Friday, June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Decision Upholding Gay Marriage Gets Big Coverage in San Francisco; Friday Opener; Updated: KCBS Wins Radio Coverage Early On

 I was listening to KCBS a little after 7 AM when the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage 5-4 decision came down--chief reporter, Doug Sovern read the brief and anchor Stan Bunger called the decision, "historic." Indeed.


KGO Radio and KQED immediately went to nonstop radio coverage.


KTVU was the only local TV station that had a reporter in the Castro and provided immediate coverage.


KNTV, KGO-TV, and KPIX relied upon network coverage.


UPDATE 8: 03 PST:

KCBS was the early winner immediately after the decision: the all-news radio outlet had their Friday panel in-studio (good timing) including the Chronicle's Phil Matier and Willie Brown talking about the political ramifications --as usual, it was good radio. Matier offered the theory that the gay-marriage issue would now be taken off the table as Democrat fodder for the 2016 Election, but Stan Bunger was quick to point out that Roe v Wade, after years of becoming law, is still being debated.


The roundtable was both lively and fresh and KCBS stuck to its coverage --while KGO merely read headlines and sent it to reporters in the field.





34 comments:

  1. There really are more important things to focus journalistic efforts on.

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    1. Soybean futures are up 0.43% in early trading.

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    2. Like what 8:10?

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    3. Agreed. 1.6% of the population gets this fanfare and a parade. To each their own however....who really cares outside of SF and Berkeley?

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    4. Like the middle class continuing to be bled dry by corporations and generational welfare folks alike.

      Like the continuing threat that is ISIS.

      Like many other things that impact a greater percentage of average Americans.

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  2. This will CLEARLY be political in the 2016 election. Gay people vote too and you should hear some of the rhetoric coming from the "Right," especially from some Republican candidates.

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    1. Yes those 1.6% of the country!!! They better start shaking in their boots.

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  3. Yay America!! Time to celebrate!! Marriage for EVERYONE!! As Oscar Wilde once said, "You still smell like Ass."

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  4. Ben Mallar on Fox Sport Radio has a saying: "the more interesting story is in the loser's locker room." Fox News has been fascinating the past couple of days.

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  5. As miffed as 8:10 is about this major ruling from the United States Supreme Court, it is big news all across the globe, and particularly in San Francisco. If your "journalistic" instincts are as keen as your sentence structure, we'd all be ignoring the obvious. Ending a sentence with a preposition is lazy writing , at best. Did you see the research, newly published, that claims the most homophobic people are often the most closeted? It's a great day for the United States, for this President, and for millions of Americans. Do you think the gay divorce rate will be the same as that for "traditional" marriages?

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    1. Christine tell us all how you feel about Israel again?

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    2. As long as they pay higher taxes I could care less.

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    3. Christine, I noticed you have one comma a space off of the word 'writing', and then you used a comma after the word 'structure', which, obviously, is unnecessary. Why did you do both of those things?

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    4. Since you asked, Israel is more advanced than much of the United States on gay issues, specifically protection for gay workers. They do recognize gay marriage from other places, but don't perform them in Israel. For the record, I'm not a fan of Benjamin Netanyahu and his manipulations of this country through AIPAC, which controls many members of the US Congress. I don't think American lives and American treasure should be used to support killing Persians or the genocide of other semites in Gaza. Is that clear enough for you? Is that THE Scott Feldman above? my former co-anchor?

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    5. Christine projects her biases again. For one thing, not feeling this is a major focus point for journalists doesn't make one scared of gays, or even bigoted against them.

      For another, just because one doesn't care for the look at me prevalence of the gay culture doesn't mean one is a closet case queer. I don't care what people do in their private lives, just keep it private and don't make yourself the center of the universe.

      And anytime a Folsom Street Fair time atmosphere prevails, you can count on turning a lot of people off, or pushing them off the fence onto a side that is not friendly to gays in general (even though I'm sure many gays find that circus crap to be well over the top too).

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    6. Whatever else is wrong with local radio these days, it's still doing some things right like keeping Christine Craft off the air.

      Could you please remind all of us one more time that once, a very long time ago, you were relevant. Oh and please, one more time, you were on the Dave Letterman show, 30 or 40 years ago.

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    7. Yes, the divorce rate will be at least as high as with traditional marriages. Seems like a lot of gay marriage "pioneers" have already been divorced, from what I've read and seen on the news over the last few years...

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    8. Well, she was on Letterman one more time than you were. Ass.

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  6. The former KGO host has something to tweet about while he's taking a shit today.

