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POSTED: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 12:13pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 11:21am

This past Wednesday our radio partner, KTBB, presented a talkback question regarding homosexuality. That question was also simulcast during our morning news broadcast. Many of our viewers and their listeners found the wording of that question to be offensive. We understand and respect their comments. We have discussed these comments with KTBB and agree that the question was poorly worded at best and inappropriate altogether at worst. For that, they have apologized and since the question also appeared on our air, we are sorry for any offense that was taken.

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This apology is simply polite rhetoric!!! Horsefeathers! Those announcers were not reporting in a non-biased manner as they are support to respond! They should apologize individually and suspended from their jobs!

The station is correct. The question could have been framed better. However, it is a LEGITIMATE question. They could have said:

Many have referred to East Texas as the "Buckle of the Bible belt." The Bible talks about the acceptance of homosexual behavior in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah before they were destroyed by God. Do you believe the acceptance of homosexual behavior will be the downfall of America?

The very concept of this segment was offensive, and not just to gay right groups, but to people everywhere who have a clear idea of what it is to respect your neighbor. You can't set the blame off to the radio announcer-the TV announcers were just as bad as was your apology.

I always thought Texas is where everything is larger than life--if so, why are we seeing such small minds on your station?

I would like to see a similar segment posing the question "Has Satan's infiltration of the so-called Christian Right lead to the downfall of America?” and give that eight minutes of airtime. That question is no less bigoted, inflammatory, and hateful than the original one.

So-called Christians would be wise to stop demonizing the “other” and instead turn inward and see how successful the devil has been in penetrating their own hearts.

This apology was weak at best and offensive at worst. KETK does not take adequate ownership for airing the piece. They stated that some gay rights groups were offended, but in reality people all across America were offended. Gay Americans are fighting to put their lives on the line for their country and be honest while doing so, and for the civil marriage rights that will protect their families. Isn't protecting your family and fighting for your country at the core of American values?

I have to think it was more than gay rights groups that were offended by the question.

This appears to be a professional news organization that was caught in a similar situation as Clint McCance from Arkansas.

The station apologized due to national scrutiny in the same way that Mr McCance apologized on CNN.

Disappointing but expected.

I've watched this again and have to point out the anchor's incredibly unprofessional opening quote: "A record number of openly gay appointees to the Obama administration, and there are other gay men and women who perhaps wish to keep their lives secret who are also in the Obama administration, perhaps as judges as well..."
Please explain how this unprovable, insidious and irresponsible statement made it past your editors, and please apologize directly and specifically for its cruel intent.

The next step is to boycott companies that advertise during your news

WOW you even took the video off Youtube. What a crock. As a gay man I was and am still offended by this "journalistic" crap piece. My heterosexual friends, neighbors and coworkers were equally offended and I haven't seen any support for this argument either on your site or any part of the web. Your tepid apology gets no where with me. "Worded wrongly?" you bet but even worse than your wording is your ignorance and bigotry. everyone I talk to has set forth to boycott Channel 56 news and I think

Well if gays are bringing america down, what would you call the people who are having welfare babys, Abortions, Moms Killing there kids, Congress Men having relations out side of there marraige, and most of all the divorce rate in this country. its a shame that my tax dollars pay for all that and more. Way to go hetrosexuals. Yeah gays are bringing down america, sure. KETK might need to re-think and be a shame for preaching hate. KETK is like the a.m radio for TV. NBC should pull the plug.

If you notice, only a few shots are played again and again during the clip. These show only a few individual people.

Why dont we show Dave Tillerys photo again, again, and again, and ask a very similiar question?

Would he think a simple apology is fine?

Again, accountability is at the root of the issue here.

In the end, when you here the host talk about how homosexuals are pushing their influence despite being only 7% of the population, you truely understand the mans point of view.What; is pushing for equal rights is pushing to far! This guy needs to be fired immediatly and or all affiliations with him dismantled. We know the intent, apoligizing when you get called out is nice, but being held accountable is the right thing to do. I am not gay and I clearly see his intent.

Shameful - how could this have been anything other than intended to spew hatred. Your people didn't ask how many non-lgbt people have been hired by the Obama administration. In any case, how dare you blame the failures of your lives on any group of people. All people involved in this dreadful mess should be fired. The question should be: was KETK's hateful story and an insincere apology the fall of Dave Tillery?

PS - the intro to the video here states that "some gay rights groups were offended..."

Know that I am a straight woman, and this segment and question posed in a sham of a journalistic context are offensive to anyone with a shred of human decency or any regard for unbiased reporting.

