CNN is facing a push by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to convince the news network to stop booking guests representing what GLAAD calls the "anti-gay industry," reports TVNewser.com.
GLAAD has launched a petition drive to persuade CNN to stop booking such guests in segments about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, the story notes.
The group cited a recent "John King, USA" segment as an example, when the show on Dec. 21 looked at the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy and brought on the Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg, whom GLAAD says "has worked to advance some of the most hurtful, dangerous, and demonstrably false notions about the lives of LGBT people that our country has seen in recent years."
The segment also featured openly gay former service member Alex Nicholson, the story notes.
CNN responded by noting that "CNN appreciates GLAAD’s concern for objective and fair reporting" and said the channel strives to book experts with "different points of view."