Mike Rogers Threatened On Let’s Talk Live
I watched Mike’s interview onWashington, DC News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live (video online), and I found it interesting that Doug McElway was so passionately opposed to Mike’s work that he said he wanted to “punch you across the face.”
I Did Not Take It Seriously
I did not take the threat seriously at first. I saw it more as an indication of Mr. McElway’s own discomfort with the topic of homosexuality, especially the topic of hypocrisy and living a double life.
Following the Story on BlogActive
Since then, I’ve been following the story on Mike Rogers’ website, BlogActive. For about five years, Mike Rogers has made it his work to ‘out’ politicians who live a ‘gay’ life and vote an ‘anti-gay’ life. He said he is not in favor of ‘outing’, but he is opposed to hypocrisy.
I See Mike’s Point
When I watched the interview with Doug McElway, I thought maybe he was hyper-sensitive, because he was hiding something. Since then, I’ve seen in posts on BlogActive.com that Doug McElway has a history of speaking in a hostile manner to and about lgbt persons on his television show.
Catch Up on the Story
Thursday, May 07, 2009 – Anyone have a face mask?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – AOL exposes McKelway and his onair tirade…
Thursday, May 14, 2009 – Time to turn up the heat…
Saturday, May 16, 2009 – Now this is odd , Bringing you up to date on the Doug McKelway campaign
Monday, May 18, 2009 – Keeping in touch
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – Prepping
Thursday, May 21, 2009 – Busy Day Tomorrow
What I Realized
I realized, over the course of a few days, that this is not about Doug McKelway’s fear of people being ‘outed’ against their will. This is about his abusive speech directed towards a guest on his show, a guest who happens to be gay. And he, as a public figure and television personality, may well be showing by example that it is okay to bully gay people, or worse.
What I Did
I went back to my post from the other day and added an update saying this:
UPDATE: May 22, 2009
I was wrong to imagine that Doug McKelway was simply uncomfortable with the idea of public figures being ‘outed’, and that was why he was so hostile towards Mike Rogers.I’ve read more about him over the past couple of weeks, and I now believe he has demonstrated a pattern of hostility towards lgbt persons.
As a public figure and potential ‘role model’ (a negative role model, showing others that it is okay to bully people who are different in some way), he has crossed the line in a way that should be addressed.His open hostility and suggestions of violence against an openly gay man would not be tolerated if they were directed at someone because of race, religion, national origin or any other way that people are diverse.
He did not behave with journalistic integrity in that piece, and it now looks like he has a pattern of misbehavior.
I believe a public apology by Doug McKelway, to Mike Rogers, is in order. I should have revisited this sooner.
I hope Doug McKelway’s employer will address this issue with him soon.