An open letter from my husband to various LGBT groups, which he asked me to share regarding KPNX Phoenix Channel 12:
This morning I was pretty upset watching NBC news (in Phoenix, AZ), Channel 12, at 6:05 a.m. When covering the story about the teacher who was fired from St. Lucy’s Priory High School for marrying his partner of 10 years, one of our local anchors added his own commentary that was beyond offensive. After covering the basic story, Fay Fredericks commented that the teacher had been at the school for over 17 years and it was known by the staff and students that he was gay.
Her co-anchor, Doug Meehan responded snidely, “He should have read the fine print.”
Ignoring his inappropriate jab, Ms. Fredricks continued, “He’s considering suing.”
Muttering under his breath, with a mixture of disgust and contempt, Mr. Meehan responded, “Don’t ‘THEY ALL’”. Saying, “They all”, he was implying contextually, that it was ridiculous and inappropriate for someone to sue to defend their rights when they had been discriminated against, and that “All gay people” are the greatest offenders.
Needless to say, I wrote the station a pretty detailed letter outlining why this was not to be tolerated and will never watch that news station again!
I thought I would bring this to your attention, in case you wanted to look further into this to help ensure that this form of inappropriate news reporting doesn’t go unnoticed.
Thank you for your consideration.