- State of women in journalism still depressing (Photo: Associated Press)
JOURNALISM IS STILL SEXIST. All top media companies are run by male CEOs. Male bylines outnumber female ones seven-to-one. Only 28 percent of TV news directors are female. At the major networks, female correspondents report only 25 percent of the stories. And men report on men: Only 24 percent of subjects in media stories are female.
HOLLYWOOD is even worse.
BELOW: The Laramie Project returns; Fred Phelps, discussed; nuns speak out:
THE LARAMIE PROJECT writer Moises Kaufman on revisiting the town where Matthew Shepard died, ten years later: "''How has Laramie changed?'' is not a great question. Perhaps the question is, ''How do we measure change?'' Do we measure it by the fact that now there is an AIDSWalk that goes right down the main street of Laramie and that raises thousands of dollars every year for AIDS? That it ends with a drag show at the cowboy bar? To me, in a town like that, that definitely is progress."
CONDEMNING FRED PHELPS: Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy questions the Westboro Baptist Church's right to protest funerals: "God forbid that I should have to bury a child. But if I did, and one of those despicable holy rollers showed up waving a sign in my face, talking about 'God killed your child as revenge against gays,' there might well be another funeral. Some things are simply intolerable."
DEFENDING FRED PHELPS: GLAA Forum's Rick Rosendall on the Westboro Baptist Church's right to free speech: "I share Milloy's disgust, but, sorry to say, he doesn't begin to make the case for why Phelps and his loony clan are not protected by the First Amendment in their vile demonstrations. . . . As Bob Summersgill says, 'The First Amendment is very broad.'"
THE WASHINGTON POST'S "Oooh, you're so strong, baby, so handsome. You're the greatest," Matt Miller writes in his porny take-down of the political phenomenon of constantly kissing America's ass, because it's the best. "Real men—real Americans—know America is the greatest country ever invented," Miler continues. "And they shout it from the rooftops. Don't they?"