Tuesday, September 04, 2012

NOM pushing distorted video of Brown/Savage debate

In the middle of one of his infamously long-winded monologues, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown tried to change history with regards to how his debate went with Dan Savage:

Meanwhile, I have to thank Frank Schubert, NOM's National Political Director, for his account of my debate with Dan Savage, which Frank called "The Smackdown in Seattle!"
The debate lasted just over an hour. Some of you have already watched it in its entirety. But I realize that not everyone has the time in their busy schedule to watch the full debate, so I went through the video and picked out about ten minutes of highlights. Please take a few minutes to watch.
What you will see is a passionate, reasoned, articulate defense of marriage, and a presentation of the profound public good it serves. You will see Brian demolish Dan Savage's arguments that the bible cannot be believed when it comes to marriage. You will see Brian make a case about the inherent nature of marriage, and how that nature cannot be altered. It is what it is and it cannot be redefined. Gay "marriage" can never exist, Brian explains, because marriage is intrinsically the union of one man and one woman.

For those who don't know, Frank Schubert is the NOM strategist behind pushing the inaccurate idea that marriage equality will harm children. That hyperbolic belief has been the key to victories against marriage equality in places like California and Maine.

Schubert pushes this lie even though he has a lesbian sister who is raising a child with her partner. So that gives you an impression of his integrity or lack thereof.

You will also notice that Schubert claimed to have edited the video of the Savage/Brown debate to its "highlights." Schubert's video of highlights is comprised of showing Brown in the most positive light while making it seem that Savage said absolutely nothing:

I guess when you can lie that gays want to harm children, you can lie about anything else.

Related post - NOM's Brian Brown becomes accidental ally for marriage equality through a slip of the tongue 

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Uncle Gerry said...

Brian Brown has his head stuck so far up his A** that he would not recognize the truth if it bit him in said A**.

Kathy Baldock said...

How convenient for NOM. THis probably is the best ten minutes, sadly. Brown's demeanor SCREAMS discomfort and a disingenuous heart.

Chris said...

Are you surprised? Of course NOM will distort its video. They don't even have the video for public commet on youtube, opting for their own version on their blog where they can monitor the discourse

Steve - Bos said...

In accepting Savage's invitation back in May, Brian Brown wrote this: 

"I have no objection to Mark Oppenheimer from the New York Times covering the discussion, nor to you hiring your own video crew to film the event, provided that I am able to hire my own video crew to be sure there is no creative editing of the discussion. Not that a New York Times reporter would slant the news, mind you!"

Evidently Brian's feelings about creative editing have changed quite a bit.