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February 5, 2020

Pete Buttigieg Won but The Media Won't Call It, Instead They're Reporting Side Shows





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 So, Mr.Trump, what side dishes do you order with your KFC drum sticks? Aren't you concern Popeye might not like this?
         

The media in this nation is like the audience on a circus act that always sneaks into the show dress as Clowns. 
I will give a couple of examples.  Today the media is not giving headlines that Pete Buttigieg is the winner or presumptive winner but a homophobe woman freaked out not when she examines herself as a human being but when she found out Pete is gay like he just came out, it's freaky.
She was to be a voter for him in Iowa caucus but was asking to change her vote. Talk about a circus?

 Instead of showing the numbers available and that he is a winner to be ahead of Biden and possible Bernie Sanders whatever numbers you show they joke and laugh (NBC, MSNBC and what is so funny?   He is won after he's reached so high numbers of voters in a state that usually predicts the winner in the democratic party. And now they can't say he is the winner and that, will hurt him. 

It will hurt him when they report anything other but the news of what happened due to a primary caucus vote. That will hurt him. They did the same with a real crown by the name of Trump but in the opposite way. The Joe and Mika show loved to bring him on or call in. I stopped watching the show. "He is different and he wants change" they would say, right on both counts. 

Then Trump turned around and paid them one of his A* burning compliments and now they can't stand Trump. That is the media. They were in love with Trump until he won. The smartie pants with the media and communications degrees realized that he could win when he won, And he did. And allowed him to used them. Now Trump was kicking them in their teeth(CBS, CNN) out of the White House! Trump would preach to his special needs crowd that the media is corrupt, fake and we should not give them access. 

The joke was on them ((Media) and in the rest of the country.  When he came from behind with the help of the media putting their reporting on stupid emails that had been turned in already and calls from her cell (guess who does it now and is ok) and information they knew was coming from Putin. But the emails about meetings between the Trump family and staff and the Russians, those they could not find until he won. 
We are watching it! 

Pete Buttigieg, the candidate known for his unflappability but criticized for not showing more emotion, let his heart show Tuesday.
Relaying to New Hampshire voters the breaking news that he is leading in Iowa caucus returns, Buttigieg choked up when describing the significance of that for gay people and others who have felt excluded.
“It validates for a kid, somewhere in a community, wondering if he belongs, or she belongs, or they belong, in their own family, that if you believe in yourself and your country, there's a lot backing up that belief,” Buttigieg said. 
The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, did not come out as gay until 2015. He has said that he long believed he could either be out or be in politics, but not both. 

Mayor @PeteButtigieg chokes up in (possible) Iowa victory speech: “It validates for a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs or she belongs or THEY belong in their own family, that if you believe in yourself and your country, there is a lot backing up the belief.”



After his strong showing in Iowa, where the results are still being tabulated, the leader of a group that backs openly gay candidates said Buttigieg’s candidacy represents a revolution in American politics.
Annise Parker, head of LGBTQ Victory Fund, said Buttigieg is “upending traditional notions of electability and proving America is ready to elect its first openly gay president.”
Peter Buttigieg wearing a suit and tie: In Iowa, Pete Buttigieg addresses questions about low black support. Iowans are both trusting and skeptical.© Provided by Des Moines Register In Iowa, Pete Buttigieg addresses questions about low black support. Iowans are both trusting and skeptical.
A recent national USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll showed, however, some qualms remain about the electoral appeal of a gay candidate.
Being a gay man makes a candidate less appealing, according to 32% of Americans and 23% of Democratic voters. Half of Americans and two-thirds of the Democratic voters said it doesn't make a difference.
It made a big difference to one Iowa caucus goer, captured on video, who wanted to withdraw her support for Buttigieg after learning he’s married to a man.
“I don’t want anybody like that in the White House,” she said. “So can I have my card back?”
The precinct captain responded that she respects the other woman’s view but suggested she dig deep inside and ask if Buttigieg’s sexuality really matters.
“What I teach my son is, love is love and we’re all human beings,” she said. 

January 15, 2020

Fox News Questions Whether Pete Buttigieg is Gay, Maybe They Want to Give Him The Arab Test But his Husband Wont Stand For It!



