For Immediate Release
October 12, 2007
Kentucky Gay Controversy Syndrome Claims More Victims
A potentially serious political malady is claiming an increasing number of victims in the state press corps after the Fletcher Campaign released a press statement calling attention to public support being expressed by gays for Steve Beshear.
Called "Gay Controversy Syndrome" (GCS), the first symptoms were reported by Pat Crowley of the Cincinnati Enquirer, who began experiencing a politic form of nausea often felt by liberals when issues damaging to Democratic candidates are brought up by conservatives. WHAS-11 TV’s Mark Hebert reports experiencing similar symptoms after having received the Fletcher release.
Some observers have speculated that the severe reaction among reporters may be more than just GCS, and might involve a deep-seated psychological manifestation of an underlying guilt complex. “We have seen many cases of this in recent years,” says Martin Cothran, who has been observing the strange behavior in the state press corps with an increasing level of interest (not to mention amusement), “where certain members of the media know deep down that, if the situation were reversed, and a conservative candidate was getting the support of right wing political interests, that they would be jumping on the story with both feet. This guilt can manifest itself in the conscious mind as indignation, outrage, or revulsion, and often leads to poor political judgment and sometimes even fainting spells.”
The strange affliction is apparently affecting others outside the liberal media, however. Over at the normally conservative "Osi Speaks" blog, Osi Onyekwuluje (which we are assuming is his real name despite some pretty severe abecedary anomalies), has reported a similar reaction to the Fletcher statement:
“WHEN WILL THIS SORT OF BULL CRAP END AND THE ISSUES AIRED AND DISCUSSED?,” he said, stating it dramatically in capital letters on his blog. “STATING A NON-ISSUE AND PRETENDING IT IS AN ISSUE IS WHAT WE LEARNED IN LAW SCHOOL WAS A RED HERRING!”
“Overuse of capital letters could be another symptom of this disease,” said Cothran. “On the other hand,” he added, “it is entirely possible that it is just another thing Mr. Onyekwuluje learned in law school.”