Fox News's Roberts Calls Self-Described 'Liberal Democrat' a Conservative
Yesterday on Fox News's Special Report, senior national correspondent John Roberts did a segment on the controversy surrounding gay marriage. A version of his report also appears on the Fox News Web site. In it, Roberts interviewed a gay marriage proponent saying that young Republicans "overwhelmingly support the freedom to marry." And then:
Roberts: It isn't just young Republicans who are changing their minds. Conservative David Blankenhorn fought fiercely for Prop 8, California's measure to ban gay marriage. In June, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times with the headline: "How My View On Gay Marriage Changed". Blankenhorn is now fully in favor of same-sex marriage.
Blankenhorn may have "evolved" on gay marriage, but he cannot fairly be described as a conservative. In a September, 2008 opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, Blankenhorn starts: "I'm a liberal Democrat." A 2007 USA Today article noted ". . .Blankenhorn says he's a liberal Democrat." A few weeks ago in The Nation, Richard Kim wrote Blankenhorn is "a self-described liberal and Obama voter. . ."
Perhaps Roberts just assumes that anyone opposing gay marriage must automatically be a conservative. Years at CNN must have had its impact.