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NBC defends Couric's 'anti-Christian' comments
WND ^ | 12/11/2004 | media matters

Posted on 12/11/2004 10:15:43 AM PST by gidget7

Focus on the Family's asks for apology after Shepard murder revisted

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: December 11, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

Prompted by a TV news investigation questioning whether Matthew Shepard's murder was an "anti-gay hate crime," the traditional-values group Focus on the Family asked NBC News to apologize for suggesting Bible believers were responsible for creating the "climate" in which the attack took place.

But NBC defended "Today Show" host Katie Couric for her questions in an an Oct. 12, 1998, interview with the then-governor of Wyoming, where the attack took place.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: apologydenied; christian; couric; fotf; homosexualagenda; matthewshepard; morality; nbcnews
Couric asked the governor whether "conservative political organizations like the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family are contributing to this anti-homosexual atmosphere" by suggesting homosexuals can change their sexual orientation.

"That prompts people to say," Couric added in her question, "'If I meet someone who is homosexual, I'm going to take action and try to convince them or try to harm them.'"

Shepard was a 21-year-old homosexual student at the University of Wyoming, whose burned and battered body was found in the snow outside Laramie in October 1998.

NBC News Executive Producer for Broadcast Standards David McCormick defended Couric in a reply to Focus on the Family on Wednesday.

McCormick argued that in the days after the critically injured Shepard was found tied to a fencepost, "there was a great deal of speculation that the crime may have been motivated by hate."

"If you look closely at the transcript of the interview, you will note that Ms. Couric was quoting 'gay activists' who were quite vocal at the time of Mr. Shepard's death," McCormick wrote. "She was not making a statement of fact and she was certainly not insinuating that" Christians were responsible for Shepard's murder.

In a reply Thursday, Focus on the Family President Don Hodel rejected McCormick's reasoning.

"As we all know, the tone and manner with which a question is posed can convey a great deal of information," Hodel wrote.

"It was clear six years ago, and remains clear today, that Ms. Couric's tone and manner were not that of an impartial journalist seeking the truth about a tragedy. It was the tone and manner of an advocate intent on repeating an unfounded accusation disguised as a question.

"She named three Christian organizations (one of them Focus on the Family) and asserted the gay rights activists' charges of 'contributing to this anti-homosexual atmosphere' by having an ad campaign that suggested that gay people might like to change their orientation. It was definitely a 'have you stopped beating your wife?' type of question."

Along with Couric, NBC reporter David Gregory raised the same questions in a news piece, saying, "The ads were controversial for portraying gays and lesbians as sinners who had made poor choices, despite the growing belief that homosexuality may be genetic. ... Have the ads fostered a climate of anti-gay hate that leads to incidents like the killing of Matthew Shepard? Gay rights activists say the ads convey a message that gay people are defective."

Targeted for money?

The exchange this week between Focus on the Family and NBC News came after a Nov. 26 segment on the ABC News program "20/20" which raised the possibility Shepard was targeted for his money, not over his homosexuality.

Shepard, according to the findings of the court, was kidnapped and brutally beaten by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson after he made a sexual advance at one of the two men at a bar. According to McKinney's then-girlfriend, both men pretended to be homosexual in order to lure Shepard outside and rob him.

Shepard later was found brutally beaten, robbed and tied to a fence. He died five days later of massive head injuries.

His death and the trials of McKinney and Henderson galvanized homosexuals and their supporters across the country, fueling the call for state and federal 'hate-crime' legislation.

Henderson and McKinney, both speaking for the first time since being sentenced to double life terms, now deny Shepard's homosexuality played a role in their decision to murder him. McKinney has been barred from speaking to the press about the crime as a condition of a plea bargain with prosecutors who promised to reward his vow of permanent silence by not seeking the death penalty. Legal experts do not expect prosecutors to pursue re-sentencing now that he has decided to talk.

ABC News said an underground world of methamphetamine use may have contributed to the crime.

That the iconic crime may prove to have been "just" a violent drug-related mugging has caused anger among some homosexuals.

"There is simply no way to 'de-gay' the murder of Matthew Shepard," Michael Adams, education director at Lambda Legal, tells 365Gay.com. "There were the statements of the murders at the time and the defense even argued 'gay panic' claiming that Shepard had come onto them."

By all appearances, concludes Adams, the program "serves no purpose and does a disservice to the memory of Matthew. Sadly Matthew Shepard is no longer here to tell his version of the story."

