August 15, 2005
by Janet Donovan
Celebrities and politicians "spring from the same
DNA". Jack Valenti
"I don't understand what gay people want from
me." "Are you looking for a revolution?"
"The heat in the gay press is that I didn't sock him,"
said Elizabeth Birch responding to the above
out of touch remarks by political pundit Pat Buchanan
during an interview on Birch & Company that launched
August 12th on the here! Gay Network.
In contrast to the controversial, uber conservative
Chicago Sun Times columnist and TV political commentator
Bob Novak who lost it on CNN last week (much to the glee of his detractors)
while thrashing it out with fast-talking, Democratic squawk box
with attitude James Carville, Birch remained in control of the sparring
interview with the arch (make that a double) conservative.
"In person he is like a grandfather figure, but a scary
one," continued Birch. She chose Buchanan in order
not to fall into a pattern of predictable guests
emphasizing her ongoing desire to understand what
drives each person and perspective. "He showed
up", added civil rights leader and Congressman Joe
Lewis, "That was a gracious act".
Gracious act? The only one gracious here was the
Congressman as Buchanan went on a biblical
reference tour of the sinful ways of a gay life.
At the preview launch hosted by The
Motion Picture Association of America viewers got an
intimate take on feisty TV talk show host Rosie
O'Donnell, the outspoken gay activist who was
the show's inaugural guest. Her very candid interview
not only displayed the star's determination for equal
rights but also unveiled her vulnerabilities and the
heartache she has endured under an unjust system.
The mother of three was particularly vocal about
adoption rights. "The baby Bushes have
done a lot of damage", said O'Donnell in reference to Florida laws
which prohibits adoption by gay couples. "Explain
Schiavo, when children of gays don't have basic rights."
Regarding her highly public law suit with the
magazine of her namesake which began to tank when
she 'came out' she said: "The lawsuit never would
have happened if I weren't a lesbian."
Closing arguments: "If being gay is such a horrible
sin it would have made the top ten," said Birch.
Well, gotta go now.....want to catch up on the
anti-gay priest caught up in a sex scandal with his
"As rector of St. Patrick's Cathedral Monsignor Eugene Clark
blamed gays for "destroying the church", now he's been named as
"the other man" in a nasty divorce involving a woman who worked
for the diocese," according to New York's 365Gay.com
bureau chief Doug Windsor.
Clark's duties as a monsignor in the New York
Archdiocese included regular appearances on the
Catholic cable television network EWTN, on a
show called "Relationships." He also worked as an
editor of "When Conscience and Politics Meet: A Catholic
In 1999 Clark told a Catholic radio audience that
gays are "the enemy of Christian marriage and
Christian falling in love and all the tenderness
that goes with that." In 2002 Clark blamed
gays for the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church.
In a homily delivered from the pulpit at the cathedral Clark
called homosexuality a "disorder," and said gay men
should not be allowed to become priests. In a
radio broadcast he said Hollywood was
controlled by gays and their supporters advancing a
"homosexual agenda". All this from Monsignor Eugene
Clark, now caught up in his holy sex scandal
according to Windsor.
Now THAT will make the top ten. So that's
Guests included Tammy Haddad, Executive
Producer of Hardball with Chris Matthews
and her husband Ted Greenberg as well as
Birch's longtime partner Hilary Rosen (second
from the right in the photo).
Wait, this just in!
"Our great country is in a terrible downward spiral.
We're outsourcing jobs, bankrupting social security,
and losing lives at war. We need to focus on what's
important-- paying attention to our children, our
citizens, our future. We need to think about
improving our failing educational system, making
better use of our resources, and helping to promote
a stable, safe, and tolerant global society. It's time
to be smart about our politics. It's time to get
America back on track."
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