In honor of the United States Supreme Court decision to accept to cases on gay marriage, Channel Nine was left scrambling over the weekend to find...as usual...people on both sides of the issue for a quick comment.
Channel Nine has every right to do that, but what it doesn't have a right to do is put a certain former Representative named David Bates forward as if he's still a Representative.
David Bates did not run for re-election. For Channel Nine to label him as Representative Bates must be more than an oversight. After all, if they called him for a reaction to the Court decision, and said, "Do you have a comment, Representative Bates?", he certainly must have been honest enough to correct them and point out that he is no longer a Rep.
For the pro gay marriage side, Channel Nine (this was Saturday night) used Mo Baxley of the NH Freedom to Mary Group, but in fact, it failed to note that Mo is just as much a Representative as David Bates. In fact, she is a former Representative.
Why did this bother me so much?
First, because I believe we should be able to trust to media--we obviously can no longer trust Channel Nine's weekend team; but secondly because the report made it seem that such a homophobe as David Bates (he's been given the appellation as Homosexual Hunter in this blog) is still in a position to deny all people their equal rights.
Although David Bates was still skulking around the State House after the election--even managed to someone get into the GOP caucus when Gene Chandler defeated PamTucker for minority leader--he is no longer a State Rep...any more than Mo Baxley is. He is in no position to file legislation, as he did last year, to repeal gay marriage.
As I said two years ago when Democrats went down to a huge defeat, ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.
A consequence of the 2012 election is that David Bates is gone. Despite his efforts to force out duly elected Representatives (I've heard he's trying to get Ann Grassie even though the Ballot Law Commissioner ruled unanimously that she lives where she was elected), David Bates is gone at last.
If Channel Nine insists on using him to portray the losing side of history, it should label him as FORMER Rep. David Bates.