Daily Show traces the evolution of Fox’s same sex marriage talking points

By David Ferguson
Friday, May 11, 2012 8:47 EDT
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Thursday night on “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart noted the curious turn that Fox News personalities have made with regards to their position on same sex marriage. Once upon a time, same sex marriage was the most divisive and controversial political topic of our time.  You could hear Bill O’Reilly declaiming that allowing LGBT people to marry would lead to people being able to marry turtles.  Glenn Beck said that it would inevitably end in polygamous marriages.  It was a fundamental threat to our society.

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama made the historic declaration that he personally feels that LGBT people should be able to get married, and are entitled to all the same rights as heterosexuals.  Suddenly, right wing pundits changed their tune.  Of course, President Obama has embraced same sex marriage.  It’s a cynical move on his part to get reelected, can’t you see that?  What could be more popular and less controversial than letting people who love each other get married?

Fox anchor Shepard Smith even went so far as to say that Republicans who are against same sex marriage are clearly “on the wrong side of history.”  That’s a long way from saying that letting lesbians marry each other is going to bring about the collapse of society.

Stewart cheerfully made hay of Fox’s abrupt about-face on Thursday’s show, saying, “This is the true measure of how far we’ve come as a nation.  In, like, five years, the prime talking point for Republicans talking about people who support gay marriage has gone from ‘It will destroy society via turtle-f**king’ to ‘Oh, of course you’re for it.  You’ll say anything popular to get re-elected.’”

Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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