Despite the fact that liberals believe that Fox News Channel is a relentlessly conserative channel, when it comes to homosexuality, opponents are actually mocked and told they're “out of touch.” The gay blog Truth Wins Out rejoiced that the December 30 edition of the FNC overnight show Red Eye was mocking “anti-gay wingnuts.” Host Greg Gutfeld generally tries to mix humor into his commentary, but this was clearly Whack the Religious Right Night for him:
They're here, they're queer, and the Family Research Council refuses to get used to it. Nor would the Concerned Women for America, love them. [Laughter] As a result, both groups are refusing to attend the DC-based Conservative Political Action Conference this February, due to the fact the righty group GOProud has been invited, because they're evil sodomites...
Meanwhile, like-minded gay-haters applaud the move. Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality – you know their meetings are shirtless – said 'Shame on CPAC for defending the absurd proposition that one can be 'conservative' while embracing moral surrender.” Oddly, he said that while shaving his chest. Yes.
Gutfeld couldn't simply disagree -- he had to employ the classic smear that if you're anti-gay, you must be gay and self-loathing. He continued: "This guy LaBarbera – which is Spanish for 'The Barbara' – compares inviting a pro-gay group to inviting a pro-abortion group. To me, that makes no sense whatsoever."
He asked: "Why do people care so much?" Bill Schulz joked: "Because they are gay. They are absolutely gay."
Gutfeld then did his best imitation of Pauline Kael, the New York film critic who said in 1972 that she didn't know anyone who voted for Richard Nixon. Somehow, in his urbane locale, nobody cares about wacky concepts like the judgment of God or the Bible: "Maybe it's because I live here, but I don't see anybody – I don't remember anybody in my circle who gives a damn about what goes on in people's bedrooms." He added "I lived in small towns...vibrant gay communities in every small town. So these people are out of touch."
Gutfeld's panel was unanimously hostile to the religious right -- Dana Vachon of the Daily Beast, Joe DeVito, Schulz, and FNC's Kimberly Guilfoyle, who used to be married to Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, who has somehow managed to be pro-gay and in favor of banning Happy Meals. Guilfoyle underlined the idea that to have a debate is to debase society:
GUTFELD: What should CPAC do about these conservative moralists who just can't believe that gays have a right to be there?
GUILFOYLE: Pretend that they never even made a statement about it, honestly, if they address it, they're giving some kind of validity to their position. I think they're being divisive. It's not helpful. They should participate, if they want their voices to be heard, and actually should show up.