Uncritical John Berman: 'What the President Seems to Want Is Space' on Gay Marriage
Perhaps previewing the winking and nodding that will follow in the
general election campaign, ABC's John Berman on Monday uncritically
parroted the White House line on gay marriage: "What the President seems to want is space."
The Good Morning America correspondent added that the President is looking for "space to say that perhaps in a second term he might change the policy. But for it not to become a major campaign issue in the next few months."
Considering that Barack Obama's position on position on same sex marriage has been "evolving" for 17 months, shouldn't the White House be pressed by journalists to offer an actual opinion?
co-anchor George Stephanopoulos noted that gay rights activists could
push the issue at the Democratic convention in August, Berman
regurgitated, "And that doesn't seem to be what the President wants."
The reporter reminded, "Now, up to this point, the President said he supports civil unions, not gay marriage, but that his opinion is evolving."
Berman highlighted Vice President Joe Biden's new support for gay marriage. He allowed that, in response, "you saw comments from gay rights activists who are frustrated the White House is not changing its policy."
If the Vice President is supporting gay marriage and the President is "evolving," it seems only fair for journalists to push Obama on a definitive proclamation.
A transcript of the May 7 segment, which aired at 7:07am EDT, follows: