On the day Obama proclaimed his change of heart, The New York Times published a promotional front-page article headlined "Gay on TV: It's All In the Family." Readers were treated to "Modern Family" co-creator Christopher Lloyd asserting "What this is about, really, is how far America has come, not how far television has come."
Inside the paper were large pictures of two marrying women on "Grey's Anatomy" and two gay men with their adopted toddler on "Modern Family." In large text, the Times proclaimed, "An implicit recasting of the American family is welcomed by viewers." They claimed complaints "barely ever bubble to the surface."
How desperately did the Times want to hide the traditionalist view? Reporter Brian Stelter claimed "Mitt Romney is known to be a fan of 'Modern Family,' and a Catholic group gave it a media award this month."
But when the Times linked to evidence that Romney loves "Modern Family," their own story only claimed that young Romney aide Garrett Jackson recommended the show to him, and Romney got Jackson hooked on "Friday Night Lights," the canceled high school football drama.
As for the "Catholic" group awarding a pro-gay show, this same "Catholic In Media Associates" (for entertainment industry insiders) had previously honored both "Glee" and "Ugly Betty," two other educational shows promoting homosexuality. If that's a Catholic Church group, then Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are Catholics in good standing, and Kathleen Sebelius hasn't been excommunicated.
The Times writer did not explain one of the reasons gay characters could be portrayed as "welcomed by viewers" is that any audience of any size can be generalized into a groundswell of mainstream support if the press wants it so. Just how much of a blockbuster, how popular, is Fox's "Glee," the current rage of Hollywood? Well, it's drawing six million viewers. What we are to believe is an avalanche. But in a nation of 311 million, that means 98 percent of Americans aren't watching.
Obviously, Hollywood has played a part in eroding America's moral character on "gay marriage." It's about time somebody admitted that Hollywood isn't just persuading people into buying Wrigley's Gum or McDonald's burgers. In between the commercials, they're selling a radical devolution in moral standards.