"Does it make Aaron McKinney and Russell A. Henderson any less guilty of the crime that they committed? Absolutely not," says Romain Patterson, one of Shepard's close friends. "You just don't kick someone in the crotch over and over again unless you have a real problem with their sexuality," she says. "To imply otherwise, in my opinion, is irresponsible, and I think it's irresponsible to be giving a voice to two very guilty men."

But ABC News defends its investigation. "Exploring and re-examining the facts around that murder in a very thoughtful and in-depth way is the very essence of responsible journalism. This new information in no way diminishes the importance of the national conversation that took place after Matthew Shepard's murder," says spokesman Jeffrey Schneider. "The murder of Matthew Shepard was and is a heinous and vicious crime."

In the wake of Shepard's death in 1998, then-President Clinton urged passage of a federal hate crimes bill that would include sexual orientation as a protected class. The bill has yet to pass and revelations that Shepard's death may not have been a hate crime at all will certainly play into the continuing debate.

1 posted on 12/11/2004 10:15:43 AM PST by gidget7
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To: gidget7

This is the last straw for me. There are exactly 2 programs left on NBC that I watch, other than that I have banned the whole network!! Likewise ABC and CBS


2 posted on 12/11/2004 10:23:03 AM PST by gidget7 (God Bless America, and our President George W. Bush)
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To: EdReform; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; stage left; Yakboy; I_Love_My_Husband; ...

Homosexual Agenda Ping Plus Moral Absolutes. (I've included the M.A. because of the nasty smear that Christian values are somehow to blame for the "gay hate crime", which probably was just a regular old methamphetamine hateful crime.*

More background about the hate crimes Poster child. Apparently the murderers did not know Shepard was a homosexual and were trying to rob him, while tweaking on methamphetimine.

Meanwhile, where was or is the outrage about Dirkhising? (sp).

That crime was even more outrageous, shameful and horrific than the killing of Shepard, and it recieved practically no notice from the MSM because it didn't advance the "gay" agenda cause; in fact it revealed the actual face of the "gay" agenda.

Let me know if anyone wants on/off either of these pinglists.

*Is Shepard more or less dead whether his murderers didn't know he was homosexual and just wanted money? Either way they were psychotic from meth and killed him dead. It looks as though they were just regular garden variety lowlife scum. It is very suspicious that they had to keep quiet about their motives or the circumstances in order to get the plea bargain.


3 posted on 12/11/2004 10:31:55 AM PST by little jeremiah (What would happen if everyone decided their own "right and wrong"?)
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To: gidget7
...federal hate crimes bill that would include sexual orientation as a protected class.

Repeat after me:

I am a second class citizen, a white, hetero-sexual, Christian male.

I am a second class citizen, a white, hetero-sexual, Christian male.

I am a second class citizen, a white, hetero-sexual, Christian male.

I am a second class citizen, a white, hetero-sexual, Christian male.

FMCDH(BITS)

4 posted on 12/11/2004 10:32:15 AM PST by nothingnew (Kerry is gone...perhaps to Lake Woebegone)
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To: little jeremiah

Also note that the part that was so "hateful" about the various Christian organizations' message was that homosexuals can CHANGE. That's the hateful part.

Stupefyingly evil. Couric should get the boot.


5 posted on 12/11/2004 10:33:17 AM PST by little jeremiah (What would happen if everyone decided their own "right and wrong"?)
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To: nothingnew
Repeat after me:

OK

I am a second class citizen, a white, hetero-sexual, Christian male.

6 posted on 12/11/2004 10:33:31 AM PST by NeoCaveman (There is no dufu but DUFU and PJ Comix is its writer)
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To: gidget7
With Couric and friend, the gay agenda will trump Christianity everytime !!

_________________

7 posted on 12/11/2004 10:34:23 AM PST by Tuba Guy
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To: gidget7
..."That prompts people to say," Couric added in her question, "'If I meet someone who is homosexual, I'm going to take action and try to convince them or try to harm them.'"

This is always what the tongue-wagging weenies say when they want to express their own opinions... "people say..."

I would love to hear the person respond, "Catie, except for your friends and associates on this show, what people are you talking about?"

That would smack the teleprompter readers to the defensive.

8 posted on 12/11/2004 10:38:51 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: dubyaismypresident
Thank you. You're training is now complete. You may leave now, komrad.

FMCDH(BITS)

9 posted on 12/11/2004 10:39:37 AM PST by nothingnew (Kerry is gone...perhaps to Lake Woebegone)
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To: Tuba Guy
I think we should start a counter-movement. Instead of being outraged and attacking the courics etal for their anti-Christian statements, actions, why don't we start putting down atheists etc. as people too shallow, self-centered, insensitive to be capable of belief in a higher power.

