(Editor's note: This post was originally published by SDGLN content partner GLAAD.)
This is how Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) spins it on Twitter:
Carol Costello interrupted me more than Alan Colmes, which I heretofore thought was humanly impossible.
You be the judge:
[video via EQ Matters]
Once again, here's the quote she read back to him:
"Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Stormtroopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs. And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual solders basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all of the Stormtroopers, the Brownshirts, were male homosexuals."
Personally, I see a CNN anchor holding a noted voice of extremism accountable for just one of his many acts of verbal aggression plucked from one of his man years of targeted hostilty. The only "interruption" was to Bryan Fischer's desired narrative—the one far too many media people have allowed him to recite in the past.
When GLAAD launched the Commentator Accountability Project, the one and only request was for media figures to paint an honest portrait of these routinley booked commentators. For far too many years, there has been a bit of a sleight of hand going on, allowing conservative pundits to talk about LGBT people one way when on their own forums and a completely other (read: nicer, more pragmatic) way when speaking to a more mainstream audience. Our guiding belief has been that if those who advocate against us are bold enough to recruit donations and support with personally-targeted claims, then they should be bold enough to own those claims when the camera lights are a bit brighter.
Carol Costello was likely shocked by what she herself was reading back to Fischer, since the words are in a realm of extreme and bizarre punditry with which she is not used to dealing. But for those of us who cover this sort of thing, we know that this harsh rhetoric is fundamental to the anti-LGBT opposition movement. It's time for even more mainstream media sources to clue even more of the public into what has been really going on. LGBT people are sick of watching the double-dealing go unchecked.