Accuracy in Media

Ted Koppel hasn’t made much news since he turned his Nightline program over to the anti-Iraq war crowd and exploited the images of American soldiers killed in Iraq.  However, he sunk to a new low on the day that New Jersey Governor James McGreevey announced that he was resigning his office in the face of blackmail charges over his exploitation of a state employee for sex.  Even though the governor had admitted engaging in conduct that anyone with a moral compass should immediately recognize and condemn as immoral and shocking, Koppel told Nightline that McGreevey “presented himself in a very dignified fashion?”

McGreevey claimed the homosexual affair, with a former state employee threatening to file a sexual harassment suit against him, was “consensual.”  But there is no evidence for that statement and much was already on the record to suggest it was a lie. The nature of the relationship suggests that McGreevey, in a position to hire and fire those who engaged in sex with him, used people simply for selfish purposes of sexual gratification.  Homosexual chat rooms on the Internet suggest that one employee who serviced the governor’s sexual appetite was replaced with another.

Koppel seemed to miss the fact that McGreevey made the bizarre resignation announcement while using his wife and parents as props before a national television audience.  Fortunately, he drew a line at bringing his young child on stage.  Did it occur to Koppel or anyone else in the media to ask how he could humiliate his wife in public like this?  And his parents?  Apparently, they were supposed to be there to bolster the case that McGreevey was somehow justified in turning his back on his wife and family in his search for his true self.

Koppel’s guests were Ariana Huffington, who was deserted by her own husband, who turned out to be a homosexual, and Cheryl Jacques of the gay lobby group, the Human Rights Campaign.  Arianna Huffington did a transformation of her own, going from the conservative to the liberal end of the political spectrum, and is now a big backer of gay rights.  A New Jersey reporter was also on the show to supply a few facts, but Koppel featured no one critical of the homosexual lifestyle or agenda.

Koppel simply watched and listened as Jacques delivered a vicious attack on President Bush for supporting traditional marriage. While many people are “good hearted and fair minded” about homosexuality, Jacques said, “there are some politicians like President Bush, who try to use this issue as a wedge issue.  They try to promote intolerance to divide the country.  The President’s call for a constitutional amendment to write discrimination into the constitution against gays and lesbians makes it a climate that makes people fearful.” 

The next step in this “evolution” of society is for a major political figure to announce that he likes to wear women’s clothes and is “transgendered.”  HBO has aired the movie “Normal,” about a married man who decides he wants to become and dress like a woman, and Oprah Winfrey has aired programs about teenage boys who want to be girls.  We wonder if Koppel finds any dignity in that.

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