I already wrote this up at AOL, but I did it in “serious voice,” complete with Doogie Howser end-phrase, because I take DADT so seriously. I thought I’d give the inside scoop here.
You all know I asked about Don’t ask/Don’t tell at Friday’s briefing, and the clip got a lot of attention.
What’s really funny is that two of the people who embedded that clip, Jason Linkins at HuffPo and Dennis DiClaudio at Indecision Forever, are web-friends of mine, and neither of them knew it was me in the clip! Insert Rodney Dangerfield line here.
As today’s Maureen Dowd feeding frenzy indicates, this isn’t a funny accusation to make, and while Dennis softened it up and made it funny, the original guy really didn’t.
They both corrected their stories, and Dennis even offered me a chance to respond on his blog.
I know this is hard for those of you who know me to believe, but this really wasn’t about ego. I’m still laughing at how none of my friends even knew it was me asking. My main problem had to do with the issue at hand. I’ve worked hard to represent gay rights in a fair and persuasive manner over the years, and the attention from this clip was a big part of that. It makes a difference if people think I’m just a Daily Show version of those “Baba Booey” guys on Howard Stern. It makes a difference in how they see the issue.
I would also like to point out that Jon Stewart and I, in pointing this out, stand on the shoulders of unknown and unthanked thousands of activists and victims of discrimination, people who do the heavy lifting on equality.
I also love the retraction from the original guy, at GotchaMedia:
Tommy Christopher did not appreciate the implication that he stole his question and contacted me to ask for a correction.
While I appreciate the very swift retraction, I have to quibble a little with the term “implication.” See if you can extract the subtle inference in this headline:
I’m not seeing the wiggle room, are you?
Anyway, all’s well that ends well, and this will end well when Don’t ask/Don’t tell is history.