Last week, the House GOP hired former Solicitor General Paul Clement and his law firm of King and Spalding to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act at the cost of $520 per hour. King and Spalding’s decision to take-up the case led many Americans and some King and Spalding clients to question the wisdom of defending an explicitly anti-gay law and the firm eventually dropped it. Clement responded by resigning and joining the firm of Bancroft PLLC, where he has promised to continue representing the House GOP.
The developments — which seem to signify that defending anti-gay laws is politically out-of-step in a society that has grown increasingly accepting of gay people — may not constitute major mainstream news, but CNN and MSNBC did cover the story within hours of King and Spalding announcing that they would drop the case. A ThinkProgress review of cable coverage revealed that MSNBC ran three separate segments, while CNN had just one. Fox News remained completely silent on the matter, failing to even mention the story in the network’s flagship news program Special Report:
Ignoring stories which undermine conservative causes, however, is the norm at Fox. Last year, Fox News remained silent when former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman — who had orchestrated President Bush’s gay-bashing 2004 re-election campaign — came out as gay and refused to run a single segment on Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s racially-charged rant, after which she resigned from talk radio.