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Gangnam Style Overshadows Uganda's "Kill The Gays" Bill In Cable News Coverage

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Media Matters
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December 13, 2012
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An Equality Matters analysis found that cable news networks' coverage of the reemergence of Uganda's proposed "Kill the Gays" bill - legislation which would make homosexuality punishable by death - has been scant over the past several weeks and paled in comparison to their coverage of the Korean pop song "Gangnam Style." According to an Equality Matters analysis, between October 31 and December 5, both CNN and Fox News devoted more time to covering Korean pop star Psy's song "Gangnam Style" than reporting on the renewed support for the passage of Uganda's "Kill the Gays" law. There is no indication that Fox News covered the measure...In October, Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga vowed to bring the country's controversial "Kill the Gays" bill up for a vote. Her statement came in response to the threat that Western countries, including the United States, might cut off foreign aid to Uganda over the country's treatment of LGBT people.