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American Family Association director Bryan Fischer is known for his rabidly, head-spinningly anti-gay conspiracy theories—none of which seem to get him booted from media Rolodexes, when they need someone from "the right" to say anti-gay things on television. He was on CNN just last week railing about Richard Grenell, the openly gay Romney adviser who had to resign from the Romney campaign due to those conservative attacks:
During the segment this morning, Fischer said, “you cannot separate religious liberty from the issue of the homosexual agenda. In fact, the homosexual agenda represents the single greatest threat to religious liberty and association in America today.” [...]
“My complaint about Governor Romney all the way along is not that he’s Mormon, but he’s not Mormon enough,” Fischer told Phillips. “The Mormon Church believes homosexual behavior is sinful and that homosexual acts are offensive to God. So the question that needs to be asked of Governor Romney, do you agree with the teaching of your Church? If you do — that homosexual acts are offensive to God — then why have you made the face of your campaign someone who engages in conduct that your own Church says is offensive to God?”
Wow, thanks, CNN. I'm really effing glad that a raging, bigoted nutcase can use your network brand to peddle his bigotries and hate speech against one random gay man on Mitt Romney's campaign staff. Good fucking show. What a credit to journalism you are.
I keep bringing this up, but when you ask for commentary from hateful jackass bigots, even knowing full well that they're going to use the airtime to be hateful jackass bigots, you own that. It's not enough for the host to push back gently on how gosh, that sure does sound a little controversial, Mr. Batshit Crazy Person. No. He's still in your rolodex because, apparently, you want him to come on your show and say that stuff.
Bryan Fischer isn't some conspiracy-mongering nobody having fever dreams about ammo-hoarding and the national security dangers of Teh Gays. I wish he was, but he's not. He gets to go on CNN and attack people. He gets to attack Romney campaign staffers for their suspicious, suspicious homosexuality, and Mitt Romney's campaign has to pander to these clowns by pulling said controversial gay guy from public view. This crackpot conspiracy theorizing is recognized by both media and campaigns alike as the "base" of the Republican Party. CNN treats it as legitimate, and legitimizes those views in front of the nation. Mitt Romney then has to cower to those views, because he is a spineless halfwit whose entire campaign hinges on not pissing these conspiracy theorists off.