I’m not sure what to make of this clip. CNN’s Rick Sanchez and L.A. journalist Lisa Bloom discuss the murder of WABC radio news host George Weber. The New York journalist was murdered this past weekend by a man he met through Craigslist.
It seems to me that Sanchez and Bloom veer from the facts to revel in the salaciousness of the story, seemingly appalled by the victim’s behavior to “find companionship.” Ostensibly, the interview is about social media. However, the focus of the discussion seems to be on the victim’s poor judgment and their disbelief that he met his killer on the internet. The tenor of the discussion reveals some homophobia. Would the journalists have been as appalled if the victim and the murderer were straight?
Sanchez: “Are you kidding me? He invited somebody to his house who had a picture of himself holding knives to his throat?”
Bloom: “He didn’t deserve this horrific outcome, but it was terrible judgment on his part.”
If this ain’t reporters simply gossiping, I don’t know what is.
Filed under: homophobia, media, craigslist, george weber, homophobia, lisa bloom, rick sanchez
In 77 countries around the world, it is legal to sentence death to a gay or lesbian person.
Yesterday, Obama’s administration signed a U.N. declaration calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality around the world. The move is notable for the fact that it is exactly the opposite of the Bush administration stance, who refused to sign on to the same declaration in December and reinforcing the U.S. lack of support for international GLBT rights. Well, this has all changed. In the clip above, one of my favorite talk show hosts, Rachel Maddow, notes that Obama’s support means that “it is OK to have the Gays.”
President Obama has made another sure sign of his support for GLBT equality. Now comes the hard part: convincing citizens on the domestic front to support home-grown issues of federal marriage equality, repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and unjust bans on adoption for gay families in places like Arkansas.
Filed under: gay rights, global justice, government, gay rights, obama, united nations
In visits to Cameroon and Angola this week, Pope Benedict says that condoms could only make the HIV/AIDS crisis worse. The Vatican is pushing abstinence and monogamy to fight AIDS in Africa–rather than condom use–as did the Bush administration.
Twenty-two million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. As reported by CNN, there is also a significant rise in converts to Catholicism. Therefore, the Pope’s comments are of critical importance to the millions of congregants on the continent.
Is this debate merely a question of the best route to HIV/AIDS prevention? What role does religion play in establishing governmental policies? How do the words of one man–granted, an important man–play in the individual decisions of others?
Filed under: africa, religion, africa, AIDS, Bush, catholicism, condom, pope, prevention