At a recent CNN/YouTube presidential debate, Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr, an openly gay man, asked the Republican candidates why they “think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.” On his radio show yesterday, right-wing host Michael Savage said that Kerr is a “gay, phony general“:
CNN is a bear trap for anybody conservative. Look what they did the other night, last week rather, with the YouTube/CNN debate, when they put a planted, gay, phony general in the audience to throw out a question, and then Anderson Cooper followed up with intelligible, “Did you get the question answered adequately?” That’s your idea of a fair debate? It’s like a Stalinist show trial.
Savage’s line echoes that of Rush Limbaugh, who recently attacked soldiers who speak out against the Iraq war as “phony soldiers.”