3.07.2010

Guest Blogger Angelo Carusone: "Joe Scarborough Owes Me And Every Gay American An Apology…"

I have a new guest blogger I'd like to introduce, although I would hazard a guess that most of you already know Angelo Carusone.

I met Angelo on twitter as @ StopBeck. He started what has become a very successful twitter effort of pointing out Glenn Beck's vitriol to his sponsors and shaming them into removing their advertising from his Fox "news" show.

Here's his site, StopBeck.com's bio:

StopBeck.com is a nonpartisan effort focused on holding Glenn Beck accountable for preying on racial anxieties, employing vitriolic rhetoric and disseminating distortions. Our purpose is to urge sponsors to stop supporting Glenn Beck’s brand of hate with advertising dollars.

StopBeck began on July 2, 2009. It was and remains primarily a Twitter effort.

Between him and the organization Color of Change (see here, here, here, here & here), they have done some real damage.

Since he started the effort
, Beck has lost all his U.K. Sponsors and most of his U.S. sponsors. In the U.K., his show has been running without sponsors for nearly a month.

And if you look at what few sponsors he does have left here in the U.S. (maybe 20), you'll notice something very quickly: Nearly half of them are subsidiaries of News Corp. -- Fox's parent company, or Gold & Oil companies (or the like).

You should all be following Angelo on Twitter: @ StopBeck.

Well, one of the most phony, narcissistic and believe it nor not, dangerous people of cable news isn't Glenn Beck. It's MSNBC's Joe Scarborough.

The reason I say dangerous is because as he presents himself as a reasonable conservative who's open to all differing opinion & the media morons and D.C. blowhards eat it up, treating his wing-nuttery as part of the norm.

Everyone knows how dangerous Glenn Beck is. He can't control himself. He couldn't hide his hate and right-wing nuttery even if he wanted too. Neither can Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, etc.

Morning Doucheborough is different. He's got plenty of people fooled into thinking he's a reasonable, thoughtful, non-threatening sort of conservative, a compassionate conservative as it were, and that makes him more dangerous than all the Becks, Limbaughs and Hannitys combined as far as I'm concerned.

Well, Doucheborough went off about Gay Marriage the other day when dicussing Harold Ford's failed attempt at a Senate run against fellow Democratic Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, here in New York, and said some things that just rubbed Angelo the wrong way.

It was the perfect example of how his "reasonableness" isn't anything but.

Doucheborough's a liar, and a fraud, and Angelo wanted to point it out.

So, without further adieu, here's a post by Angelo about Joe Morning Doucheborough and his falsehoods & history rewriting about his stance on gay marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):

Originally posted on March 4, 2010 at Another War of Jenkins' Ear:
Joe Scarborough Owes Me And Every Gay American An Apology…

I’m going to highlight something that Joe wrote on Twitter recently. I know it’s Twitter, but bear with me because it does illustrate a legitimate issue.

On Joe’s March 2 television show, Harold Ford discussed his decision not to run for NY Senate. This inspired Joe to chide people for being “obsessed [about same-sex marriage] to this degree.” Joe attacked marriage equality proponents as angry, obsessed and corrosive to the national debate.

So, I sent the following tweet to Joe:

No @joenbc, I’m not going to apologize for being angry with people, like you, who prevent me from marrying my boyfriend of 6 years

Joe replied, basically repeating something he already said on the air [#1, #2]:

Dude, marry who you want. That’s above my paygrade. I just don’t want the federal gov’t involved in the bedroom.

Keep Congress and the Feds out of gay marriage and OB issues. Let them focus on getting people jobs and protecting us.

Deep breath. Okay. Joe Scarborough’s response here is so cavalier that it’s reckless. It is a contemptible failure to acknowledge the obvious.

First, sorry dude but the entire point is that my fellow queer Americans and I are prohibited from marrying who we want. Joe’s response here is so dismissive that it’s an insult. It’s one thing to oppose marriage equality. But, Joe is pretending that such opposition doesn’t have any effect at all. It does. If you’re going to take this position at least have the decency to acknowledge its effects on your fellow citizens.