That's what they are and deep down inside, they know it.

We shouldn't be defensive - we're not doing anything wrong. Their lack of belief is their problem, not ours.

We always let them frame the issues.

10 posted on 12/11/2004 10:43:08 AM PST by Let's Roll (Democrats - What happens when mental illness manifests itself as a political party.)
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To: gidget7
Henderson and McKinney, both speaking for the first time since being sentenced to double life terms, now deny Shepard's homosexuality played a role in their decision to murder him. McKinney has been barred from speaking to the press about the crime as a condition of a plea bargain with prosecutors who promised to reward his vow of permanent silence by not seeking the death penalty.

Isn't that an illegal prior restraint of his 1st Amendment rights?

11 posted on 12/11/2004 10:47:46 AM PST by ikka
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To: little jeremiah
"The ads were controversial for portraying gays and lesbians as sinners who had made poor choices, despite the growing belief that homosexuality may be genetic"

This is also a fallacy. Belief is one thing, but a gay gene has been refuted, there is none. Completely untrue. So in essence all Christians have done is to offer love to their homosexual neighbors, ie: welcome them and offer help to change. And it IS a SIN!!!!!! in fact, it's an abomination!
12 posted on 12/11/2004 10:49:14 AM PST by gidget7 (God Bless America, and our President George W. Bush)
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To: Let's Roll

"why don't we start putting down atheists etc"

That would be a hate crime, doncha know. /sarc


13 posted on 12/11/2004 10:49:22 AM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory)
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To: little jeremiah

Perhaps it should be noted that Christianity and our belief in it, is the only thing that keeps us from choking the daylight out of people like this homo loving media wh**e.


14 posted on 12/11/2004 10:56:28 AM PST by gidget7 (God Bless America, and our President George W. Bush)
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To: bk1000

A hate crime?

"Probably. But life just isn't fair sometimes", she replied, with the same smirk the libs have perfected when they trash believers.


15 posted on 12/11/2004 11:03:21 AM PST by Let's Roll (Democrats - What happens when mental illness manifests itself as a political party.)
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To: gidget7

"That prompts people to say," Couric added in her question, "'If I meet someone who is homosexual, I'm going to take action and try to convince them or try to harm them.'"

It is comforting to know that morally and intellectually challenged women like Ms Couric are hard at work continuing to make fools out of Liberals everywhere.

For every clear thinking individual knows that Christians, not being able to persuade someone of the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, will then kill them and burn their bodies.

Ms Couric needs more air-time for her profound insights.


16 posted on 12/11/2004 11:13:39 AM PST by Search4Truth (When a man lies he murders some part of the world.)
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To: Search4Truth

Who is the bigger embarrasment, Katie Couric or Dan Rather?


17 posted on 12/11/2004 11:16:09 AM PST by ReadyNow
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To: ReadyNow

That's a tough one. I'll have to get back to you on that.


19 posted on 12/11/2004 11:33:48 AM PST by Search4Truth (When a man lies he murders some part of the world.)
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To: little jeremiah
JUST REWARDS????????????

NATIONAL ENQUIRER:DEC.06.2004

Katie Couric's current forty two year old boyfriend Cris Botti is still seeing his live in partner for three years, 25 year old Kara Peterson a **Cameron Diaz** look alike.

Kara, who still regards him as her boyfriend, says," I love him. He's the love of my life and I'd marry him tomorrow.

And what does he have to say about Kara? "The thing I like about Kara is she'll do anything for me. She's open-minded"

CAN WE ALL SAY "GIGGALO"!!!!

the picture is of "Cameron Diaz" to show similarity

20 posted on 12/11/2004 11:34:05 AM PST by SweetCaroline (Give thanks to the GOD of heaven, for His mercy and loving kindness are forever!!)
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To: gidget7
McCormick argued that in the days after the critically injured Shepard was found tied to a fencepost, "there was a great deal of speculation that the crime may have been motivated by hate."

So, I guess it's okay to take someone out, tie them to a fence post, and beat them to death as long as you love them??

Really, don't ALL crimes of this nature involve some kind of hate. I mean, if you like someone, chances are pretty good that you wouldn't kill them!!

21 posted on 12/11/2004 11:45:08 AM PST by KosmicKitty (Well... There you go again!)
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To: gidget7
'gay panic'

LMAO

22 posted on 12/11/2004 11:55:59 AM PST by DBeers
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To: gidget7

Except for a football game every so ofter, I haven't watched broadcast tv for well over 20 years, I can't stand the commercials and the programming stiks.

