Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Pete Wilson Faces the San Francisco Inquisition

Well, it looks like the San Francisco Thought Police is up to its old tricks again.

Demonstrating the sort of Stalinist tendencies for which the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has become infamous, supervisors Tom Ammiano, Aaron Peskin, Chris Daly and Ross Mirkarimi are demanding the resignation of KGO talk show host Pete Wilson. Assemblyman Mark Leno has chimed in for good measure.

It seems self-described "moderate" Pete Wilson (who's really a conservative and just doesn't know it yet) committed the cardinal sin for San Francisco. He dared to question the local liberal gay (LGBTQWERSIPOKJ...) community.

Wilson was critical of the platonic co-parenting (as it's known around here) of gay supervisor Bevan Dufty and his lesbian friend Rebecca Goldfader, who recently gave birth to their baby. The two are planning to move into the same building in November and raise the child together. Wilson had the audacity to refer to the coupling of sorts as "non-loving" and the baby as an "experiment," among other things.

But the truth is, both of these observations are accurate. Dufty and Goldfader do not in fact have any romantic attachment to each other, for obvious reasons. And such nontraditional families are experimental. We won't really know the outcome until these children grow up.

But just the fact that Wilson was critical in any way, shape or form was enough to put him on the chopping block. Supervisor Dufty, to his credit, has not joined in the call for Wilson's head. But his colleagues are now demanding not only Wilson's resignation, but also an on-air apology and a KGO listener and advertiser boycott.

Thus far, KGO has stood by Wilson, but it remains to be seen how owner ABC7 will react. Board president Aaron Supervisor warned ominously that "it is...our job to tell you and the public when your industry makes a mistake and abuses your power."

Abusing power by voicing an opinion?

All of this is starting to sound eerily familiar.

Perhaps Pete Wilson and The Pope should be comparing notes....

4 Comments:

Blogger diurnalist said...

Jihad time. Maybe Ammiano will issue a fatwa.

Friday, October 13, 2006 4:13:00 PM  
Blogger T.W. said...

I call it "metro-facsisim"

If you don't see things as the "san Francisco 4th Reich" does, you're in trouble.

Just try calling Aaron Peskin "short" -- and you'll see what I mean.

Sunday, October 15, 2006 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Bender said...

Dear Cinnamon,
Pete Wilson's comments on Bevan Dufty's
newborn were in very poor taste and the reaction of
some public officials, who should be the guardians of free speech, calling for Wilson's resignation
is regrettable.
I think Bevan Dufty's response was the best - he said he did not want Wilson to resign and hoped that he could learn from his mistakes.
As for myself, I let KGO know my feelings on the
matter. I prefer not to let Pete Wilson into my home - there are plenty of other news programs to choose from where the anchors have the good sense to keep their personal biases to themselves.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 6:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Frisco fascism is alive and well! What ever happened to free speech?

Sunday, March 18, 2007 7:23:00 AM  

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