Major newspapers gave heavy, doting coverage this past weekend to the anti-Proposition 8 protests in cities across the country, and CNN covered the protest before it happened, as it happened and after it happened, continuing to report on the issue through mid-day November 17.
Not so the networks. Though The New York Times said Saturday's nationwide protest for same sex “marriage” was “one of the nation's largest displays in support of gay rights,” the protests received little attention from broadcast news, with CNN being the notable exception. CNN was the last of the networks to concede that
Proposition 8 is an amendment to the
Homosexual demonstrators who made ugly racist and anti-religious comments and disrupted church services last week received virtually no coverage in the weekend news.
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Likewise, CNN's coverage was sympathetic to protesters. November 15 viewers were informed that the gay and lesbian community was “fired up.” Correspondent Ted Rowlands noted that the protest in
On November 17 CNN correspondent Veronica de la Cruz reported on how the debate over same sex “marriage” was playing out on the Internet. She started with a screen shot showing protests from around the country and then showed an entry from the blog of Andrew Sullivan, whom she described as “an openly gay conservative blogger.” She promoted the Web site Join the Impact.com, which was the force behind mobilizing the nationwide protest. She did not feature any Internet coverage of Proposition 8 supporters.
NBC's Nightly News anchor Lester Holt gave the protests a 20-second mention on November 15, the day of the protest. CBS weekend news programs were preempted by sports.
Over on ABC, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger played the fence sitter. Schwarzenegger told host George Stephanopoulos that while he believes marriage is between one man and one woman, he didn't “want to ever force my will on anyone.” Stephanopoulos asked the governor whether he thought Proposition 8 should be overturned.
Schwarzenegger: The court has overturned it. And now they went back, and the people have voted for it again against the gay marriage. So the Supreme Court, you know, I think ought to go and look at that again and we'll go back to the same decision basically.
Stephanopoulos did not challenge the governor about the his shocking opinion that the courts should overturn the expressed will of the electorate. Stephanopoulos did, however, ask Schwarzenegger whether he would “issue an edict” that protects the same-sex marriages currently on the