05-06-2007, 11:34 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Originally Posted by glbt_equality
thanks especially to Dash and Zerbie, whose thoughful input and research the final version of this letter will hinge upon.
You may be interested to know my feelings, that the resources that you constitute -- in my opinion -- make most Presidential speech-writing teams pale by comparison!
Bwah! Ya tellin' me I could get PAID for this stuff? Hmmmm. :
Is the general concensus to keep this in the CBS family for now, or to go ahead and publish to various other news sources and human rights organizations as well?
Troy, I would write two separate letters for that purpose. One is a specific matter with KYTX, the complaint about the innaccuracy of their portrayal of the issue as you observed and were involved with. The letter to other venues can take the form of a letter to the editor or an op-ed submission, in which you describe clearly the purpose and effect of the legislation, and dispel the unfortunate falsehoods that have been disseminated about it.
While I am a fairly recent resident of East Texas, my friends and associates all agree this is one of the most hostile regions in the country with regards to LGBT liberties. They're in agreement that the local news stations have demonstrated a longstanding bias, so my feeling is that a positive response is unlikely.
Sure. I lived in TX, and my sense is that's an accurate assessment. But give it the old college try first, and give them a chance to respond. I think you need to discover if the misrepresentation was deliberate, or an unfortunate result of widespread ignorance. If it turns out to be deliberate, then I can certainly see why the LGBT community needs to exercise particular caution in their dealings with this station (which isn't to say you should keep quiet about how the present scenario played out either. Just. Give things a chance to resolve for the better before pulling out all the stops.)
I'm in the process now of synthesizing your various and excellent ideas, and will keep you posted.
Please do! Eager to see the next version! (This site is an excellent resource: a few weeks ago I emailed Daniel a draft of a letter I was working on regarding hate crimes legislation, and he made it MUCH better. I was so glad I waited for feedback before sending it.
Never linger too long with the ignorant,
throw stones at their talk.
Walk only with the lovers,
the mirror of the soul gets rusty when
dipped in muddy water.