Enlightened self-interest and the 'liberal' mediaDennis, over at The Moderate Republican wonders about recent actions by ABC. It decided to run an ad by the nominally religious right-wing Focus on the Family, run by the country's self-appointed moralized-in-chief James Dobson. Yet the Disney-owned network rejected an ad by the United Church for Christ, a Protestant denomination that showed different types of people were welcomed in their churches, including gays. ABC claimed the ad was "too controversial."
Now it makes you wonder why they would run propaganda by gay-baiting Dobson's group but refuse to run a rather milquetoast ad promoting tolerance.
As a supposed pillar of the 'liberal media,' shouldn't they have been expected to do the opposite?
Or perhaps the member of the CORPORATE media is simply acting in defense of their bottom line. If they'd run the 'gays are decent humans too' ad, ABC would've been savaged by Dobson and his ilk.
The Theocracy Brigade is far more vocal than progressives or, in Dennis' case, even moderate Republicans. In that sense, they are far more politically astute; as we can see, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. And the Theocracy Brigade squeaks more often and more loudly than anyone.
In that sense, Dennis hits the nail on the head.
I think it's high time that we not only condemn a network like ABC for this act of hypocr[i]cy, but that we find ways of punishing them as well.
If enough open minded people make a stink about ABC's craven decision, perhaps the network will find that pandering to bigotry is not in their financial interests.