Sully finally weighs in, and it's w-e-a-k.
Sully types a few words in on Gannongate, and it’s lame-o, and ill-informed, if I want to be charitable.
I haven’t written about it because I agree completely with Glenn. The substantive case against Gannon is trivial; the irrelevant case against him (the one that’s fueled this story) is that he’s gay, has allegedly been (or still may be) a prostitute, and may not agree with everything the gay left believes (although I agree with David Corn that the evidence that Gannon has written anything even remotely ‘anti-gay’ is laughable). The real scandal is the blatant use of homophobic rhetoric by the self-appointed Savonarolas of homo-left-wingery. It’s an Animal Farm moment: the difference between a fanatic on the gay left and a fanatic on the religious right is harder and harder to discern. Just ask yourself: if a Catholic conservative blogger had found out that a liberal-leaning pseudo-pundit/reporter was a gay sex worker, had outed the guy as gay and a ‘hooker,’ published pictures of the guy naked, and demanded a response from a Democratic administration, do you think gay rights groups would be silent? They’d rightly be outraged. But the left can get away with anything, can’t they? Especially homophobia.
For one thing, Gannon left a boatload of reporting on gay issues at Talon News behind, still accessible even though the site is now down.
And if there is anyone that is demonizing homosexuality it is the Right wing — they coasted their candidate to the White House on the homo-baiting. Does Andrew not remember his despair over FMA? Gannon is a hypocrite that worked for a sham organization that didn’t mind gay-baiting in its support of the Bush Administration and was sitting four rows from the President. That’s a security issue that no one is answering. Sully doesn’t even address that.
No one gives a rip if JG/JG is a “sex worker”, the Left is pointing out the hypocrisy of the Right. The activity is illegal! If the Right wants to stay on its moral high horse, why isn’t Gannon’s side life a problem? They worried about whether Bill inhaled; but now it’s Chimpy on tape admitting to weed-smoking and intimating he has some blow-snorting to cover up too. That’s illegal activity, but the Freepers are defending that behavior too. No, the Right cannot have it both ways on this one.
If they are truly tolerant of gays (as Chimpy admits on tape, he wouldn’t fire anyone he knew to be gay), then why don’t they support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) so gay folks not working for the White House don’t get fired for being gay? I don’t hear that coming from any of these suddenly converted privacy rights activists in the wingnut circle that have been, before Gannon, ready to burn homos at the stake.