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Mark Steyn, a frequent guest host for Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News, filled in for Rush Limbaugh this week and questioned whether out presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is actually gay.
Steyn also wanted to know if Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the only female candidate remaining with a chance of winning the nomination, is actually a woman. He dismissed candidate Andrew Yang, an Asian man, saying Yang “doesn’t count” as a person of color. 
Speaking of the lack of diversity in the upper tier of candidates following Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) announcement that he was dropping out of the race, Steyn attacked the Democratic Party as an “extreme geezer showdown.”
“Cory Booker has suspended his presidential campaign,” Steyn said. “So he’s gone. There are now no — I believe there are now no people of color left in the Democrat primary except Andrew Yang. And he’s Asian — so as we know from recent court decisions, that doesn’t count.”
“Mostly septuagenarian white men, although I believe Elizabeth Warren — oh yeah, she’s still in, she’s of course officially a person of color in that she was Harvard Law School’s first woman of color. So she’s — suck it up, minorities! This is what happens when you mortgage your future to the Democrat Party!”
“The great repository of diversity now is Elizabeth Warren! The first woman of color,” Steyn continued. “We know she’s, what is she, 1/1,054th of color? Actually, do we know she’s a woman? I mean, who’s to say that’s not all a big scam, too?” 
“And it’s just going to be a bunch of septuagenarian white guys up there, along with Mayor Pete. Do we, are we really sure he’s gay? I mean, he looks like some guy from the accountancy department. He doesn’t — that’s a very non-gay look. I don’t know.”
“Anyway, the whole thing is the diversity of the Democrat primary has completely vanished, now,” he concluded. “Cory Booker is out. I love it, it’s this, just like big extreme geezer showdown. It’s dancing with the coots. That’s basically what the Democrat primary has boiled down to.”
Steyn is Canadian.

August 17, 2019

Twitter Denied Gay Creators Ad and Now Have to Deal With a Lawsuit



                          





Chris Knight and Celso Dulay wanted to run an ad on YouTube marketing a special Christmas episode of their LGBTQ-focused YouTube show in December 2017. But after more than six days and several phone calls to YouTube’s advertising team, Knight and Dulay’s ad was denied for “shocking content.”

It wasn’t until January 2018, long after Christmas was over, and personal intervention from YouTube’s public affairs team, that Knight and Dulay say their ad was approved.

This “egregious” event is what led Knight and Dulay, who operate a YouTube news channel called GNews! that’s dedicated to covering LGBTQ issues, to launch a lawsuit against the company for discriminatory practices against LBGTQ+ people, who are “considered a protected group by California law,” Knight told The Verge. The Verge obtained an audio recording of the conversation between Dulay and two members of Google’s AdWords team, which confirmed Dulay and Knight’s statements. A YouTube spokesperson declined to comment on the recording. 

During the call, Dulay spoke with both a customer service representative and their manager about running the ad. The manager told Dulay that because the video contained “any content about sexuality or anything like that,” it would “actually violate the policies of AdWords under ‘shocking content.’” When Dulay pressed the manager on whether that meant “content about gay people” in general, he was told yes.

It wasn’t until Dulay and Knight got in touch with higher-ups at YouTube, including members of the company’s public affairs team, that anything changed. Dulay and Knight say they spoke to Alex Krasov, a Google public affairs lead, who told them that “sometimes we make mistakes, which is why we encourage creators to appeal when they encounter issues.”

“We were just utterly gobsmacked by that,” Knight said.

The incident acted as a last straw for Dulay and Knight, who looked into a possible lawsuit just a few months later. The two creators say they don’t blame YouTube’s office managers or representatives for attempting to follow the instructions they’re given. Instead, they’re angry that this could even happen because of the way the current policies are laid out.

“Because we’re a news organization we have some tools at our disposal,” Knight told The Verge. “But not everyone has those connections.”

“WE JUST THOUGHT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.”

Once YouTube’s team got in touch with Knight and Dulay, they “apologized profusely and promised to look into the matter.” During an off-the-record call, YouTube’s representatives told the duo that it was not part of their ethos to deny LGBTQ ads. Even upon promise of finding a solution, Knight and Dulay found themselves battling ongoing issues that affect the queer community on YouTube. They felt like their content wasn’t being recommended, and they continued to run into issues that were explicitly discussed on their call.


LGBTQ creators have been dealing with these issues for several years, and that’s what the lawsuit is meant to address. The lawsuit alleges that YouTube uses “unlawful content regulation, distribution, and monetization practices that stigmatize, restrict, block, demonetize, and financially harm the LGBT Plaintiffs and the greater LGBT Community.” The lawsuit also alleges that both YouTube’s machine learning moderation tools and human reviewers unfairly target channels that have words such as “gay,” “bisexual,” or “transgender” in the title. Those involved with the lawsuit, including trans creator Chase Ross, have spoken out about their concerns over unfair treatment for years.

