Brent Bozell

Perhaps the most blatant pro-gay bias comes in the absolutely undisturbed celebration of Rosie O'Donnell, that pitiful figure who no longer has a career outside of gay activism. The media not only grant her the right to "marry," they've granted her the right to sound like a complete nitwit on television without rebuttal.

In what seems like the seventeenth "exclusive interview" with ABC, O'Donnell proclaimed on "Good Morning America" that "I think the actions of the president, which are, you know, in my opinion, the most vile and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president, in my opinion."

This was a taped interview, where Diane Sawyer didn't so much ask questions on camera as helpfully set up Rosie's pronunciamentos. So it's additionally sad that ABC "News" didn't take the time to scan what President Bush actually said in the White House on Feb. 24 that was so "vile and hateful."

Bush never said -- gasp! -- that homosexuality was an unacceptable lifestyle choice or a path that separates a person from God. He didn't even call gay-agenda pushers "liberals." The harshest thing he said was that "Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society."

Bush's speechwriters brought out rhetorical Hi-Liters to underscore their almost exhibitionistic civility: "Our government should respect every person, and protect the institution of marriage. There is no contradiction between these responsibilities. We should also conduct this difficult debate in a manner worthy of our country, without bitterness or anger."

None of this matters to our media, the so-called watchdogs of public civility. To them, Bush has knuckled under to "ultraconservatives" (MSNBC's Keith Olbermann) and is preparing to run a "very hard-right campaign" (NBC's David Gregory). Conservatives "browbeat" Bush, reported CBS's John Roberts.

But how deep and wide is this so-called "hard right"? It must include the solid majority of Americans that oppose "gay marriage." CBS's own polls show Rosie O'Donnell loses on redefining marriage, 62 to 30 percent. Among Republicans, it's 80 to 14. Among Democrats (!), it's 53-39 against.

The media have spurned and insulted the majority on this issue. They are firmly planted with the political minority in the exotic -- dare we say it? -- fairyland of Rosie O'Donnell.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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