Hearne: Is KCTV’s Gary Amble Worried About Gay Backlash Over Sister’s Comments?

The riding just keeps getting rougher for KCTV weather wonk Gary Amble’s sister…

Channel 5’s done its part to milk that Amble’s sister – nut job Michele Bachmann – has blundered into the squared circle of presidential politics. Including its recent, "exclusive" interview with Amble, in which he dodged anything resembling a meaningful question about his controversial sister.

Big surprise.

Bachmann’s suffered more embarrassing toe stubs than all the other presidential hopefuls combined. And at the end of KCTV’s puff piece, anchor Brad Stephens cautions that Amble would not be accepting any more media interview requests re his sister’s candidacy.

Which may sound a little funny until you consider the story in the August 8 National Enquirer.

"Some (Bachmann) family members actually fear for their safety due to Michele and Marcus‘ outrageous views," a family insider tells the Enquirer.

Marcus Bachmann being Bachmann’s equally controversial husband and Amble’s brother-in-law.

"Hollywood has declared war on presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband for their controversial views on the gays," the Enquirer reports. ""Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, opposes same-sex marraige and has called being gay ‘part of Satan.’ Her husband Marcus – who runs Christian couseling clinics – believes gays and lesbians can be ‘cured’ of their sexual preference with prayer and has called gays ‘barbarians.’ "

Some of Amble’s sister’s gaffes make his worst weathercasts appear pinpoint accurate by comparison.

Like the time she told Fox News she was from the same hometown as American movie Legend John Wayne. Uh, make that serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Or the time she said slave-owning Founding Fathers "worked tirelessly" to end slavery. Then compounded the mistake by wrongly characterizing John Quincy Adams –  a 9 year-old boy at the signing of the Declaration of Independence – as a Founding Father.

The couple’s gay remarks even sparked Cher into unleashing a Tweet labeling Amble’s bro-in-law "unchristian" and adding she’d like to choke him with her boa.

Other Hollywood celebs opposing Amble’s sister’s bid for the White House include Brad Pitt, Whoopie Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin, Sharon Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, the Enquirer reports.

The $64 million question: is Amble laying low because he’s worried about backlash from the gay community?

He ain’t talking.

But "with the Bachmann’s views drawing more fire, her husband’s Bachmann & Associates clinic in suburban Minneapolis was glitter-bombed on July 21 by a group of gay activists dressed as barbarians," the Enquirer reports. "Marcus Bachmann was not present when the activists scattered glitter in a waiting room and reception area, while some reportedly chanted, ‘You can’t pray away the gay – baby, I was born this way.’"

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43 Responses to Hearne: Is KCTV’s Gary Amble Worried About Gay Backlash Over Sister’s Comments?

  1. bjayhawk says:

    Nut jobs
    Guess being a nut job in Hearne’s book means you aren’t a card carrying ACLU nut job.

    Bachman has no shelf life — I don’t know why you libs fear her so much. Maybe because it means a lot of people out there don’t agree with your feel good, weak kneed mental approach to life.

    Stick to Fiats and things you know.

  2. Curt says:

    Nice Hatchet Job A-Hole!
    I guess because she wants smaller government, and a belief system you disagree with makes her a nut, is that correct? I would hope that I wouldn’t have to agree with all the Hollywood B listers your referenced to be considered ok in your book.
    Maybe the Star knew what they were doing when they canned your lousy ass.
    Call me a nut job then.

  3. Hearne Christopher says:

    Yes, sir!

    But I think nut jobs come in all flavors if you must know. I don’t have any dogs in this political fight. Still trying to keep and open mind.

  4. Hearne Christopher says:

    Why Curt, I would never stoop to name calling.

    Lady Gaga a B-Lister? You’re a tuff dude to please.

    As for the Star knowing what they were doing, you may have a point

  5. smartman says:

    Vagina Principle
    I guess that’s the female version of the Peter Principle. Bachman is unelectable as President for a variety of reasons both now and in the future. She is definitely an influencer. Her passionate smaller government dogma resonates with voters far beyond the controversy of the hoo-hah of cutchie-cutchie, rug munching and butt pirate-ing.

    Her claim to fame is knocking that pseudo-intellectual wanna be Sarah Palin off the radar screen. She is far longer on substance and bona fides than Sarah Baracuda will ever be. Speaker of the House someday maybe. White House, NEVER.

