What is it about the BBC that prompts them to seek out an anti-diversity view nearly every time an LGBT-related story makes the news? It doesn't matter who, as long as they've a contrary opinion, the BBC will use them to 'balance' the report.
Remember that report about Elton John's new baby? Former Newsround presenter, Lizo Mzimba told viewers that "not everyone is pleased" about it and then, to prove his point, we saw extracts from an interview with Stephen Green, in which Mr Green suggested that gay people treat babies as designer accessories. Green said that "to deprive a baby of a mother" is like an act of pure selfishness.
Anyone who saw that news item on 28th December 2010 would have noticed that the interview was captioned with Stephen Green's name, and below that his organisation "Christian Voice." Without knowing any background about his 'Christian' organisation, viewers might have assumed Green is representative of traditional Christian family values. However thanks to some good investigative journalism on the part of the generally homophobic Daily Mail, the truth about Stephen Green is out. In view of which I suspect Mr Green is unlikely to be invited by the BBC to proffer an opinion again. Perhaps friend and soulmate Melanie Phillips will offer him a shoulder to cry on.
Can't the BBC learn a lesson? Let's hope Newsround covers LGBT History Month, which begins today, and without the usual BBC "balance."
Balance? Will CBBC ever get it: LGBT History Month is an attempt to put right the heteronormative indoctrination all kids receive from Day 1 of their lives. Or as Melanie Phillips tendentiously put it recently: the ruthless campaign by the gay rights lobby to destroy the very concept of normal sexual behaviour.