Who is Amanda-basher Bill Donohue?
Catholic League president Bill Donohue has been one of the leading detractors of Edwards bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan. He has been widely quoted in the established media calling Marcotte and McEwan "anti-Catholic, vulgar, trash-talking bigots."
This is a guy who complained on national TV that gays haven't apologized to straights for AIDS (video):
DONOHUE: The fact of the matter is it's due to the behavioral recklessness of gay men in New York City, that they're endangering the lives of everybody. So, you want to talk about the Catholic Church intervening in other people's lives? The gay community has yet to apologize to straight people for all the damage that they have done -- for contaminating the blood supply in New York City and around the country. And I find it amazing that, when people are acting so morally delinquent, that they're asking for more rights at the same time.
It seems to me that gay people in this country should apologize to the rest of the people, the way the pope has apologized to other people, and practice sexual reticence. Practice restraint, and you won't have the problem. It's entirely a result of behavioral recklessness that we have this disease [HIV/AIDS]. And it's a politically correct disease, isn't it? [MM]
Media Matters has been tracking this fringe figure for years:
He has referred to the "gay death style," remarked, "God forbid we'd run out of little gay kids," claimed that Senator John Kerry "never found an abortion he couldn't justify," and claimed that "Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular ... Hollywood likes anal sex." [MM]
Donohue uses the word "bigot" a lot. The top headline on the Catholic League's website today? BARBARA WALTERS—HOUSE MOM TO BIGOTS (for working with Rosie O'Donnell).
Here are a few other gems from the Catholic League's press release vault:
American Prospect Censors Its Own Writer (TAP declined to give the Catholic League permission to reprint a TAP article).
Democratic Religious Guru Cracks Up; Howard Dean is in a Jam (accuses Rabbi Michael Lerner of insanity for his views on the family).
Is Rolling Stone Racist? (“If it is true that [hip hop artist Kanye] West is a morally confused black young man, it is also true that Rolling Stone is staffed by morally challenged white veterans: they are to West what white boxing agents in the 20th century were to black boxers—rip-off artists." [...]).
Katrina Brings Out the Devil in Them (about how rival Protestant fundies, Planed Parenthood, condom distributing university administrators should be locked up).
Here's Bill Donohue trashing a show he admits he hasn't seen.
Coturnix has the latest on the ongoing right-wing smear campaign against the Edwards bloggers.