TX radio station apologizes for ‘downfall’ segment
A Texas television station located about an hour west of Louisiana is under fire this week after one of its recent morning show segments asked whether gays and lesbians were to blame for an eventual downfall of modern society.
CLIP: “THIS IS KETK TODAY.” “WILL THE ACCEPTANCE OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN THIS SOCIETY BE THE DOWN FALL OF AMERICA?”
KETK is the NBC affiliate serving East Texas with the slogan “New You Won’t See Anywhere Else.” Gay activists may be thinking that’s a blessing. Every weekday morning the station’s news team partners with a local radio station — KTBB — for a viewer talk-back segment entitled Topic of the Day.
Wednesday’s ‘topic’ has been receiving an unusual amount of attention after the radio host, who appears on camera, asks the viewers and listeners if accepting homosexuality will negatively impact American society.
As the station plays reaction from voicemails left by viewers video footage is aired of President Barak Obama as well as video of same-sex couples exchanging rings in San Francisco. Over these images is a graphic, at the foot of the screen, with text that reads “the fall of America?”
CLIP: “PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ALREADY APPOINTED MORE OPENLY GAY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THAN ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY.”
Internet blogs called the report incredibly unbalanced and some even say the segment was homophobic.
OutQ’s calls to KETK television for comment went unanswered. But late Thursday the owner of KTBB — the radio station involved with the segment — released a statement apologizing. He said the question “Will the acceptance of homosexuality lead to the fall of America?” was “poorly worded at best, and inappropriate altogether at worst.”
Gay media watchdog GLAAD says KETK has agreed to remove the eight-minute piece from its website. Also, openly gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns was set to appear on the station’s newscasts Friday. Burns received national attention after talking about his own personal struggles with homosexuality during an emotional city council meeting a few weeks ago.