Here’s what happened.
On Wednesday, Roberts seemed to combine his over-the-top aggression towards same-sex marriage opponents with a recent and chastised stunt
by MSNBC personality Lawrence O’Donnell, asking questions to an empty
chair where Roberts claimed National Organization for Marriage (NOM)
spokeswoman Maggie Gallagher was supposed to sit before canceling
her appearance last minute.
With Gallager’s absence, Roberts, who is an openly gay man and
outspoken LBGBT advocate, conducted the segment with same-sex marriage
supporter Wayne Besen on NOM’s alleged tactics to wedge ethnic
minorities against same-sex marriage supporters based off recently
The news anchor opened the segment describing “just how down and
dirty opponents of marriage equality are willing to get in their fight
to stop it,“ and said he planned to ask Gallagher ”how do you deny these
documents as proving that the National Organization for Marriage is
race-baiting, trying to ensure bigotry and homophobia?” At the end of
the segment, Roberts again said that Gallagher “decided not to show up
for this interview” and thanked Besen for showing up and “keeping your
Like with the Romney KKK incident, Roberts once again failed to followup on his sources. He was forced to apologize.
“MYSTERY solved… @maggiemarriage was in a studio ready for our #nom interview it was just the wrong studio booked improperly on @msnbc_booking IT WAS OUR MISTAKE and she has an open invite for the show,” Roberts tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Our sincerest apologies.” (Full story)