  6. Markus Aurelius says:

    Hearne, you don’t have a dog in the hunt?? Yeah right.
    I don’t care if you want to bag on a Republican hopeful by calling her a ‘nutjob’ but don’t then act like you don’t have a dog in the fight and that you’re keeping an open mind. Good grief — you must have the most closed open mind ever. Maybe your next post should be about how Obama has trashed the constitution just as much as his predecessor by perpetuating, among other things, warrantless wiretaps against American citizens. With Bush people could at least pretend to believe that he just didn’t know that he was violating the constitution. Obama, a former con law prof at Univ of Chicago has no such excuse.

  7. chuck says:

    Markus Aurelius. No dis my friend…
    “We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.”
    – Marcus Aurelius

    Its the different topics that are so disparate, as to defeat the definition, that is Rep or Dem.

    Me, personally, I think that politicians SHOULD be products of their age.

    I thin FDR was our greatest Pres. I loved Ron Reagan. I Loved Obama and think he is doing the best he can with the mess fuckin George left.

    I support Gay folks in whatever they want to do. I mean really, who gives a fuck about gay folks?? Jeeze, they are NOT violent, they work hard and are, imo, really nice folks. Ya never cross the street in fear of a guy in fishnet stockings. Whne I was young, I use d to see gay guys, and think, YEAH, more chicks for me. I’m dumb like that.

    I am ok with cuttin soc security and ALL entitlements, but I wanna tax rich rich boys accordingly.

    We all want smaller govt, but I don;t think govt is intrinsically bad.

    I think all of us are ALL OVER THE ROAD ANYMORE politically , and it is hard to label anyone anymore a Rep or Dem.

    Hearne says he is keeping an open mind, what the heck…?

    Warrantless wiretaps are fucked and sick. So I am with ya on that.

  8. chuck says:

    I think capitalism is broke.

    Washington is broke, literally and metaphorically.

    Nothing is working.

    America is like a vampire in a bad movie, suckin the blood outta everybody while (Vampires don’t have alarm clocks???) the sun is coming up over its shoulder.


  9. harley says:

    they’re all clowns
    after this week…we all know everyone of them (dem and repub) is a nut job.
    I wonder if this will affect the weather guys job at the tv station.
    Hopefully not…seems like a good guy…
    we all have strange relatives….his juist happens to be a major
    political player in america….

  10. JenB says:

    Why no links?
    Hearne — The KC Star makes it a practice to grab news from elsewhere and then rarely (never) provide a link to the original content. Why have you carried the practice over to this site? It is bad blog etiquette. The story about Bachmann confusing the John Wayne vs John Wayne Gacy is weeks old and was carried on plenty of websites. Just like Jack citing a story last week on the National Health Institute and never citing where he read it first. I seriously doubt he was pouring through their studies and found the information himself. So, what gives? Why don’t you do what blogs have been doing since the dawn of blog time and provide proper links? Or were you pouring through footage of Bachmann in Iowa and came across this info yourself? Here is an article from Daily Kos — back on June 27th – which runs down this gaffe. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/06/27/989195/-Michele-Bachmann-says-she-shares-the-spirit-of-the-wrong-John-Wayne

  11. Orphan of the Road says:

    Capitalism without a conscience
    Is the cruelest system of all – I think it was Samuel Johnson? Our corporations have no soul, beyond what is metered by their PR folks. Sketchy at best.

    I’m sittin’ around that campfire with Billy, Wyatt and George. This used to be a helluva a country. Don’t tell the people they aren’t free.

    Gays are the least threat to anyone except the whack jobs. You can even disagree about the marriage thing, marriage is too important to leave to government. It hasn’t worked out all that well for most heteros, just sayin’.

    Everyday corporations get more rights while individuals are subjected to loss of rights. People are corrupt and content.

    Pity the weather guy, you can’t pick your family.

    But you don’t have to have a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Do you?

  12. Kerouac says:

    Our long national nightmare is almost over
    Romney / Bachmann ~ that’s the ticket ‘2012’! ~ Winner winner chicken dinner!

    Add Palin as Secretary of State… talk about a hot Oval Office & Cabinet!

    Bill Clinton would dump his Donkey for the Elephant to get a crack at some of that [ what was it Kinison said, “I’m coming into the Oval Office – I’m coming into the Oval Office, G*******t!” ]

    But the best part: the end of these blackest of dark days in US history, obuma.

