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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Importance of Having a Gay Columnist on the Opinion Pages of the New York Times

Posted by on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 8:55 AM

In 2009 Frank Rich and I talked about why there wasn't a gay opinion columnist at the New York Times. One of the names we tossed around: Frank Bruni, who joined the opinion page in 2011. The struggle LGBT equality is the civil rights movement of our time and today Bruni demonstrated the critical importance of having a gay opinion columnist at the nation's paper of record:

Every year around this time, many conservatives rail against the “war on Christmas,” using a few dismantled nativities to suggest that America muffles worship.

Hardly. We have God on our dollars, God in our pledge of allegiance, God in our Congress. Last year, the House took the time to vote, 396 to 9, in favor of a resolution affirming “In God We Trust” as our national motto. How utterly needless, unless I missed some insurrectionist initiative to have that motto changed to “Buck Up, Beelzebub” or “Surrender Dorothy.”

Readers were treated to a laugh this morning that no straight opinion columnist could've provided them with. And this recent Bruni column calling Bill Clinton out on DOMA—passed on Clinton's watch, signed by Clinton the middle of the night, and campaigned on by Clinton during his reelection effort in 1996—was hugely important too.


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because it is all about the buttfucking.

but a gay columnist barely scratches the surface.

we need a lesbian. WE DEMAND A LESBIAN.

add Trans. and whatever letters there are in GLTBxyzzzz.....
Posted by you are, as always, full of shit. on December 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
The nativity is a myth. Shot fired!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM · Report this
Hear, hear. Without Bruni we gays of a certain age would be bereft of nationally-credible punditry studded with Judy and Barbra references. Thank gawd for Frank. (Srsly, that DOMA column was just beautifully done - thanks for linking to it.)
Posted by gloomy gus on December 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM · Report this
I just read both columns, and they were both beautifully written.

The difference between someone like Bruni and someone like Michelle Malkin: both will have their detractors, but it would be hard to deny the intelligence and substance of Bruni's remarks.
Posted by Clayton on December 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM · Report this
I'm a regular old straight guy and the fact that Scalia and Thomas get to decide rights for other human beings frightens and offends me.…
Posted by DrSlipnSlide on December 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM · Report this
What was hugely important was Bruni's horrendous reporting on W for the New York Times in 2000.
Posted by cgd on December 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Hey, here's a thought. How about a lesbian columnist?
Posted by Jane Eaton Hamilton on December 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM · Report this
Canadian Nurse 8
@7 Aren't lesbians gay?
Posted by Canadian Nurse on December 12, 2012 at 7:53 AM · Report this

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