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Media Outlets Are Ignoring One Of The Most Significant Non-Discrimination Bills In LGBT History

July 18, 2013

From Media Matters.

Major news outlets have been almost entirely silent on the advancement of one of the most significant pieces of LGBT legislation in U.S. history – the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Nine out of 10 voters believe – incorrectly – that federal law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In reality, it is perfectly legal (and common) to fire, harass, and discriminate against LGBT workers in most states in the U.S.

Part of the reason for the public’s continued misconception is that mainstream media outlets have failed to report on the lack of progress on ENDA – a bill that would ban discrimination against LGBT workers. In an April 26article titled “Where is the media on ENDA?,” the Columbia Journalism Review noted:

A bill that is crucial to the civil rights of the LGBT community was reintroduced in both houses of Congress on Thursday, and you probably didn’t hear a thing about it.

[T]he media barely seems to care. A quick Google search showed that only a handful of mainstream outlets wrote stories about the measure in advance of its introduction.

That trend seems to have continued. On July 10, ENDA passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in a bipartisan 15-7 vote, marking the furthest the bill had advanced in the Senate in 17 years.

According to a Media Matters analysis, however, cable news outlets almost entirely ignored the story, opting instead to fawn obsessively about the upcoming birth of the Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby. Read the rest of the story at Media Matters.

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