Monday, May 17, 2004
Network news: I'm blogging from the my parents' home and we're watching the NBC "Nightly News." The lead story was Massachusetts issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The piece was a couple of minutes long -- and woefully one-sided. At least two gay couples were quoted, as was a lawyer who argued that other states should be required to recognize gay "marriages" performed in Massachusetts.
And for the other side of the debate? You got a few seconds of people holding signs and some garbled yelling. No interview. No brief comments from opponents. Nope, just a biased story showing that today was a first, small step in an ongoing effort. The report took pains to point out that the newly-"married" gay couples still don't receive Social Security payments like heterosexual couples.
And they wonder why Fox News' viewership is growing and the networks' continue to diminish?
*UPDATE* For the record, just finished watching ABC's "World News Tonight" piece on the subject -- and they, at least, provided both sides of the debate.