Never one to pass-up a good opportunity, much to his credit, Conan O'Brien decided to enter into the fray known as same-sex marriage.
No, Conan has not decided to marry a man.
One of his staff has wanted to marry his partner. In California, where they all work and live, same-sex marriage is not legal.
Conan was hosting his show from the Beacon Theater, in New York, for a week. While the show and all its crew were in town, this staff member decided that he and his partner would get married at City Hall. Same-sex marriage is legal in New York, and it takes no time to get married in America. Basically, you just need the filing fee, and be currently unmarried.
When Conan learned of this, he decided it would be much nicer for the couple if, instead of a City Hall wedding, he hosted the wedding on his late night talk show.
This is a great way to: (1) have a little fun at work, (2) take a public stand on a public issue that most television people don't even know how to discuss, never mind have an opinion about it, and (3) make a nice wedding for someone you like.
The plan was announced and the right-wing media had a field day. Here was an opportunity to express the varied opinions of Americans, especially those who oppose same-sex marriage.
Now, I like to think that the right-wing media is relatively savvy in their presentation of things like facts and figures. I believe that each network, and in some cases each television station, has writers who prepare a script that suits the needs and reflects the style of that company.
Imagine my surprise when I watched this video montage of right-wing reporting of the Conan wedding officiating.
Either those are all clips from Fox affiliates, or there is one guy writing the right-wing's agenda and sending it over the wire for all right-wing media to parrot.
Below is a video of Conan pushing the envelope on late-night television.
Kyle G. Brixton