“We’re really familiar with all of the situations and the experiences that people in our community are having with this platform,” Knight said. “We just thought enough is enough.”

It’s especially frustrating because YouTube allowed anti-LGBTQ ads to be run on queer creators’ videos last year. Not only did their video get initially rejected, Knight said, but they then watched as members of the community had to deal with harmful ads running across their own content. The dichotomy “angers us, and frustrates us, and bewilders us to no end,” Knight said.

“THEY JUST WEREN’T REALLY READY TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO US ABOUT SYSTEMIC CHANGE, WHICH IS WHAT WE WANT.”

Now, Knight and Dulay are spearheading a lawsuit that involves eight other YouTube creators. Their situation with the ad is still at the forefront of conversation, even though it doesn’t appear in the lawsuit itself. Peter Obstler, the lead attorney representing the proposed class action lawsuit, sat down with the legal team at YouTube and Google prior to the lawsuit being filed, according to Dulay, to try to have a conversation.

“He played the AdWords call for them and had a discussion about our experience,” Dulay said. “And they just weren’t really ready to sit down and talk to us about systemic change, which is what we want.”

February 27, 2019

Chinese Broadcaster Faces Criticism After Changing Reference to Homosexuality During Malek’s Speech





                                 

Chinese broadcaster Mango TV is facing criticism after its online transmission of the Oscars amended a reference to homosexuality in best actor winner Rami Malek's speech.
Accepting the award for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic of British rock act Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek said the film could help those struggling with their identity.
"We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself," the actor said.
But Mango TV, one of China's most popular channels, avoided using the words "gay man", instead of translating them as "special group".
The broadcaster has previously come under fire for censoring LGBT references in the Eurovision Song ContestThe mistranslation has generated significant reaction online. Tens of thousands of users of Sina Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging platform, shared screenshots of the broadcaster's coverage.
Prominent music blogger Linglei Guodu was among those to note the mistranslation.
"Mango TV translated 'gay man' as 'special group'", the blogger wrote on Weibo, alongside a screenshot of Mango TV's broadcast, in a post that has more than 14,000 shares.
"There are still so many people in today's society who show prejudice or discriminate by referring to so-called 'special people'," another user wrote.
"Even the word 'gay' can't appear on our screens, this is so sad."
"What on earth are they afraid of?" one asked.
Others noted previous incidents of censorship involving Mango TV.
Screenshot of Switzerland's Eurovision performance with a rainbow flag in the audience blurred out and circledImage copyrightMANGO TV
Image captionA screenshot from Mango TV shows a blurred rainbow flag in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest
In 2018, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) barred the Chinese broadcaster from airing the Eurovision Song Contest after it censored LGBT elements of the competition, including blurring audience members' rainbow flags.
The EBU said the censorship was "not in line with its values of universality and inclusivity and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music".
Mango TV has not responded to the criticism online.
Chinese authorities have embarked on a campaign in recent years aimed at purging content that it deems inappropriate.
In April, Weibo announced a move to ban gay content on its platform. But that decision was reversed following a massive outcry.

January 8, 2019

A Troll Posing as Gay in Twitter Advertises Pedophilia Causing A String of Anti Gay Viral Tweets



                                                                   



