yawn again, the very minor political National Organization for Marriage.
I'm not saying Gay Inc needs to show outing and accountability leadership, as finely displayed by blogger/advocate Mike Rogers in 2004 when he outed Mehlman, but when the political discourse is raging with opinions and facts and some mistruths, all pertaining to the Gay Agenda, yes, I expect the two richest gay political orgs to weigh in on it all.
And Gay Inc could also explain how their resistance to, or support of, or occasionally tolerance of when it suits their Democratic Party allegiances, and now silence over Mehlman, is advancing changes at the federal level. For the millions HRC and NGLTF rake in annually to be our, um, spokespeople, I expect some words to flow from the orgs.
The silence of HRC and NGLTF with Mehlman is more of the same disgusting and harmful non-engagement wired into the DNA of the orgs.
Within two hours of noting what Fox, HRC and NGLTF had in common on this score, I was forced to run another post with additional facts that make things looks even worse for the gay orgs:
So, I'm human and forgot to Google for an update to the Think Progress report on Ken Mehlman-is-gay mentions on the Fox News channel. The latest scoop comes from Mediaite:
This was covered rather extensively by the cable news outlets, save one notable exception - Fox News only covered the story once, during the end of Bret Baier's show Friday evening. However, this contradicts reports in Think Progress and Politico, that incorrectly claimed that Fox News has completely ignored the story. [...]
Update: Johnny Dollar points out that this story was also covered during the GrapeVine segment of Special Report
Update #2: Yahoo's Michael Calderone points out that Bret Baier's mention aired after the Politico and ThinkProgress pieces had been posted, thereby making them correct at the time.
Let the record show that Faux News has twice made passing reference to Mehlman's coming out, and the Human Rights Charade and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Farce equal zero mentions on their lame-ass sites.
And the gay tribal beat goes on . . . La de da de de, la de da de da.
Is it asking too much of our national political groups to have a few things to say about the biggest gay news of last week?