  13. Tracy says:

    Good comments, boys&girls. Hearne out of line
    I winced when Hearne tossed the “nutjob” epithet at Michele. It was crass and not needed. Hearne is not just keeping an “open mind” he pays NO mind to politics, so that comment was gratuitous. If he actually covered politics, he would merit an opinion. He continually put off for an entire month what I urged when I learned about Gary Amble–that he reach out and interview him. And now–Hearne has missed the opportunity, since no more interviews will be given.

    So I guess he felt he could dismiss Bachmann with a little tinkle. And no homework.

    I so agree with need for links or attribution. Hearne now states that improvement to this site has a deadline of Labor Day. At least we don’t have to have Congress vote on THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or debate it!!!!

    I did enjoy seeing the video of Congresswoman Gaby Giffords’ return to vote. Good for her. And how exciting to learn that she greeted so many colleagues by name. A true miracle after such traumatic brain injury.

    I’m a bit surprised to read that our Chuck loves Obama. Harley is a D. also. Of course Chuck actually lives in Missouri, where there are still two parties. Not really the case in JoCo.

    I agree with the need for links

  14. chuck says:

    Tracy-got Casablanca on the brain today.
    Captain Renault: Hello Rick.
    Rick: Hello Louis.
    Captain Renault: How extravagant you are, throwing away women like that. Someday they may be scarce. You know, now I think I shall pay a call on Yvonne. Maybe get her on the rebound. Hmm?
    Rick: When it comes to women, you’re a true democrat.

    Yvonne was hot, and she could sure belt out “La Marseillaise”. Near and dear to your heart, I’ll bet!

    One of my favorite scenes.

  15. harley says:

    for you fools who think obama got outdone this time think twice. He’s gonna get
    a billion dollars for his reelection campaign…he’s gonna tar and feather the
    republicans for the ryan anit medicare vote….he’s gonna have the largest turnout
    ever of blacks and latinons/hispanics…but mostimportantly we’re gonna be…
    FLUSH WITH CASH COME JAN 1. 2013… obama cuts the balls off the rich
    motherfuckers who dug this hole for the 98% of us who have taken the
    cuts and the hard hits because of their greed and lies.
    Come jan. 1, 2013 the bush tax cuts end….and the word “debt” will never be heard
    again…and the scammers who put us in this rut will have to pay their fair share of
    taxes finally after living and growing on the backs of the 98% of america.
    Mark my words…you might not like the guy niow b ut he’ll trun the nation around
    and get us back on the right path….just had to put up with the tea party that
    could are less about us and more about their ideological b.s.
    say what you will…..obama is taking his path from the clintons who know how to
    run the nation……………….and with the wars ending…corporation having to pay
    their fair share of taxes….america will be back….its just a matter of time.
    god bless everyone.

  16. smartman says:

    Hear We Go Again
    Donald Trump is in Black Berry’s grill about his lack of leadership and business acumen. Donald “daddy buy some chips to keep my casino afloat” Trump! That’s like having Charles Barkley making fun of your golf swing.

    Problem with Half Black Berry is that life hasn’t gotten better for anybody except the remaining 27 Mrs bin Ladens since he said ” so help me God”. Whether you’ve got a 42′ Grand Banks or a fucking inner tube we’re all dead in the water.

    Tony Botello and Darla Jaye would be a better President and First Lady. At least Darla had the good sense to shed some weight. You seen Michele Obama’s ass lately? She could be the third Williams sister. Or maybe that’s where Half Black Berry is hiding the nuclear football. Joe Biden makes Shanin and Parks sound like Lincoln and Douglas.

    All of his hope and change cronies have abandoned ship.

    The 2012 election is about jobs-jobs-jobs. Handjobs, blowjobs, rimjobs, odd jobs, Steve Jobs.

    Half Black Barry doesn’t understand how to create jobs. Stimulus FAILED. Shovel ready wasn’t so shovel ready.

    Even the dumbest among us understands that sooner or later the bills gotta get paid. Whether it’s your crack dealer or KCPL everybody gets to the point where enough is enough.

    American people of every race, creed, color and socio-economic group have had enough of Half Black Berry, Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, SEIU, NPR, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Matthews et.al. Somebody whose last name starts with “O” has to go. So it is written. So it is said.

  17. mark smith says:

    Funniest line I’ve read in weeks
    “Joe Biden makes Shanin and Parks sound like Lincoln and Douglas. “

  18. Tracy says:

    Chuck, you amaze me…
    Do you actually remember all these lines from films and songs (loved your Hit Parade to Hearne )–or do you look this stuff up somewhere? If this is unaided recall, no wonder you drink on Saturdays…must be sending your brain’s hard drive in to be exchanged for a new one each week.