By Ben Collins
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Around Christmas Day, Karl Krause and Daan Colijn started receiving emails from their fans, telling them their pictures were being used to promote pedophilia in several viral posts on Twitter.
“They were outraged emails,” Krause said. “They were saying: ‘How can that be? You are not pro-pedophilia. I know that.’”
Krause and Colijn are gay travel bloggers who tell their followers of gay-friendly and LGBTQ-owned businesses and communities throughout the world. They had no idea their faces were being used to promote an idea they found abhorrent.
One of their pictures, which features Krause and Colijn kissing in front of a rainbow flag, had been stolen by a Twitter troll who went by the name “Alex,” an account that was created in December. The account then tweeted messages promoting pedophilia.
“It’s frustrating to see someone misusing our image for political purposes — basically supporting an argument against the LGBTQ community with our work,” Krause said.
The account successfully spread across Twitter the deliberately defamatory idea that pedophilia is an acceptable part of LGBTQ life. Over the last half-decade, that concept has become a staple of far-right internet trolls on websites like the fringe message board 4chan, and the troll’s message quickly gained internet traction.
Some far-right news websites wrote articles based on the tweet, including The Federalist Papers, which published a post with the headline, ”Resistance Member Says Pedophilia Is Sexual Orientation, Claims Bigotry.” One tweet from the troll’s account, which used the handle @vaceyi, stated that “Pedophilia is a sexual orientation, you bigots.” That tweet has drawn more than 16,000 replies and received attention on far-right parts of the internet, drawing scathing responses from right-wing commentator and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling and "pizzagate" conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, among others. They took the fake message seriously and used it to suggest that the LGBTQ community supports the sexual abuse of children.
“They are actually trying to argue that pedophiles are an ‘oppressed minority,’” Posobiec wrote on Twitter, attaching screenshots of @vaceyi’s tweets. “Many warned this day would come.”
Various efforts to tie the LGBTQ community to pedophilia have been linked back to 4chan, including the creation of a fake rainbow flag for Gay Pride Month that supposedly was designed to show acceptance of pedophilia. The flag and a fake “LGBT” acronym were debunked by the fact-checking organization Snopes. In 2016, a 4chan post stated “if they want to demand that society accept their horses--- identities, then it’s time we slip in one of our own” and implored users to “convince them pedos deserve rights too.”
Shortly after @vaceyi’s tweets went viral, one 4chan user posted Posobiec’s tweet mentioning the account, wondering if Posobiec knew that @vaceyi is a troll.
“Does [Posobiec] know he's being trolled by you guys and just going with it to look good? Or does he think the person tweeting this is serious?" the user asked.
The user behind @vaceyi did not respond to a request for comment. The @vaceyi account used strategies that have become common among efforts to spread misinformation and propaganda on social media, building up a small following by tweeting pro-LGBTQ hashtags and retweeting gay and lesbian aid organizations before sending the pro-pedophilia messages.
Krause said he and his followers repeatedly reported the @vaceyi account using his identity to Twitter, which insisted he provides proof of his identity. The account later changed its profile picture to a stock photo of two black men kissing.
Twitter permanently suspended @Vaceyi on Thursday night after NBC News asked about the account. Twitter rules do not allow the promotion of child sexual exploitation. The company's rules also bar impersonation and hateful conduct.
"This type of deliberate attempt to undermine and disrupt the health of the public conversation has absolutely no place on our service," a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "Coordinated activity of this nature — including running multiple accounts and adopting fake personae — is a violation of the Twitter Rules. We are aggressively taking action pursuant to our policies."
Zeke Stokes, the vice president of programs for the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, told NBC News that platforms need to work faster to cut down on this sort of defamation against the LGBTQ community.
“Social media platforms have the right and the responsibility to protect their products from being weaponized and their users from being targeted by those who wish to spread hate, misinformation and malicious rhetoric,” Stokes said. “Anti-LGBTQ leaders have long tried to surface these debunked lies about LGBTQ people despite the fact that our culture knows these fear tactics are blatantly false.”
Smears that have attempted to tie the LGBTQ community to pedophilia are decades old, according to Thomas G. Plante, a psychologist and professor at Santa Clara University who has studied the psychopathology behind pedophilia for more than 30 years. “The critical thing is that sexual orientation in and of itself is not a risk factor for psychopathology for anything, let alone pedophilia,” Plante said in an interview. “The majority of people who are pedophiles are step-fathers, older brothers, next door neighbors, or others like that. It has to do with access, impulse control problems, and other kinds of psychopathology.”
The recent spate of anti-science talking points about pedophilia from extremists “drives me kind of crazy,” Plante said.
“You’ve got plenty of people out there who are experts in this stuff, who treat and evaluate people,” Plante said. “All of that gets discarded because there’s someone out there who has an anonymous Twitter account who’s much louder.”
In the meantime, Krause said this experience has emboldened him to continue his work, showing spaces gay travelers can go without harassment throughout the world.
“We see our work as activism,” said Krause. “People should know about this part of our work. Don’t fall for this other thing. We try to tell people that we just want to be treated equally.”

August 9, 2017

Russian Court Blocks Gay Journalist's Deportation to Uzbekistan





A Moscow appeals court has temporarily blocked the deportation of a gay journalist to Uzbekistan, where rights groups had warned he could face imprisonment and torture.

The imminent expulsion of the journalist, Khudoberdy Nurmatov, to Uzbekistan, ranked by rights groups as one of the most repressive countries in the world and where homosexuality is illegal, has attracted international criticism and appeals to Russia to halt it. On Friday, the European Court of Human Rights ordered an emergency stay on Nurmatov's deportation.

