This Just In: MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Getting Married

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    Aug 08, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
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    New York Observer...Mr. Roberts says his late-September wedding to Patrick Abner, of Merck Pharmaceuticals’ HIV/AIDS division, and his public persona as a gay man, are unlikely to hurt his career at MSNBC—not least because, unlike certain newly out cable newsmen, he makes no claims to objectivity. “I am not objective when it comes to equality. And that means for all. I want it for you, for me, for everybody … It’s written in our Constitution: life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and what’s wrong with talking about that? Nothing.”

    The Manhattan wedding is to have about 150 guests, and Mr. Roberts’s attention has been diverted by the process of shedding unwanted weight. “I was on the treadmill for three miles this morning. I will be on it for three miles tomorrow. I had a Red Bull for lunch and I eat gum. I’m the typical groom!” His desk was cluttered not merely with his lunch—a pack of peppermint—but also an academic text on Loving v. Virginia and an MSNBC briefing packet on Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential options.

    We asked Mr. Roberts how the gay movement—consumed over the past week in a battle over the actions of Chick-fil-A, a Georgia-based chicken sandwich-monger—could distinguish between signal and noise. Mr. Roberts didn’t see it that way. “They’ve been a longstanding company, I think since the 1950s, based in Georgia. I would love if we could figure out what they did for Loving v. Virginia back in the 1960s,” he said referencing the landmark case striking down anti-miscegenation laws. “I would venture a guess: I think I know what they would say.

    “The great thing that I love about our country is that though we were founded on freedom of religion, most important and most overlooked is that we were founded on freedom from religion … I fully believe in traditional marriage. You want one, go get one.”


    Mr. Roberts said, though, that he wasn’t especially inclined to cover gay stories because of his demographic profile, despite the ex post facto judgments of viewers. “I think LGBT stories right now are newsmakers. So, no matter if you’re straight, gay or Martian, you’re going to be covering them. Because I am who I am, I can provide a different viewpoint, because people at home might know who I am or where I’ve come from—and that’s O.K.”

    But being out of the closet allows one to pursue stories of social justice more aggressively, without worrying about whispers. We asked Mr. Roberts about his old CNN colleague, Anderson Cooper, who’d risen in the ranks while staying publicly closeted, until this summer. “Now people can stop asking me when do you think Anderson’s going to come out,” he said. “I have had that for years! And I think it’s great … I think he’s in a place now where he wants that personal-professional synergy. And he deserves that.”

    Mr. Roberts and his partner of 12 years will necessarily be a power couple of sorts, though the anchor doesn’t seek public attention. “I’m a reluctant role model because I will fail. I will fall flat on my face. I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again.” But, having missed the chance to wed while living in Los Angeles (blame Prop. 8!), Mr. Roberts is ready for the next phase of his life. “This time around, we feel very confident in the fact that we’re prepared, and people know it’s really happening …”

    He paused. “And now I’ve started to think about the caterer, and I’ve lost my train of thought.”


    Congrats to the grooms.
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    Aug 08, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
    Good for him. I always liked him.
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    Aug 08, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    I think his husband to be is one lucky guy.
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    I sat and chatted with him in a jacuzzi once at an L.A. pool party. Super nice guy, and even hotter in real life.
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    Good for him. "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, however. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    SF79 saidGood for him. "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, however. icon_lol.gif


    I noticed that too. Whoops.
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saideven hotter in real life.


    I have doubts about whether that's actually possible. icon_smile.gif

    Congratulations to the happy couple!
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    Awesome! Cute couple!
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
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    SF79 saidGood for him. "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, however. icon_lol.gif


    I noticed that too. Whoops.

    It's a common mistake I see coming from both political sides, depending on the topic being discussed. That sad part is it is often coming from well educated people. Another one that comes from both sides is the idea that the First Amendment protects you from being fired from a private employer based on what you say. Whenever a well known person is fired for making controversial statements, you hear over and over on TV and in forums and news sites that his or her right to free speech has been violated.

    Anyways, congratulations to the handsome couple.
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    Aug 08, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidIt's a common mistake I see coming from both political sides, depending on the topic being discussed. That sad part is it is often coming from well educated people. Another one that comes from both sides is the idea that the First Amendment protects you from being fired from a private employer based on what you say. Whenever a well known person is fired for making controversial statements, you hear over and over on TV and in forums and news sites that his or her right to free speech has been violated.


    This. Not trying to derail the topic, but this has come up again and again in relation to the Chick-Fil-A debate: the right to free speech does not protect anyone from repercussions of that speech.
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    Aug 09, 2012 3:03 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI sat and chatted with him in a jacuzzi once at an L.A. pool party. Super nice guy, and even hotter in real life.


    Like a lot of LA stories, always questionable, especially this one. My guess would be that maybe you asked him if he wanted another drink!
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    Aug 09, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    JackBlair69 saidRoberts has gotten pudgy since he "came out."


    Well if he still looks like this, I'll take one please icon_smile.gif

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    Aug 09, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    Sounds awesome! Congrats on the marriage, I wish the best for them!

    But...I hate MSNBC
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    Koaa2 said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI sat and chatted with him in a jacuzzi once at an L.A. pool party. Super nice guy, and even hotter in real life.