    Yes, Casablanca!! Story of my life. Close to love but no cigar. I’d quote something clever but fear I’d grab a line from the Amazon Queen instead. Maybe it’s just that I want to jump in my lake.

    And Smartman–this was a FAB post. Love the jobs line. You are so smart, and I like it when you leaven it with humor. At 107 degrees out, it’s just too hot to put up with meanness.

    Hell, even Harley was mellow today. I think we all needed those vacations!! Now if someone will just teach Kerouac how to write longform, and Hearne how to post photo captions (well, he KNOWS, he just refuses to do it), then life will be perfect.

  19. chuck says:

    No way I remember all those lines. (litttle drunk here)
    I remember parts of the lines, and more importantly to me, the way it felt to hear them, the first time, and all the times since.

    I look up the quotes, based on emotion and things I remember hearing long ago.

    There are cool folks who can quote extemporaneously lines from anything. Not me.

    I can feel parts of the lines extemporaneously, and know where to look.

    In my fuckin heart.

    In my fuckin soul.

    And, google.

    I would like to think, that the benefits of the internet, the impromtu, fast as a second delivery for any answer, is another way of bringing a judicious opinion, a traveled, empiracal, well worn, acclaimed by all, bent, that would accord me a garland of fame, is of my own volition. Knowledge I have aquired in the hurlyburly life that we all lead, only, mine would be cooler.

    Total bullshit.

    I have to think about things.

    I am slow and in no way original.

    But, then again, I sure beat the fuck outta Joe Miller, with the flu.

  20. chuck says:

    More honorable American theft…
    Rick: Don’t you sometimes wonder if it’s worth all this? I mean what you’re fighting for.
    Victor Laszlo: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing, we’ll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.
    Rick: Well, what of it? It’ll be out of its misery.
    Victor Laszlo: You know how you sound, Mr. Blaine? Like a man who’s trying to convince himself of something he doesn’t believe in his heart.

    *a single tear, and a smile on our lips, this, is America fuckheads*


  21. chuck says:

    Glaze’s Casablanca
    Yvonne: Where were you last night?
    Rick: That’s so long ago, I don’t remember.
    Yvonne: Will I see you tonight?
    Rick: I never make plans that far ahead.


  22. chuck says:

    My Casablanca
    Major Strasser: What is your nationality?
    Rick: I’m a drunkard.
    Captain Renault: That makes Rick a citizen of the world.

  23. chuck says:

    Hearne’s Casablanca
    Rick: And remember, this gun is pointed right at your heart.
    Captain Renault: That is my *least* vulnerable spot

  24. chuck says:

    Everyone’s Casablanca
    Ilsa: I love you so much. I hate war so much.

  25. Tracy says:

    Chuck rocks.
    Thanks for telling the truth, as always. You’re a funny guy, no question. Google has changed my world. That and Snopes…because I tend to be a sucker for those scare-me emails, (lock the door at Walmart, don’t answer the crying baby, bottle bombs thrown in your yard) and at least now I can sniff them out.

    And Joe Miller couldn’t carry your 8 track tapes out there in Bumfuck Mo. Let alone know where to load them. He’d probably get distracted trying to alphabetize them, by recording studio or some other utterly worthless yardstick for judging the character of the 8 track’s contents…

    What a pussy he is. That is so ICK to women with any self esteem. He thinks he is a “sensitive guy”, but really, he is a whiner.

    If Joe Miller is the modern Sensitive Man, then Gloria Squitiro really WAS Mary Todd Lincoln in a past life. I roar every time I see that TV commercial where Mary asks Honest Abe, “Do you think this dress makes my backside look fat??” Well, who would notice, I’m so busy trying to ignore your moustache…

  26. Hearne Christopher says:

    Hey, say what you will. I’m looking things over with an open mind. But when I see the stupid stuff Bachmann has said and been tripped up on, I can’t help but take note.

  27. Hearne Christopher says:

    Gary is a very good guy. Don’t think this will affect him in that regard

  28. Hearne Christopher says:

    I do links when I think they’re needed. You’re right, no need to link Bachmann’s many gaffes – they’re well known.

    This is a story that pertains to the National Enquirer reporting that there has been backlash on Bachmann and that her relatives are worried.

    And guess what? The relative we know is Gary Amble. Who did a quick hit on KCTV and now says no mas.

    Did you miss the point of this story? Apparently.