Still not sure you really "get" the many levels of wrong here.

The intro to the radio segment by your two "news anchors" was equally ignorant, offensive, and out of place.

Certainly the content was approved by both the radio station and television station management before it aired? The idea that anyone, let alone multiple people, participated in and approved this travesty reveals deep institutional issues.

Shame on anyone and everyone involved.

I think a better question is "will the continued acceptance of bigotry and hatred be the downfall of America?"

Not enough! It wasn't just the question, it was the premise of the story, the slanted, inaccurate information it contained, and the biased, ignorant attitudes it supported It's also quite offensive to me that you think the only people who took exception to this schlocky excuse for journalism were gay rights groups. I'm neither in a gay rights group nor gay myself, but I object to injustice and prejudice wherever it exists. And it exists in your newsroom, BIG time.

So if my delicate sensitivities were offended, KETK is sorry? Thus, if I was not (so easily)
offended, then KETK wouldn't have been sorry for the hate-filled broadcast.
As Rat in the comic strip "Pearls Before Swine" put it, 'I'm sorry if you were offended'
"allows me to maintain the impact of the original insult while tacking on the implied BONUS INSULT of, 'you are an oversensitive Ninnie'."
Well, played KETK

Nice try, pinning all of this on KTBB. Your anchors' commentary was no better. What you've done is dangerous and irresponsible. You ginned up irrational fear by making it appear that gay men and lesbians were "taking over" Washington. The number of gays appointed is a fraction of the number of overall appointments. Where is the factual reporting on this?

The coverage sounded more like a lynch mob pep rally than news and likely struck fear in many of your gay viewers. Shame on you.

Gay rights groups aren't offended - PEOPLE are offended.

You apologize if for "any offense that was taken" as if asking if "the acceptance of gays will lead to the downfall of America" is acceptable journalism. Even for East Texas this is beneath contempt.

Nice try, pinning all of this on KTBB. Your anchors' commentary was no better. What you've done is dangerous and irresponsible. You ginned up irrational fear by making it appear that gay men and lesbians were "taking over" Washington. The number of gays appointed is a fraction of the number of overall appointments. Where is the factual reporting on this?

The coverage sounded more like a lynch mob pep rally than news and likely struck fear in many of your gay viewers. Shame on you.

And isn't it funny too how the station has removed all copies of the program, citing copyright laws?........let the nation see what you permit on your station!

Thanks to KETK and KTBB for taking responsibility.

That was not an apology. That was your backwards redneck tv and radio station saying that you are sorry that we took offense to your question. You should never have asked the question to begin with. With the current state of this nation, which every homosexual, bisexual, transexual and heterosexual person are citizens of, you would think that your "news" program would be more sensitive. I do take offense to the question, but i take more offense to your backward apology.

I agree totally with angryperson! this so-called apology doesn't fly with me either and I hope that more will be done to make sure this doesn't happen again. Nbc should drop your station!

The question was, “Will the acceptance of homosexuality in this society be the downfall of America?”

What garbage "reporting". "Will the acceptance of homosexuality in this society be the downfall of America?" What? Are you kidding me? Maybe Texas really is a backwards as the rest of the US says it is. Laughable. That a "professional" can't even see all of the logical fallacies in this segment, and that the interviewees were so inarticulate leads me to believe te KETK was really hard up for viewer share.

This poor thinking will be the downfall of America.

Here's the story:
http://bit.ly/c74ejS

you'll notice how the station has removed the video, citing copywrite laws.....c'mon.............let the people see what you have done!

@goatlady

Very well put and agreed.
Further, nice to see the network bowing to public sentiment and apologizing for what could be called a gaffe at best or hate speech at worst.

I think it's great KETK did this. The subject and the way to responses were handled was appalling. Good job KETK.

Yea, sure, Righty-Whitey. It was polite rhetoric. Not a bit of sympathy or empathy... Babble, babble, babble!

Gay rights groups aren't offended - PEOPLE are offended.

You apologize if for "any offense that was taken" as if asking if "the acceptance of gays will lead to the downfall of America" is acceptable journalism. Even for East Texas this is beneath contempt.

I didn't hear this question, but some of the Talk Back questions are a bit much - like the one about "people with accents". I'm not one that gets all hung up on political correctness, but I didn't like the stereotyping that was inherent in a question like that. I think it insults our intelligence. If people are small minded enough to judge one another based on dialect, I don't want to know about it. I'd encourage the staff to come up with more thought provoking questions - we can handle it.

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