First Matt Lauer of Today, now Howard Kurtz on CNN: What's with all the TV newsmen leaping to defend Miss California for opposing gay marriage "in my country?"

On Reliable Sources today, Kurtz went after blogger Perez Hilton for being a big angry gay who pestered the nice pretty pageant contestant with a pointless question about her "individual view" that homosexual marriage should be illegal, because the Bible said so.

Hilton replied, sensibly, that Miss USA should be able to answer a civil rights question without saying hugely offensive/moronic things ("opposite marriage??"). But Kurtz kept insisting she's just a beauty pageant contestant who shouldn't have to answer political questions.

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The Miss USA organization would seem to disagree. It says its contest is about "humanitarian goals" and improving "the lives of others," and it wouldn't have appointed a gay male judge if it wanted a simple looks contest.

Maybe the group should show Kurtz and Lauer exactly how it evaluates women on criteria beyond their appearance. The guys might learn something!