A month after protesters picketed its annual dinner for inducting Focus on the Family's James Dobson into its Radio Hall of Fame, the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) announced today that it was selling its half-finished building.
"It is with deep regret that I announce the MBC board on December 10th voted to sell its half-finished building at State and Kinzie in downtown Chicago," said Bruce DuMont, Founder, President and CEO of the MBC. "This is a very disappointing development."
Pandering to extremists doesn't pay and the Museum of Broadcast Communications suffered a catastrophic blow to its reputation by honoring Focus on the Family's James Dobson. Bruce DuMont hoped to cash in by catering to the deep pockets of the religious right, but his prayers weren't answered.
When the nomination of Dobson was announced, Truth Wins Out teamed up with the Gay Liberation Network and launched www.DumpDobson.com to keep Dobson out of the Radio Hall of Fame. These robust efforts culminated with a full-page "Dump Dobson" ad in the Chicago Tribune, an op-ed in the Sun Times, signature ads in the GLBT media and a large demonstration outside of the awards dinner at Chicago's Renaissance Hotel.
DuMont blamed his woes on alleged broken promises by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the economic downturn. He did not point out that his project lost momentum after it became mired in controversy by cozying up to Dobson.
I can understand the temptation to pin the blame on Blagojevich, as he is not too popular these days. But, DuMont should take responsibility and admit that his project lost its luster and foundered after he chose to bronze the bigotry of James Dobson.
That's what they get for inducting a mentally ill cultist into their 'hall of fame'!
posted by CJ, at
12/13/2008 1:23 PM
It's a sign from GAWD-UH.
Everything Dobson touches turns to shit. And *HE'S* the guy you have to clear it with first, before you can publicly call yourself a "christian"?
posted by Scott, at
12/14/2008 12:05 AM
We should care because a man like James Dobson should not be honored by ANYONE in a decent, advanced society. I don't want to live in a culture that enables people to think it's ok to celebrate a man like Dobson, whether it comes from our politicians or from the "Radio Hall of Fame." It seems clear that anywhere from 5 to 10% percent of all human beings, especially men, are born with an unchangeable homosexual orientation.
Only a true scoundrel would use that fact of life to whip up prejudice and bigotry against that group, in order to enrich himself and to advertise his own fallacious sense of moral superiority to intellectually-challenged persons. Such people, to me, are the moral equivalent of child molesters. They should never be celebrated. And that, in my opinion, is why we should definitely care.
posted by Chris L., at
12/15/2008 10:06 AM
Dobson and the Radio Hall of Fame, specifically, may mean nothing to many people, but I hope that, more generally, the honoring of homophobic people bothers you. Remember Bobby Fisher, the chess genius? He lost all of his good will and luster and became despised by many, in fact, when people found out that he was a raving anti-Semite.
That's exactly what should have happened to Mr. Fisher; and that's exactly what should happen to homophobes, too. There is simply no place in any decent culture for people like James Dobson to be honored; he should suffer the same fate that a Jew hater or a racist would suffer; he should be shunned by decent people in a decent society.
posted by Chris L., at
12/16/2008 9:20 AM