The judge at the Moscow City Court today responded to that order, ruling that no deportation will take place until Nurmatov’s case has been examined by the European Court.

Nurmatov will now likely remain in a migrant detention center until the European Court ruling, one of his lawyers said. That could take between a year and 18 months, the lawyer, Tatiana Glushkova, told ABC News by phone.

Nurmatov, who writes under the pen name, Ali Feruz, works for the Russian investigative newspaper, Novaya Gazeta. He fled Uzbekistan several years ago after being tortured by the country's security forces, who had pressured him to become an informant, according to his lawyers. Nurmatov, who was born in Russia but grew up in Uzbekistan, returned to Moscow in 2011 but a year later lost his passport, leaving him undocumented.

He has appealed for asylum in Russia but was rejected and last week police arrested him as walked to work at the newspaper. He has been held at the detention center since a lower court ruled that he be expelled to Uzbekistan.

Human rights groups have warned that Nurmatov would likely face imprisonment and torture if he returned to Uzbekistan, given that he is openly gay and has been harassed by Uzbekistan’s security services.

“It’s not a death sentence, but it’s very close to it,” Denis Kriovsheev, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Europe and Central Asia, told ABC News on Monday of the potential deportation. “It’s very dangerous baggage to take back to Uzbekistan,” he said.

Thousands of people are held as political prisoners in Uzbekistan, according to a report from Human Rights Watch, and torture is well-documented. The country’s LGBT community faces significant harassment; sex between men is a criminal offense, punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment. An HRW report earlier this year found police extorted gay men by threatening to imprison them or publicly out them.

In court today, Nurmatov told reporters he believed the efforts to deport him were connected with his journalistic work, saying the troubles began after he published an article on elections in Uzbekistan. He said he feared a “slow painful death” awaited him in Uzbekistan, his newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, reported. 

 
Khudoberdy Nurmatov, who writes for Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper under the pen name Ali Feruz, right, sits as his mother Zoya Nurmatova, left, gestures in a court room in Moscow, Russia.

The European Union’s human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, earlier this week called on Russia to release Nurmatov.

“International law prohibits sending a person to a country where there are substantial grounds for believing that the person may be subjected to torture or ill-treatment,” Muiznieks wrote in a Facebook post last Wednesday. Nurmatov has filed a new temporary asylum application in Russia but his lawyer Glushkova said she feared it would be rejected again.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow is aware of the case but told reporters in a briefing it was “very complicated” and that migration violations by Nurmatov couldn’t be ignored.

Russia was already under scrutiny for the treatment of its LGBT community, after reports emerged early this year that authorities in the semi-autonomous Russian republic of Chechnya were systematically rounding up and torturing dozens of gay men.

Nurmatov’s newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, was instrumental in uncovering those detentions in Chechnya, for which it has since received death threats.

Chechnya’s president, Ramzan Kadyrov, has denied the reports by asserting that there aren’t any gay men in Chechnya. After an international outcry, the Kremlin pledged to investigate but has since been accused of trying to shield the Chechen authorities.

Today’s decision is a reprieve for Nurmatov, but he will likely now remain in detention for some time. Tatiana Glushkova, his lawyer, said that the European Court had prioritized his case, meaning it should be processed within a year to 18 months. If the court upholds that Nurmatov cannot be deported to Uzbekistan, Glushkova said, the hope is Russia will release him and a European country will offer him asylum. She said one European country had already offered to help.

“I did hope that Ali will be released today and when I received the information that it didn’t happen, I was really upset,” Glushkova said by phone. But she said she was very relieved by the ruling, which she said meant Russia had recognized the European Court decision and that Nurmatov was not in Uzbekistan.

“Plan minimum has been implemented. Now plan maximum is released Ali and remove him to a third country,” she said.

