Target: CNN anchor Carol Costello
Goal: Thank news anchor for ending interview after guest made anti-gay comments
Carol Costello, a news anchor for CNN, abruptly ended an interview, with a spokesperson for the American Family Association after he maintained his anti-gay stance, being extremely offensive to viewers and the issues he was discussing.
The interview was with Bryan Fisher, the Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association. Fisher immediately opened the conversation with blatant homophobic and intolerant behavior. Costello’s first question specifically referred to an upcoming tolerance program that will take place at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Fisher claimed the program has a hidden agenda to normalize homosexual behavior in public schools.
The tolerance program called, Mix It Up At Lunch Day, is a national campaign which was launched by Teaching Tolerance over ten years ago. It asks students to move out of their comfort zones and talk to someone new over lunch. The website describes the program as an opportunity to encourage students to identify, question, and cross social boundaries; identifying the cafeteria as the place where these divisions are most clearly drawn.
After some more hateful comments Fisher began to say, “Homosexual behavior has the same health risks associated with….” at which point Costello decides she had had enough and cut off the interview. She explained that she was ending the interview because what Fisher was saying was just not true.
Through CNN anchor Carol Costello’s interview with Bryan Fisher it becomes so clear that anti-gay attitudes have no leg to stand on, and no place in the world. Sign the petition below to praise Carol Costello in her handling of Bryan Fisher’s anti-gay comments and applaud her for leading by example the way news media outlets should restrict bigotry on the air.
Dear Carol Costello,
Cutting off your interview with American Family Association spokesperson Bryan Fisher after repeated anti-gay comments is something to be very proud of. Comparing a program used to condone and promote diversity to the likes of poisoned Halloween candy, not only shows the intolerance that the American Family Association has, but is outright boorish.
Your use of Fisher’s own words against him, referencing Hitler in September of 2010, is reason enough to commend you. But the fact of ending the interview over this behavior is the reason we need more anchors like you in the media. The media outlets have an opportunity here to change for the better and to lead by example.
Intolerance of others should never be allowed, and especially not ignored, as media outlets often do in an attempt to remain unbiased. Thank you for your strength and courage to stand up to people as close-minded as Bryan Fisher. In essence, you have proven there still is hope in a world that often times discourages difference.
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