Thursday, April 24, 2003

Local zero. Rick Santorum's hometown papers don't appear too worked up about his grotesque homophobic remarks to the Associated Press.

The dominant Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, having run a story and excerpts from the interview yesterday, is silent today, save for a critical letter to the editor. The rival Tribune-Review, despite being owned by right-wing financier Richard Mellon Scaife, has a mild but anti-Santorum column today by Dimitri Vassilaros.

Neither paper has run an editorial on the matter yet.

Couldn't check the statewide Philadelphia Inquirer or the tabloid Philadelphia Daily News, as their websites appeared to be down this morning.

But you can't help but get the feeling that this is going to fizzle pretty quickly. This culture simply doesn't put gay-bashing on the same plane as racism. Too bad.

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