A media watchdog group finds no surprise among those the Gay
& Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has named to its
annual list of media award nominees.
The New Yorker magazine and CNN are among the group's
top nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. According to
Matt Philbin, managing editor of the Culture and Media
Institute at the Media Research Center, many of the nominees
play into the traditional media's pro-"gay" agenda. He also says
CNN, a GLAAD corporate partner, earned eight nominations from the
"Obviously Anderson Cooper is openly gay, and
also another anchor -- Don Lemon -- is openly gay and he was
awarded the GLAAD Outstanding Citizen Award last year," he points
out. "So there's quite a little relationship here between CNN and
MRC reports that GLAAD has appeared in 41 CNN network stories
and 43 CNN.com pieces over the past two years. Philbin finds that
statistical information revealing.
"I can't think of too many other instances in which a
journalistic endeavor would be essentially in cahoots with a group
that's an advocacy group," he comments.
Philbin says it is a serious ethical concern for a media outlet
to have such close ties to any advocacy group.
GLAAD states the awards are meant to recognize and honor media
for outstanding images of the gay and lesbian community. The
winners will be announced March 16 in New York and at ceremonies in
April and May in Los Angeles and San Francisco.