Joe’s position is sort of like telling a woman during the suffrage movement that she should just vote. Even though she couldn’t just vote because the law and opponents of suffrage wouldn’t allow her.

Second, Joe wants “the Feds out of gay marriage.” This is odious subterfuge, plain and simple. While a member of Congress, Joe supported the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Now, before you say ‘but Bill Clinton signed it and lots of people voted for it‘ – consider this: Bill Clinton and those that voted for it aren’t willfully ignoring the existence and effects of DOMA. If they went around saying things as inane as what Joe said, then I’ll scornfully apply my criticism to them.

DOMA has two provisions:

  • Provision 1: says that the states don’t need to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. (see DOMA § 2)
  • Provision 2: prevents the Federal government from recognizing a state’s legally valid same-sex marriage for any purpose whatsoever. (see DOMA § 3)

Put aside the first provision, since it’s not really relevant to this post. But, the second provision is. Recognize that you can have one without the other. Also, recognize that the second has real effects.

It explicitly involves the federal government in gay marriage by preventing them from recognizing even legally valid same-sex marriages. DOMA touches upon nearly 1,200 federal laws that implicate marital status (ranging from federal employee benefits to social security payments to tax status and a whole bunch else). The point: it’s quite expansive. So, not only does DOMA have concrete and visible effects. But, it has a stigmatizing effect too. Think about it…

A same-sex couple gets married in a state that provides marriage equality. So, here they are with their legally valid marriage license, just like other married couples. Except, they’re not just like other married couples. Sure, they may enjoy all the same rights and privileges of marriage for state purposes. But, their neighbors are afforded all the federal rights and privileges of marriage, whereas they are not. In other words, even though they hold the same license, because of DOMA one of those licenses is treated like it doesn’t even exist.

This is exactly what Joe was decrying. Yet, he was and remains a proud supporter of DOMA. How curious. If Joe really believed his platitudes, then he would have an issue with DOMA’s second provision. As I said, Joe’s position is subterfuge to avoid addressing the effects created and perpetuated by opponents of marriage equality.

Why should he and others like him be able to so demonstrably shirk responsibility?

So…I want an apology. I don’t want Joe to apologize for his opposition to marriage equality. He’s entitled to his opinion regardless of how fiercely I disagree with it.

No no…

I want an apology because Joe, a fellow citizen and former legislator, recklessly refuses to even acknowledge the intended consequences of his position and actions.

I want an apology because contrary to Joe’s suggestion, I don’t have a choice. And it’s an insult to me and every queer American for Joe to suggest and pretend that we do.

I await for Joe to assume responsibility and apologize, but I won’t hold my breath.

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As an aside: Joe also lumps in OB issues. What he really means is that he wants Roe v. Wade overturned. For a reminder of why this is a terrible position, look no further than Utah’s recent decision to criminalize certain miscarriages.

Also, Joe’s already blocked me on Twitter. So, I just want to thank @Unleashthadiva for passing my tweets along to Joe.

Update: And so it Joes…

After this post went around, Joe defended himself on Twitter by again pushing the notion that DOMA means that Federal government has nothing to do with same-sex marriage. Look, I’m obnoxious, so don’t let the indignation of this post distract from the real substantive issue here. The issue, as I stated clearly, is not Joe’s position on marriage equality, but his refusal to acknowledge the other half of DOMA that explicitly involves the Federal government in gay marriage.

It is his willful distortion that is the real offense.

(Angelo Carusone is a third-year law student a the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is lead the organizer of StopBeck.com, which is a campaign to pull advertisers from Glenn Beck. Angelo also offers thoroughly progressive commentary on his blog: Another War of Jenkins' Ear.)

Follow him on twitter: @StopBeck.

You might also want to keep an eye out for his other projects via twitter: @StopRush (Rush Limbaugh) & @StopPat700 (Pat Robertson)

UPDATE: Please DIGG IT!

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