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Media Coverage of Anti-gay Hate Groups: SPLC and Brokaw :: Release Dorothy!

December 7, 2010


During today’ Southern Poverty Law Center’s Webinar on Hate Groups a participant asked the question “Does it make sense to draw attention to hate groups?  The response was that it’s a better strategy to bring to bring these groups to the public’s attention and innoculate the public against their propaganda.  Indeed, Tom Brokaw makes the same argument in the article below, but from a freedom of speech perspective.

Brokaw walked the red carpet Monday night in New York City for A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power, a storytelling event presented by USA Network and the Moth at the New York Public Library in conjunction with the USA Network’s Characters Unite public service campaign against prejudice and discrimination. Storytellers included Mos Def, Simon Doonan, and Sirdeaner Walker, antibullying activist and mother of Carl Walker Hoover, the 11-year-old Massachusetts boy who took his own life in response to school-based antigay torments last year.

The Advocate spoke with Brokaw about complaints against news networks that give airtime to gay rights opponents.

“I don’t think you can shut down free speech,” he said. “We’re a free speech society. They’re entitled to their positions however wrong they may be. How do you begin to censor things?”

via Brokaw on Covering Antigay Viewpoints | News | The Advocate.