I have not wathced any broadcast news since President Reagan left office. I wouldn't give those SOBs the time of day.


23 posted on 12/11/2004 12:01:25 PM PST by wrathof59 (semper ubi sub ubi)
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To: nothingnew
I am a second class citizen, a white, hetero-sexual, Christian male ummmm!!!! YOU SAID A bad WORD!! Hey George23IQ. Are you reading this (or having it read to you) (George HATES the word "white") c(º: If you read the FBI crime stats, homos "bash" straights at the same percentage rate that straights "bash" homos. If you continue reading, they batter each other at a rate considerably HIGHER than that at which straights assault each other and the rate at which they assault homos. Those homos who were born female are the most violent with a domestic violence rate of like 30-40%. So who is committing the "hate crimes"? And if they don't respect each other, isn't it a bit unrealistic to demand that others so do? http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm#hate http://rabble.ca/in_their_own_words.shtml?x=21148 http://www.vaw.umn.edu/documents/glbtdv/glbtdv.html#id2634286 http://traditionalvalues.org/urban/four.php http://www.chronwatch.com/editorial/2002-06-03c.asp
24 posted on 12/11/2004 12:01:44 PM PST by dzzrtrock (When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat (Ronald Reagan))
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To: gidget7
In the wake of Shepard's death in 1998, then-President Clinton urged passage of a federal hate crimes bill that would include sexual orientation as a protected class. The bill has yet to pass...

hmmm... almost as if...

-better worded: "The proponents of the bill have yet to realize their immoral efforts homosexual agenda will never gain acceptance."

25 posted on 12/11/2004 12:02:06 PM PST by DBeers
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To: dubyaismypresident

So I guess I'm third class since I'd have to add "gun-totin', anti-abortion"?


26 posted on 12/11/2004 12:05:03 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Tuba Guy

Kouric looks suspiciously transexual, which probably explains the broad shoulder,the square jaw and the gay agenda.


27 posted on 12/11/2004 12:12:52 PM PST by citizencon
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To: gidget7
If Katie Couric can speculate about who are haters and created an atmosphere that lead to Shepherd's murder, well, I can speculate too. I speculate that Katie Couric created a atmosphere of hatred by her approval of the hatred and defamation men, Christians, normality, conservativism and America, that the two low-lifes who murdered Shepherd felt empowered that they too could hate and act out their violent fantasies and take the life of an innocent young man.

Why is my speculation any less valuable than Katie Couric's?

28 posted on 12/11/2004 12:40:37 PM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Breaded and deep fried in peanut oil.)
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To: Tuba Guy

How Do You Sleep At Night?


29 posted on 12/11/2004 12:43:57 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: Let's Roll

"We always let them frame the issues."*

DingDingDing. Winner comment.

*As well as the terms of the debate, and what all the words mean.


30 posted on 12/11/2004 1:36:05 PM PST by little jeremiah (What would happen if everyone decided their own "right and wrong"?)
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To: gidget7

I think that in general, the right has been remiss in not praising ABC News for thinking out of the box and actually reconsidering the Shepard killing.


31 posted on 12/11/2004 2:57:14 PM PST by L.N. Smithee (Liberals love minorities...as long as they stay in their place. Ask Ted Rall. Ask Harry Reid.)
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To: dzzrtrock

All very valid points. Unfortunately those are the points that don't get out.


32 posted on 12/11/2004 3:05:33 PM PST by gidget7 (God Bless America, and our President George W. Bush)
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To: L.N. Smithee

that is true! They have shown their own left side quite often, but that was a step up for them.


33 posted on 12/11/2004 3:13:09 PM PST by gidget7 (God Bless America, and our President George W. Bush)
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To: ZellsBells

They just don't make sense. None. They can't.

Because the set of beliefs they must sign up with is senseless, irrational, internally inconsistent, vile, hodge podge, and based on nothing except some peoples' mental vagaries, they are sinking deeper and deeper into very deep doo doo that is reminiscent of quicksand.

It's like when someone tells a lie - in order to support it, more lies must be told. Then more lies to support those, and so on. That way lies psychosis.

They're about at the point where all they can say to support their belief system is "I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE! (And if you don't you are an evil person)."


35 posted on 12/11/2004 4:29:30 PM PST by little jeremiah (What would happen if everyone decided their own "right and wrong"?)
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