National Media Watchdog Mag Publishes May-Chang’s
“IDAHOMOPHOBIA”

The May 2011 issue of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR’s) magazine Extra! is now hitting newsstands and includes Idahomophobia; In a conservative media market, anti-LGBT bias still thrives. Idaho independent journalist, Jody May-Chang, explores the most extreme stories where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been misrepresented, vilified and dehumanized by Idaho media.

May-Chang writes:

“Idaho coverage suffers from a lack of diverse sources, unchallenged arguments, sensationalized and even contrived stories that perpetuate LGBT stereotypes and misinform the public. LGBT issues here are generally undercovered, and outspoken homophobes have been given prominent platforms in local media (see The Fischer Files, may-chang.com). But perhaps the most egregious reporting comes when presumed criminality is involved.”

Jody May-Chang Idahomophobia FAIR Extra! May 2011Extra! accepts NO outside advertising–so your support is vital to continuing FAIR’s work of presenting well-documented media criticism.Get a your subscription HERE!

The May 2011 issue will not be fully available online until August 2011. Order your copy HERE! Just $4.95 and includes shipping.

FAIR is a progressive national media watch group that offers well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. Working to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press, FAIR scrutinizes media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints, exposes neglected news stories and defends working journalists when they are muzzled.

Thank the Idaho media for Bryan Fischer’s national celebrity

COMMENTARY
By Jody May-Chang ©2010

Bryan Fischer AFA FRC ActioinBryan Fischer is well-known in Idaho. To some he is a hero of “family values,” but to many he is a living, breathing example of what is wrong with America. Fischer is the pitchman for contempt and the poster boy for intolerance. The man’s obsession with and hatred of homosexuals is well documented, but recently he has been gaining national attention.

Fischer’s visceral scorn for gays was rarely, if ever, challenged by the Idaho news media that ran to him for a quote as if he was the anointed representative of all that is Christian in Idaho. He was essentially considered a “balanced” voice to oppose gays in Idaho.

Fischer is now climbing into the national spotlight to brand homosexuals and others who don’t fit into his narrow view of the world as threats that should be locked up or perhaps even executed. This past year, he was hoisted into the national spotlight when he was included in MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person segment for his xenophobic rant that called on banning Muslims from the serving in the U.S. military following the Fort Hood tragedy.

More recently Fischer has been calling for the national criminalization of homosexuality, comparing gays to everything from IV drug users to murderers. This fact was brought out by Fox News’s Alan Colmes who called out Bryan Fischer on is daily radio show.

Colmes did what no reporter or editor in Idaho had the common sense, guts, or journalistic integrity to do when it came to Bryan Fischer – Colmes held him accountable for his words and pressed him with hard questions! Continue reading