GOP: No Gays Allowed, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  May 24 2012 @ 9:19pm

I consider Fox an integral part of the GOP, so I am not surprised by this:

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But it's still pretty shocking. Tammy Bruce is in the same position as Ric Grenell. She is about as far right as you can get, and often plays the gay conservative role on Fox. That's fine, as far as I'm concerned, even though she has gone Breitbart on us. I've given up on the GOP for the foreseeable future, but I'm glad some gays haven't. We need to engage both sides.

But as with Grenell, we now have a clear acknowledgment that Republicans simply will not tolerate openly gay people in any sort of leadership role – not even as an occasional fill-in for O'Reilly. Replace "gay" with Jewish or black or female and see how it sounds.

There is a legitimate area of disagreement on these issues. But discriminating against people for nothing but their sexual orientation – even if they echo every far right wing argument you could wish for – is as disgusting for Fox as it is humiliating for its gay employees. Bruce needs to clarify her tweet. Who told her this? And why hasn't she sued over it?

[Update: I should have googled some more, but Bruce is now claiming this was all a joke! She was mocking the liberal lack of humor, that's all. You'd think, if that were the case, her tweet would have been in response to an irritating lefty. But it wasn't. Here's the original tweet Bruce responded to:

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That seems an unlikely context for a jibe at liberals. This is a little desperate too:

When Fox News hired me years ago the entire crew over there knew they were putting the first openly gay person as a political contributor/commentator on any television—cable or network.

Fox started in 1996. Assuming she started on Day One, I must have been on countless CNN and network shows before then as an openly gay – and openly HIV-positive – commentator. But reading Bruce's description of  Obama's decisive embrace of marriage equality as "shameless (and disgustingly insincere) pandering," you realize we're talking about someone who helped make Mike Fumento jump ship. Make of her denial what you will.]