Why Have Networks Stopped Reporting On LGBTQ Issues?

(photo credit: Pexels/Rosemary Ketchum)

(photo credit: Pexels/Rosemary Ketchum)

Taking a look at the media coverage of LGBTQ issues over the past ten years, the folks at RealClearPolitics (RCP) noticed a disconcerting trend.

Crunching the numbers from the Internet Archive’s Television News Archive, it seems the mention of the word “gay” or “gays” on cable news networks like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC has dropped dramatically.

Check out the graphic via RCP below.

While the topic of gay rights was a mainstay in the daily news cycle during the Obama administration, thanks in great part to the fight for marriage equality, since the 2016 presidential election “gay” or “gays” have become almost nonexistent on cable news networks.

The researchers considered that the networks might have shifted to using other terms – like LGBTQ, LGBT, lesbian, queer, or transgender – in recent years.

But, looking at the numbers, there wasn’t a big difference when factoring in those terms.

Perhaps the interest in gay rights has simply waned in the past three years? Could that be the issue?

Using Google Trends, the data shows lots of internet searches regarding LGBTQ issues since Trump’s inauguration.

Media Fellow Kalev Leetaru at RCP suggests that “a very mediagenic presidency has bombarded outlets with so many newsworthy stories that historically important topics like LGBTQ issues have been displaced from the news cycle.”

Certainly, that’s a possibility. Donald Trump and his administration have tended to ‘suck up all the oxygen’ in the daily news cycle on a regular basis.

Earlier this year, NewNowNext and Media Matters for America took a look at the number of LGBTQ stories during Pride Month on major news networks including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, and PBS.

Considering it was the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, there was an expectation of decent coverage, no?

In the end, Media Matters called the reporting “shallow and sparse,” especially in light of the fact that LGBTQ Americans make up approximately 4.5% of the U.S. population according to Gallup.

For LGBTQ representation to reach a level of 4.5% of newscasts, Media Matters determined CNN and MSNBC would need to increase coverage by a factor of five. And NBC and Fox News would need to ramp up queer reporting to 11-15 times what was televised during Pride Month.

It’s also worth noting that among the three Democratic primary debates so far, there’s been scant mention of LGBTQ issues.

One of the few LGBTQ-centric moments among the debates was Mayor Pete Buttigieg sharing his coming out story as an example of learning to trust his constituents.

Hopefully, the dearth of attention to these issues will be addressed (at least to some degree) when the Human Rights Campaign Foundation presents its LGBTQ town hall event, Power of Our Pride, to be co-hosted by CNN on October 10 beginning at 7pm ET.

Touted as “the largest-ever audience for a Democratic presidential town hall devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues,” HRC says the event will “mark the first time in history that a major cable news network will air a presidential event devoted to issues of importance to the LGBTQ community.”

Nine of the eleven qualifying candidates have now confirmed their participation: former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary Julian Castro, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Representative Beto O’Rourke, Businessman Tom Steyer and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Each candidate will get 30 minutes alone on stage with a moderator to answer questions from the audience.

Both Senator Bernie Sanders and Businessman Andrew Yang reportedly received invitations, but have not confirmed at this date.

Additionally, ten Democratic candidates (Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Sestak, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson) — will take part in an LGBTQ forum Friday night (September 20) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The event, sponsored by GLAAD, One Iowa, The Gazette and The Advocate, will be hosted by transgender actor Angelica Ross (POSE), and will be the first time such an event has taken place since November 2007.

(info & graphics via RealClearPoliticslead image via Pexels/Rosemary Ketchum)

Trump Supporters Violently Attack Media During Trump Rally

A violent Trump supporter shoved a BBC cameraman and starting yelling profanities during Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas, last night.

A violent Trump supporter shoved a BBC cameraman and starting yelling, “F*ck the media! F*ck the media!” during Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas, last night.

From NPR:

The BBC’s Ron Skeans was working in the area of a raised camera platform at Trump’s campaign event when, he says, a “very hard shove” came out of nowhere. At the time, Trump was touting recent economic numbers to a roaring crowd in the El Paso County Coliseum.

Skeans’ colleagues say the apparent attack came after repeated verbal assaults on the media during the event. The BBC says it is “clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job.”

“I didn’t know what was going on,” Skeans said, according to the BBC, describing the moment when his camera suddenly skewed down and away from the stage. Video footage showed a Trump supporter yelling obscenities as he was restrained and taken away from the area.

The incident was apparently so wild and noticeable that even Trump stopped to check and see if the cameraman was fine asking, “You all right? Everything OK?”

The BBC’s Washington news editor, Eleanor Montague, tweeted that Trump had whipped the crowd “into a frenzy against the media” prior to the attack.

Trump Attacks “Nasty Loser” White House Journalist, Suggests More Reporters Could Lose Credentials

Donald Trump continued his personal attacks on journalists this morning as he went on a rant regarding American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan saying she’s a “loser” who “doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

Ryan has been covering the White House for many, many years.

The Donald also mentioned other reporters may lose their White House credentials as CNN’s Jim Acosta did two nights ago.

Ironically, Trump says you should treat the presidency with “respect.”

He should try that sometime.

Later, he just called a reporter’s question “stupid:”

CNN Airs Video Montage Of Trump’s Verbal Attacks On The Media

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In response to a shooting at a Maryland newspaper which left 5 dead and many injured, President Donald Trump condemned violent attacks on the media.

The key word in that sentence is “violent” because clearly the Trumpster has long demeaned and fed incivility towards journalists.

CNN’s John Berman took time to recognize Trump’s history of verbal attacks on the media with a video montage.

Watch below.

Trump Takes A Swipe At Media During Houston Stop

After dropping into the Houston area for the day, Donald Trump took a cheap shot at the media who have been facing horrible conditions for over a week covering the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Among the many things I despise about the man, crap like this – taking the low road for no reason – make me embarrassed he’s the leader of this country.

Later, he told reporters that “As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing, I think, even for the country to watch.”

No, Donald, it’s been heartbreaking, awful and sad to watch people lose everything. Watch below.

Trump Takes A Swipe At Media During Houston Stop

After dropping into the Houston area for the day, Donald Trump took a cheap shot at the media who have been facing horrible conditions for over a week covering the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Among the many things I despise about the man, crap like this – taking the low road for no reason – make me embarrassed he’s the leader of this country.

Later, he told reporters that “As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing, I think, even for the country to watch.”

No, Donald, it’s been heartbreaking, awful and sad to watch people lose everything. Watch below.