Thursday, February 27, 2014

Good and bad

Today, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer did the right thing and vetoed that state’s hate bill, SB1062. She did the right thing and—whatever her reasons—she should be congratulated for doing it.

I’ve strongly disagreed with Brewer in the past, and no doubt will again. However, I believe that whenever a politician—any politician, but maybe especially an adversary—does the right thing, it should be acknowledged. She did good.

Brewer’s account Tweeted the photo at the top of this post moments after she made her statement. It shows her vetoing the bill. I’m sure it pissed off the rightwing even more.

I watched the announcement live on CNN (tuning in too late to see if a better news channel was broadcasting it), so as soon as it was over, the bad commenced: They chose to interview Ted Haggard (!), though I have no idea why, and also Peter Sprigg of the SPLC-certified anti-gay hate group, the “Family” Research [sic] Council. One can imagine the teaser: “Coming up next up on CNN, the Grand Dragon of the KKK discusses why Black people don’t face discrimination in the USA!”

I mean, seriously, what the hell is wrong with CNN?! Why do they always turn to an anti-gay bigot to discuss LGBT issues? Sprigg has called for gay people to be put in prison (I mentioned that on this blog at the time), and he’s called for gays to be “exported”.

CNN could have talked to proponents of the bill, though many of them are anti-gay bigots, too. The thing is, they know that Sprigg is a bigot and they know that the “F”RC is on the SPLC’s list of anti-gay hate groups, and it’s not easy to get on that list—it’s based on spreading lies and defamation, something Sprigg and his group excel at.

It was disappointing to see CNN turn once again to a bigot. I guess it shows how little value CNN has nowadays.

Meanwhile, over in the alternate reality that is Fox “News”, we saw—well, nothing surprising whatsoever: Their first interview after Brewer’s veto was with Tony Perkins—head bigot of the “F”RC. The Republican propaganda channel had been relentlessly promoting these anti-gay laws, then seemed to realise what they’d created, but now they’re back to their good ol’ anti-gay selves. Whew! For a moment there it looked like hey might have discovered a tiny bit of humanity and conscience—that was a close call!

Seriously, though, the bigots are all having a massive attack of the sadz because of Brewer’s veto. Makes me laugh because of how pathetic they are. Sprigg and Perkins were nothing special.

So something good happened today, it was tainted by TV trotting out the bad, but despite that, good nevertheless did triumph over evil today. That’s a very good thing.


rogerogreen said...

Well, Arthur, I'm reluctant to give Jan Brewer props for anything. But it's probably because she ticks me off SO much, notably on the immigration front. She DID sounded like she was saying the right things, though I'm sure it was fiscally driven: http://www.wfsb.com/story/24831157/arizona-gov-brewer-vetoes-controversial-sb-1062

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

Oh, I've been a sharp critic of her in the past, and I'll almost certainly have reason to be so again. I'm sure it was all about money, too, because she has been very focused on economic issues. Still, I don't really care why she vetoed it, just that she did.