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  7. Ronn Owens, "Was it the right decision? FOX says no, MSNBC says yes, but we let you decide..."

    "And they actually pay me for this..."

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  8. I am so sick of hearing about this topic, especially since the courts have collectively decided to disregard the people's will at the ballot box. I noticed the local news is only covering one side of reactions to this 'dictate', I won't say decision. Other posters here may chose not to believe me, but I am a gay man, and I am fully against this decision.

    We can already have civil unions, this is not needed. This is nothing but a political power play. All this decision will do is divide us further, make straight people resent us for ruining the institution of traditional marriage and family. This is not helpful. Most gay men I know are way too busy shopping around for the 'next sex' to talk about marriage of any kind. We (majority of gay men) are too promiscuous, too much the libertines, and we know it. And we like it that way. We are making enemies by closing small business owner bakers down because they don't want to bake a 'gay cake'. I see nothing but bullying, nothing but a 'mean-girl' mentality acted out by gays who financially ruin people for having different core beliefs. That is intolerant and flat out wrong, and it shames me to have other gays deluding themselves into thinking they are being heroic when they bankrupt a straight business. Watch out for Karma, my friend.

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    1. You going to blame the next big hurricane or earthquake on this ruling or something?

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    2. Thank you.

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    3. "I am so sick of hearing about this topic, especially since the courts have collectively decided to disregard the people's will at the ballot box."

      You call it disregarding the people's will, those that understand call it jurisprudence. Anyone with enough money can get an initiative on the ballot but even if it passes, it still must stand up to The Constitution.

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  9. I'm going to invest in leather futures, specifically companies that make motorcycle pants and riding chaps. There are millions of upcoming weddings!!!!

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  10. Same-sex marriage is great, I suppose, if you are gay and have someone in your life willing to marry you. Otherwise, it's just another hopeless day condemned to loneliness without the highest ideals of fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, family and a love that endures past death. Where is the Supreme Court ruling to fix that?

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    1. Maybe they can come up with some sort of surgery that gives one those things, after one does the requisite talk shows and magazine covers... Lord knows one shouldn't expect to find those things on one's own anymore; there's a government, a media, and a "doctor" for that now!

      Hey everyone, I wasn't born with an astronaut's physique, reactions, and intellect, but I have always felt like one inside. So you'd better call me an astronaut or I'll tell everyone what a bigot you are. You're astrophobic!!!

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  11. I now pronounce you FIRED!


    I am not a robot

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  12. I really miss the US, it moved away and I stayed.

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    1. You should leave and go find it, really.

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  13. Lots of hate in many of the above comments, to the blogger who responded to Ronn Owens tweet, I get you don't like him, but does that mean you have to be crude? You have no class. It does not matter what you think about gays and their rights, fact is this was a big and important decision, and looking at the response from the right wing, I would say it is important to more people than gays, seem like the opposition to gay marriage is more important to those who are against it than who is for it. Certainly ISIS and many other news is important, but considering this made it to the supreme court, and considering how many was anxiously awaiting the outcome, being they for or against the ruling, you can not say it is not important.

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  14. One thing surely comes through, reading this thread: The rampant hateful racism in this country pales in comparison to the anti-LGBT venom; venom that is characteristically spouted by people who call themselves "Christian."

    If your god is so perfect, all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-powerful, who the hell do you think CREATED the LGBT's?? You can't have it both ways. Duh!

    Sad that they no longer teach logic in our schools, especially in the supposedly most religious states.

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    1. Christian's feelings toward gays pales in comparison to Islam's. Why don't you address THAT.

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    2. There's a lot of Christophobia out there too. It's amazing how many people spout hateful comments about Christians just because they disagree with the beliefs of Christians (not quite saying you did that here, but it happens a lot including on this site). One is not allowed to disagree with the alphabet soup set, but it's A-OK to say anything nasty about Christians. Here's something to ponder: it's not OK to question the beliefs or actions of Muslims but it's OK to spew hate against Christians. Yet which group of people is more actually oppressive towards gays?

      As for "creating" alphabet-soupers, there is such a thing as Free Will, these people choose to be that way. Yes, it's a choice.

      If they taught logic in schools, (along with civics, which no longer seems to be taught), we wouldn't have people letting illegal aliens get accepted to UC Berkeley and other schools, or letting them into our country and sponging off of the taxpayers. Logic in schools would teach people that it's better to be prepared for conflict, rather than disarming and destroying the manufacturing base of this nation in favor of Silly Vally products like "social media" and Air BnB. Nor would we allow "transgender" sideshows in our elementary schools further disrupting (and worse) the childhood of so many young people.

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