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    August 3, 2017

    Main Media Refuses to Cover The Deaths and Persecution of Gays in Chechnya









    In the four months since The New York Times first reported that authorities in Chechnya “were arresting and killing gay men,” evening cable and evening broadcast news programming has virtually ignored the story. Between April 1 and July 31, there were only three significant mentions in total across six networks -- two news packages and one brief exchange -- about the ongoing human rights abuses.
    On April 1, The New York Times reported that “Chechen authorities were arresting and killing gay men.” Citing independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the Times’ Andrew Kramer wrote that “men were detained ‘in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such,’” and that “more than 100 gay men had been detained” so far. The report added that Novaya Gazeta “had the names of three murder victims, and suspected many others had died in extrajudicial killings,” and it noted that authorities posed “as men looking for dates” on social networking sites to lure in victims. Many gay men have fled the region as a result. The Timesreport quoted a spokesperson for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov who denied the existence of gay people in Chechnya, calling the reports “absolute lies and disinformation.” “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” he said. Kadyrov has since been interviewed for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel by reporter David Scott, and according to The Washington Post, during the conversation, he “laugh[ed] dismissively at questions about the allegations” and said that gay men “are not people”:
    In his interview with Scott, Kadyrov initially laughs dismissively at questions about the allegations. “Why did he come here?” he says to someone off camera. “What's the point of these questions?” But as Scott presses him, Kadyrov talks angrily about the reporters and activists who write about LGBT rights in Chechnya.
    “They are devils. They are for sale. They are not people,” he says. “God damn them for what they are accusing us of. They will have to answer to the almighty for this.”
    Media Matters analysis of CNN's, MSNBC's, and Fox News’ weekday evening programming from 5-11 p.m. and ABC's, CBS', and NBC’s flagship evening news programs -- both weekend and weekday -- found virtual silence across the networks regarding the abuse of LGBTQ people in Chechnya. There were only three significant mentions of the story across all six networks between April 1 and July 31 and one short exchange in a broader discussion about the United States’ position on human rights around the world.


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    Over the last four months, CNN was the only cable network to air a full segment dedicated to the subject, as well as one brief exchange during a separate interview. A special April 24 evening edition of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper aired a package in which reporter Matthew Chance covered the subject. During the May 4 edition of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, there was also a brief exchange between host Anderson Cooper and guest Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in which Cooper mentioned German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s request to Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene and help protect gay people in the country. McCain did not comment on the atrocities in Chechnya specifically during the exchange.
    Of the three broadcast flagship programs, there was no significant mention of Chechnya’s abuses on weekdays. On April 23, however, the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News devoted a segment to the topic featuring reporter Lucy Kafanov. 
    During the segment on The Lead, host Jake Tapper noted that the story was not “getting enough attention,” and Matthew Chance reported that the journalist who broke the story was “fleeing the country” after she received threats for her reporting. He also said that at least five other reporters at her newspaper have been killed since 2000 “in mafia-style hits.” The package also featured video of a victim speaking out about what Chance described as “horrifying abuse,” detailing the torture by authorities:
    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They tied wires to my hand and put metal clippers on my ears to electrocute me. When they shock you, you jump high above the ground. [via Nexis]
    NBC’s report also featured interviews with a victim of the abuse in Chechnya, as well as another journalist from Novaya Gazeta. The victim, who used a pseudonym, detailed being “dragged … out of a car,” beaten, and told that “gays shouldn’t exist in Chechnya.” NBC's Kafanov added that in addition to the reporting by Novaya Gazeta, the abuses had been corroborated by human rights groups.
    Prominent world leaders have spoken out against the human rights abuses in Chechnya, including Merkel and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron. Major human rights groups such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Amnesty Internationaland Outright International have also launched campaigns in support of LGBTQ Chechens. Despite this international condemnation -- and human rights groups’ calls for President Donald Trump to comment -- the president has not spoken publicly about the allegations or condemned Chechnya’s actions. It should be noted that newly appointed United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert have issued statements on the reports.
    Chechnya’s brutal attacks against and murders of queer men in the region have become an international human rights issue, but the American public would not know that by watching the evening news. Though NBC's and CNN’s pieces provided solid reporting, one package on each network's evening programming over a four-month span is not enough, and the utter silence of ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox News does a disservice to their viewers.

    Methodology:

    Media Matters searched Nexis transcripts of CNN's, MSNBC's, and Fox News’ weekday 5-11 p.m. programming between April 1 and July 26 for mentions of the words “Chechnya” or “Chechen” or “Kadyrov” or “Russia” within 20 words of the terms “gay” or “LGBT” or “homosexual” or “lesbian” or “bisexual.” Media Matters also searched Nexis transcripts for those terms appearing on ABC's, CBS', and NBC’s nightly news programs ABC World News TonightCBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News, including the Saturday and Sunday editions of those shows. Media Matters also searched iQ media for those terms appearing on MSNBC’s 6 p.m. programming and the weekend broadcast news shows.
    Mentions of those terms were included in the analysis if the human rights abuses of gay, bisexual, and queer men in Chechnya were mentioned as the state.

     BRENNAN SUEN

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