  29. Hearne Christopher says:

    Actually I follow politics quite closely. That’s why I felt quite comfortable tossing out the nut job tag.

    I just don’t write about them.

  30. BarKeeper says:

    OK bastards
    Let’s get back to doctored birth certificates, pirated Connecticut social security number, fraudulent applications for massive student loans and grants, and the gun-running scam to Mexico. I’ve enough debt talk to last til 2012, when this grifter goes back to Chicago, or to prison.

  31. JenB says:

    Let’s see, Fox News, National Enquirer, and KCTV 5 are the sources for your story, but links aren’t needed. You composed a blog entry taken from at least 3 different sources – without linking to them – then added a little bit of personal snark and voila! You’ve got your own piece! You provide no original reporting, just recapping other stories by other people, without the decency to drop in links or video to the original reporting. I’m all for you pulling info from other sources and providing your own spin, just give credit (ie – links) where credit is due.

    Worse, instead of acknowledging you could do better about including links or saying “it’s coming, I swear!” – you get down in the comments, start flinging mud, and trying to insult anyone who points out how the blog could be improved. Congratulations, Hearne. You are creating a nice environment here in the comments. You should think about changing the blog’s name to Cow Shit Confidential. Join us in the shit show!

  32. JenB says:

    PS – another little tip for you.
    I see you didn’t respond to my initial comment until 12:30 am. It is never a good idea to wade into the comments after you’ve had a few drinks.

  33. chuck says:

    “Its never a good idea to wade into the comments after you have had a few drinks.”

    FUCK!!! NOW ya tell me!!!!

  34. Robertoe says:

    The Republicrats.
    Go ahead. Focus and dialog on partisan politics and this debt crisis. You, politicians & conventional economists are missing the real crisis at hand.

    Who Killed Economic Growth? by Richard Heinberg


  35. RickM says:

    John Wayne movies were – with few exceptions – pretty trite and his politics were shallow. But to place his image at eye level with a mass murderer – as if they were somehow ‘equal’ – just to validate a months-old political gaffe is, to say the least, tasteless.

  36. Hearne Christopher says:

    Why so thin skinned, JenB?

    Look, when you start your Web site you can run it as you will. I do lots of reading and researching to come up with ideas for columns. How many people in KC stumbled onto that Enquirer story and dug thru it to see that Bachmann family members were worried about backlash?

    Then tied it all together to the local weather wonk not giving out interviews.

    I didn’t even use Fox News (like they’re going to report on Bachmann’s faux pas), so that wouldn’t have been a link anyway. May I suggest you calm down and enjoy the ride?

  37. Hearne Christopher says:

    Thanks for the advice, but the only drinks I had were about four glasses of orange juice after being in bed all day with the nice summer cold Jack Poessiger gave me over lunch the other day.

    Didn’t you ever learn about what happens when you, uh, assume?

  38. Hearne Christopher says:

    Pretty obvious she didn’t do it on purpose. But it’s like Palin’s version of Paul Revere’s ride. You can only say so many dumb and / or untrue things before it catches up to you.

  39. JenB says:

    Contact info?
    Hearne – I rather enjoy some elements of this site. Would it be possible to get your email address? I’d like to take this off the comment section and reach out to you directly. I went to the contact page, but it is blank or doesn’t load. Same with the advertising page.

  40. Tracy says:

    Jesus, Hearne–hire JenB!!!!
    JenB–you are smart, you are right, you are snarky. AND you know some techy shit. You could fit right in, here. Kind of a Maria with actual skills.

    Question, dear one: Will you work for hamburger trade? I could make that happen. You even sound thin, which could be a plus, since you can only order the hamburgers Tues Wed Thursday, but cannot get a soda with that.

    This site SO needs an editor. Yes, you peeked at all those broken links–it’s about time someone fixed this.

    Hearne, get well, then charm JenB into working for free for the “exposure”. She can polish her chops here, then move on to work for Tony, Fitz, Greg Hall, did I miss anyone? I won’t even mention Joe Whinypants…

  41. BarKeeper says:

    All-time Grifter
    “Reply From: Hearne Christopher
    04:51:01 PM – Wed. Aug 3. 2011

    Pretty obvious she didn’t do it on purpose. But it’s like Palin’s version of Paul Revere’s ride. You can only say so many dumb and / or untrue things before it catches up to you.”

    Try this on for size, from your all-time hero:

  42. Hearne Christopher says:

    Tracy, Tracy, Tracy…whatever am I gonna do with you?

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