Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Boston Legal: "Do Tell"; NBC Dateline interviews Larry Craig
Tonight (Oct. 16, 2007) network television had two major “events” regarding GLBT issues.
“Boston Legal” presented a somewhat clumsy dramatization (the episode is called "Do Tell") of a 4-star Army general suing to overturn the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” in a Massachusetts state court. It belongs in federal court, but Judge Brown runs around in circles and finally strikes it down. The General had outed himself after learning that his son is gay. He admits that he has enforced “don’t ask don’t tell” in his job himself. One observation made by the lawyers is that all the presidential candidates refuse to talk about it. In fact, all of the Democratic candidates have supported repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” in the debates, most of all in the Logo network debate.
There was also an unrelated custody case over a boy allowed to bullfight like a matador.
NBC Dateline had a special report with Matt Lauer interviewing Idaho Senator Larry Craig, about the “bathroom bust” at the Minneapolis airport. He claims that he was “profiled” or that his mannerisms were profiled. He also claims that the bloggers and media jumped on him without looking at the facts. He delayed even telling his wife, he says, thinking that the guilty plea to a reduced charge would make it go away. When he was arrested, he almost resisted out of disbelief, and could have been taken to jail. Mrs. Craig was present and the interview appeared to occur in his Idaho home. At one point, he said that he doesn't use the Internet himself and doesn't keep up well with the amateur press, which can ambush him. He waffled when questioned about the gay lifestyle.
ABC Nightline presented San Francisco bubble blogger Patrick Killilea, (link to his blog) with his doomsday scenarios for the real estate crash. He claims the stock market always outperforms real estate. Ask Donald Trump.