At 5PM Eastern time, proudly anti-LGBT pundit Tony Perkins will begin a new radio show on the American Family Association's network of stations. Airing just after fellow voice of hostility Bryan Fischer, Perkins' daily program is expected to feature that that same buttoned up accessibility that lands him cable news gigs blended with the penchant for saying outrageous things that has given him one of the lengthiest profiles on GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project. This combo is a particularly potent one, as the former solidifies his connections within prominent political and media channels while the latter highlights the crucial need for mainstream conservatives to acknowledge and reoncile the dangerous rhetoric that most always peppers the advocacy of socially conservative groups and voices. We must help with the reconciliation process.
We will liveblog Tony's inugural episode beginning promptly at 5PM ET, hopefully filling in whatever holes Tony forgets to himself fill, capturing whatever misinformation he chooses to shape, and connecting it all back to his most cherished anti-LGBT agenda. Come back then and join what is sure to be a rollicking good time.
(all times Eastern)
3:25PM: Guest list just announced: "On the inaugural edition of Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, two conservative leaders in Congress will join Tony to discuss the fiscal state of the nation. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) will offer his perspective from the Senate, and the impact of inaction on America's families. Republican Study Committee Chairman, Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) will join the show to discuss the long-term solutions that House conservatives are offering." So it doesn't seem like it will be overtly anti-LGBT, but I'm sure we'll find our moments.
4:47PM: Tony's show is livestreaming at TonyPerkins.com. You can listen in there (or at the AFA's site)
5PM: And here we go! Tony kicks off with a snazzy theme song "Route 66" by Barrie Gledden and Richard Kimmings
5:06: Tony says that his show is going to feature FRC staffers. People like Peter "export/Criminalize the gay" Sprigg, perhaps?
5:07: Tony says th show will be "unapologetically Christian." All apologies to pro-equality Christians.
5:08: Tony invites us to be part of the conversation. Judging by Twitter, GLAAD is currently leading the convo about his show. So thanks for the welcome mat, Tony!
5:10: Tony talks about "marriage penalty" attached to fiscal cliff deal. Ironic, considering Tony supports nothing but penalties when it comes to same-gender couples' marriages.
5:11: Tony said we should be encouraging marriages, not discouragin them. Exactly, Tony—stop messing with mine!
5:12: First guest is Rep. Steve Scalise, who has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign
5:13: Rep. Scalise begins by talking up the Family Research Council's "important work"
5:14: Talk returns to financial "marriage penalty." Ask Edie Windsor about that.
5:16: Rep. Scalise was an author of the so-called Federal Marriage Amendment. Perfect first guest for a Tony Perkins production.
5:18: Tony descrying wasteful spending. How much has FRC wasted on fighting LGBT people since 1983? How much congressional time have they helped to waste?!
5:20: FIRST BREAK. Because even the most dedicated "Washington Watchers" must rest.
5:22: Tony returns with promise to get to callers in a minute. (888-589-8840)
5:24: Tony teases tomorrow's show, which will feature Mike Huckabee. Huckabee is one of the only people who rivals Tony in terms of demonstrated animus coupled with access.
5:25: Tony talking about the "huge influx" of business that Chick-fil-A received after making anti-LGBT comments. Fails to mention the obvious damage that the whole thing has done to the company's reputation, something that stretches far beyond one day sales.
5:26: Tony is defiant against the idea that far-right social conservatism is a losing position. Well of course he is—he collects a six figure salary off of it!
5:28: Tony says conservative base is motivated by social issues, even as polls (and more and more actual Republicans) say otherwise.
5:30: Tony returns to the idea that we cannot stop focusing on marriage because married people are better off financially. If he truly believes this, it makes his anti-equality stances that much more outrageous.
5:32: The spin is quite disgusting. Tony just spent two or three minutes talking about marriage and the social issues attached but never once mentioned he and FRC's anti-gay bread and butter in terms of marriage advocacy.
5:34: Reminder: This is the kind of stuff Tony says about LGBT people, our rights, and our marriages
5:36: Note of constructive critism—Tony really needs a guest or a cohost. These long filibusters are a little lifeless. Tony's style is too "punditry," which works better in soundbites than it does in monologue.
5:38: We're going to a break and then we have Sen. David Vitter. You know what this "family values" guy is most know for, right? Google it, if not.
5:40: SECOND BREAK. While we're waiting, let's look at some things Sen. Vitter has said about LGBT people. Wiki:
In 2003, Vitter proposed to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. In 2004, he said, "This is a real outrage. The Hollywood left is redefining the most basic institution in human history...We need a U.S. Senator who will stand up for Louisiana values, not Massachusetts’s values." In June 2006, he said "I don't believe there's any issue that's more important than this one ... I think this debate is very healthy, and it's winning a lot of hearts and minds. I think we're going to show real progress." In 2006, he told The Times-Picayune, “I’m a conservative who opposes radically redefining marriage, the most important social institution in human history.”
In October 2005, at a Lafayette Parish Republican Executive Committee luncheon, Vitter compared gay marriage to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which came through the same geographical areas. Vitter said "It's the crossroads where Katrina meets Rita. I always knew I was against same-sex unions."
5:43: Vitter goes after Harry Reid for making a "knuckledhead" statement about Hurricane Katrina. See above Wiki for Sen. Vitter's own comments trivializing the Katrina/Rita suffering.
5:44: Tony just mentioned "accountability." Something tells me he doesn't mean GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project
5:46: Probably goes without saying that HRC also gives Vitter a 0%
5:47: The senator's time is already up. Not even ten minutes. Must have had a gay wedding to attend? They are legal in DC, you know.
5:49: Phone call time.
5:51: Sue from Texas says that "total goofoffs" get the best government promotions. Tony concurs: "I saw that firshand when I worked as sheriff deputy."
5:52: Tony bemoaning expansion of government. Just pretend like DOMA, which FRC largely masterminded, doesn't exist.
5:56: Paul from Texas asks if there is any room for middle ground on certain issues. Tony responds by promoting the book he wrote with the very anti-gay Harry Jackson. So his answer is no, basically (even though he said yes).
5:58: Tony ends show by saying it's not the gun that causes tragedies but rather the "enviroment that created the individuals." Says we need to know "what we are doing that gives rise to people that have no concience." This is a concerning thing for him to say, considering the low regard he has demonstrated for LGBT people and our consciences, and the load of dangers he has laid at our movement's feet.