October 29, 2010
by Andy Kelley
New Media Organizer, Courage Campaign
GLAAD has the details:
issued an on-air apology in response to GLAAD’s request that the station take responsibility for an appalling eight-minute, anti-gay segment that appeared on Wednesday morning’s newscast. The segment originated on-the-air of radio partner KTBB 92.1 FM and was simulcast on KETK. On Thursday, October 28, KTBB President Paul Gleiser issued a written apology on behalf of the station.
From Dave Tillery, General Manager, KETK:
“We are sorry for any offense that was taken.” In other words, “we’re sorry if YOU have a problem with what we said.”
That’s almost word-for-word what KTBB Talkback said yesterday in its apology. As many of you noted in the comments yesterday, Talkback’s “apology” not only lacked sincerity, it continued to expound the homophobic notions stirred up by their segment.
As Fiona wrote in the comments last night, it would have been far better for the apology to read: “We regret any offense that we caused.”
KTBB’s apology also included a litany of right-wing scare tactics about gays in our society, exposing fear, and false conceptions, to further their own beliefs. They went on to say they realized some areas weren’t open for discussion, such as homosexuality in general, but that certain political issues could be discussed, such as “The proper role, IF ANY, for openly gay individuals in the military.” If any? If ANY?
But that’s not the end of the story. Late last night, KETK filed a copyright claim for the rights of the video of their segment posted to Youtube. It would be too much to hope this was a sign of remorse, as opposed to an attempt to further obfuscate their actions from public scrutiny. (Fortunately a flash version of the video can still be viewed here on our site.)
As for NBC Universal, KETK’s parent company, one has to wonder why they have yet to address the actions of their East Texas affiliate. I for one, think it’s past time for action.