    Like a lot of LA stories, always questionable, especially this one. My guess would be that maybe you asked him if he wanted another drink!

    Will fur fly? Will Todd let this one pass? Stay tuned...
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    Aug 09, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
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    sonicpower19 saidSounds awesome! Congrats on the marriage, I wish the best for them!

    But...I hate MSNBC


    Yeah, msnbc is the worst. Last night Maddow did not disappoint - she repeated the debunked claim about the guy who could light his kitchen faucet water on fire because of natural gas drilling. (From the movie Gasland.)

    She also trotted out that idiot Melissa Harris-Perry who was contorting herself over God knows what (it was so insipid, I cant even remember what she was talking about).

    O yeah, it was all about the welfare reform rollback thing that Obama has recently enacted. God, they are so fucking stupid at msnbc.


    Omg..I hate Maddow. Sure she went to Stanford, but she is annoying and a terrible anchor. MSNBC uses so much propaganda. Their commercials with the anchors who talk about MSNBC and their "reliable news" I just abhor.
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    Aug 09, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
    I'm happy for Robert and his husband-to-be.
    Congrats to a very handsome couple!

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    Aug 09, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
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    I fear for the nation - opinion leaders like him don't know their ass from a hole in the ground, and yet muddleheaded Liberals everywhere think he's some kind of intellectual.

    heh heh heh, I said "hardon" heh heh heh


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    Aug 09, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    MSNBC just gained my respect by allowing this event to be publicized, instead of firing them for being gay.

    Yay MSNBC! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 09, 2012 4:29 AM GMT
    Congratulations to the happy (and hot) couple.
    It's so great to live in a state like New York where gay Americans can get married.

    And it's so great to have a president who supports the equal rights of gay Americans.

    It's also going up be great to see the Democrats adopt a new official party platform at their convention in NC this September.
    The Democratic party will become the first political party in US history to include a plank in their official party platform endorsing same sex marriage.

    The Repubs are having their convention later this month and they will vote yet again to include an anti-gay marriage plank in their official party platform.
    America is moving forward and embracing equal rights for gay Americans - while the Repubs continue to push an anti-gay agenda.
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    Aug 09, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidMSNBC just gained my respect by allowing this event to be publicized, instead of firing them for being gay.

    Yay MSNBC! icon_biggrin.gif




    Yup.

    It's safe to say that we're not going to see any gay couples getting married on the Fox pro-right-wing propaganda channel anytime soon!
    Unless its part of an "exposé" on the evils of homosexuality (hosted by Fox personality and Chick-Fil-A fan Mike Huckabee).

    Even boring old CNN keeps poor old Anderson Cooper on a tight leash.
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    Aug 09, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    Hooray! Happy news!
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    Aug 09, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    Much congratulations to them! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 09, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidMSNBC just gained my respect by allowing this event to be publicized, instead of firing them for being gay.

    Yay MSNBC! icon_biggrin.gif




    Yup.

    It's safe to say that we're not going to see any gay couples getting married on the Fox pro-right-wing propaganda channel anytime soon!
    Unless its part of an "exposé" on the evils of homosexuality (hosted by Fox personality and Chick-Fil-A fan Mike Huckabee).

    Even boring old CNN keeps poor old Anderson Cooper on a tight leash.
    What's really funny is I grew up around Mike H, and one of my grade school friends helped create his original website. Now neither of us give that homophobic fucker the time of day. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 09, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
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    RickRick91 saidCongratulations to the happy (and hot) couple.
    It's so great to live in a state like New York where gay Americans can get married.

    And it's so great to have a president who supports the equal rights of gay Americans.

    It's also going up be great to see the Democrats adopt a new official party platform at their convention in NC this September.
    The Democratic party will become the first political party in US history to include a plank in their official party platform endorsing same sex marriage.

    The Repubs are having their convention later this month and they will vote yet again to include an anti-gay marriage plank in their official party platform.
    America is moving forward and embracing equal rights for gay Americans - while the Repubs continue to push an anti-gay agenda.


    Fiddling while the economy burns.




    Yes, Bush did fiddle while the economy burned.

    A housing crisis, the 2007-2009 recession, the 2008 bank crisis - they all hit on his watch - and what did Bush do?
    Nothing.

    Now instead of coming up with fresh ideas - Mitt Romney is proposing that we go back to the same failed Bush policies that wrecked the economy to begin with.

    The Repubs wrecked the economy and caused 8.7 mlion jobs to be lost - and they haven't even learned from their mistakes.

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    Aug 09, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
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    RickRick91 said
    paulflexes saidMSNBC just gained my respect by allowing this event to be publicized, instead of firing them for being gay.

    Yay MSNBC! icon_biggrin.gif




    Yup.

    It's safe to say that we're not going to see any gay couples getting married on the Fox pro-right-wing propaganda channel anytime soon!
    Unless its part of an "exposé" on the evils of homosexuality (hosted by Fox personality and Chick-Fil-A fan Mike Huckabee).

    Even boring old CNN keeps poor old Anderson Cooper on a tight leash.
    What's really funny is I grew up around Mike H, and one of my grade school friends helped create his original website. Now neither of us give that homophobic fucker the time of day. icon_cool.gif





    I can understand.

    Huckabee comes across as all warm and fuzzy.
    But underneath all that corn pone is a whole lot of ugly hate.