LOS ANGELES: The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
(GLAAD) campaigned behind the scenes last week to encourage media
outlets not to cover remarks by Baptist preacher Jerry Falwell regarding
culpability of gays, lesbians, feminists, and liberals in the terrorist
attacks on New York and Washington, DC.
"We right away put out a statement trying to dissuade media from
covering it at all," said GLAAD communications director Steve Spurgeon.
"We didn't want to give his comments the legitimacy that a news story
would give him."
Falwell's remarks were made during a September 13 broadcast of Pat
Robertson's conservative ministry show The 700 Club. He later issued an
Spurgeon said GLAAD contacted several outlets including CNN, which was
scrolling the story across its website. Within two hours, the banner was
removed, and as of September 17, the original story was not in CNN