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I have to call the producers at CNBC’s Capital Report today. When I arrived home to watch the pre-taped show I did last night with Elizabeth Birch of the Human Rights Campaign, she was labeled on screen as “Favors Gay Rights,” while I was labeled as “Opposes Gay Rights.” This is a little like seeing your face with the words “Opposes Clean Air” on it. It’s not like CNBC is alone on this — the major networks (except one) all have this habit of describing social conservatives as “Gay Rights Opponents,” but it’s far too vague and too demeaning, as if I oppose the right of gays to vote or drive or anything else. Birch didn’t get a snippy label like “Favors Smashing Monogamy,” so let’s demand some balance, huh?

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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