CNN Ties Hate Crime to Supreme Court, Invites Trump Bashing

NewsBusters | 10/11/2019 | Staff
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On Thursday morning, as CNN geared up for its evening town hall special on gay rights with the Democratic presidential candidate, the network's New Day show ran a couple of segments on the issue of LGBT rights.

One segment highlighted a reported increase in hate crimes against transgenders in which the story managed to invoke the unrelated upcoming Supreme Court case on LGBT discrimination by employers.

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And, speaking with the new president of the pro-gay Human Rights Campaign, co-host John Berman cued up his guest to complain that President Donald Trump has not been far enough to the left on gay rights.

Later, correspondent Sara SidnerSidner also fretted that Texas does not have laws against workplace discrimination:

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The Human Rights Campaign says the number of transgender attacks in recent years is alarming. Booker was the 18th transgender to be killed in the U.S. this year. The majority of victims are black. Texas leads the nation in trans murders. ... (Stacey) Monroe says the dangers for trans people have a lot to do with laws. She says she lost a job because she was trans. In Texas, that's legal. The Supreme Court is currently taking up a case to decide whether gender identity is protected under the Civil Rights Act.

At 8:27 a.m. came another segment that featured CNN analyst John Avlon doing a "Reality Check" segment in which he celebrated the liberal agenda accomplished by gay rights activists in recent years while lamenting that it had not gone far enough. Co-host Camerota set up the segment: "It is still legal in the United States to fire someone for being gay -- this is 28 states in America still allow this. Are we sure this is 2019? John Avlon takes a look in our 'Reality Check.'"

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After the Avlon segment ended, co-host John Berman interviewed Alphonso David...
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