This Week in Conservative Media: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Don't Write About It

As "don't ask, don't tell" goes under the microscope at the Pentagon, Fox News is leading the charge to get opposing views into the discussion. One Fox News blogger, producer Trish Turner, writes, "Just caught up with Sen John Cornyn, R-TX, a member of the Armed Services Cmte and head of the GOP re-election operation, to ask him about a repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'—and he said, 'At a time when we're putting our men and women through long deployments, it's really not a good idea to engage in social engineering in the military.' Cornyn was adamant, 'I think it's not a good idea.' "

A majority of Americans approve of the repeal of DADT, but the Pentagon will likely take up to one year to repeal the policy barring gays from openly serving in the military. For the most part, however, the conservative media seem to be shying away from the subject this week.

Another exception is Fox's Mike Emanuel, who covered both sides of the debate but detailed how Sen. John McCain and other Republicans "think this is just the wrong time to be changing this policy with the U.S. military fighting two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." McCain has said that he wanted officials to determine what effects a repeal would have on the readiness and effectiveness of the military before making any decisions.

Eli Lake of The Washington Times interviews several different voices on the issue, giving a relatively balanced look at reaction to the repeal. "Elaine Donnelly, the president of the Livonia, Mich.-based Center for Military Readiness—a public policy organization that supports Congress' law, but not 'don't ask, don't tell'—said the proper way to address this issue is to get rid of the 'institutional dishonesty' of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy and return to a more forthright barring of gay Americans from serving in the military."

Lake recounts the arguments of several high-ranking officials who support the repeal, but closes the article on the opposition.

On the same day, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said it would be wrong to lift the ban on gays in the military.

"With America's sons and daughters fighting two wars, I've seen no data that would convince me that changing the current law or the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy would make their jobs easier or improve overall military readiness," he said.

Last week, writes Lake, Senator McCain also came out against the lifting the ban on gays in the military.

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