The organization GLADD has launched a “Commentator Accountability Project” which promises to keep media organizations well informed about the true beliefs and motivations of 36 commentators in the media who, according to GLADD, in the name of commenting on gay marriage and other issues, say hurtful and untrue things about gay people. Of the 36 people on the list, I think I know, either well or well enough to say hello to, about 8 or 9. At least some of them, I am confident, should NOT be on such a list.
But my question is (and it’s not rhetorical, I mean it as a question): Should there be such a list? I can think of valid reasons to make such a list, among them being an effort to rebut what is viewed as homophobic public speech. And I don’t believe that making such a list in and of itself constitutes an effort to violate anyone’s right to free speech. But something about these lists also makes me nervous. Palmer had lists. McCarthy had lists. Hoover had lists. There is something about these lists that smells bad.