Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, is frustrated that Right Wing Watch tracks the actual words that he says and writes. Last night Perkins sent an email to supporters with the title “A Site for Soros Lies.”
Before I get into this, the fact that George Soros’ foundation helps to financially support People for the American Way (the parent of Right Wing Watch) is irrelevant to Perkins’ complaint. According to Perkins, when Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation asked Perkins if he said that Supreme Court justices who vote for marriage equality should be impeached, it was based on a lie cooked up by Right Wing Watch.
Now, it’s no surprise that press who are outright hostile to conservative views like Huffington Post
rely on RightWingWatch’s propaganda, but it is shocking that that this
kind of truth-optional reporting is utilized (and therefore legitimized)
by mainstream networks like CBS, Politico, and others.
The most obvious example came last Sunday, when I joined “Face the
Nation” to talk about the oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the
redefinition of marriage. Before the show, RightWingWatch invented
another headline — this time about a recent radio interview with Jan
Mickelson. In it, they claim I called for the impeachment of any
justices who rule for same-sex “marriage.”
As usual, the site intentionally took the statement out of context
and twisted the meaning to further its agenda. And while conservatives
like me are used to these tactics, nothing prepared me for hearing those
same distortions repeated back to me by CBS’s Bob Schieffer. “Did you
really say that justices who come down on the side of gays on this
should be impeached?” he asked. “No, I didn’t,” I replied.
“Because there are reports to that effect,” Bob explained. What he
didn’t explain on air was that the “reports” were from the Soros-funded
Perkins denied that he said that. Right Wing Watch followed up on Monday with the clip — further embarrassing Mr. Perkins. Judge for yourself.
What really embarrassed Perkins was the fact that Schieffer noted that Family Research Council was designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. While Schieffer did the right thing, Mr. Perkins is not a responsible spokesman for either Christians or political conservatives. When CBS allows Perkins to appear on a prestigious show like Face the Nation they are conveying undue credibility on Perkins.