Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post said it didn’t want to generate “a truckload of indignant letters,” but it nevertheless tried to compare opposition to homosexual marriage to old laws against blacks getting married to whites. For the Post, opposing the gay agenda is tantamount to racism. The New York Times endorsed homosexual marriage as well, saying any attempt to amend the constitution to prohibit the practice would be an effort to deny “minority rights.”

On the same day these editorials appeared, the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, revealed that the syphilis rate in the United States rose in 2002 for the second consecutive year, following a decade-long decline that led to an all-time low in 2000. It said the increase “was due in large part to increases in reported syphilis cases among men, particularly gay and bisexual men?” Syphilis can cause serious heart abnormalities, mental disorders, blindness, other neurological problems, and death.

Last July the CDC reported that data from 25 states with longstanding HIV reporting show the number of new HIV diagnoses among homosexual and bisexual men increased by 7.1 percent, from 2001 to 2002. The CDC said this indicated that homosexuals remain “at high, and perhaps increasing, risk for HIV infection.” It said that, “HIV diagnoses for gay and bisexual men have increased by 17.7 percent since the lowest point in 1999” but that new HIV cases in other vulnerable groups have remained stable since 2001.

In order to keep the media from focusing on that kind of information, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, GLAAD, has produced a “resource kit” for the media. It wants homosexuals presented as normal people and warns the media against running film clips of outrageous “gay pride” parades or “footage shot inside gay bars and clubs?” In making the case for homosexual marriage, GLAAD suggests looking at how newspapers are increasingly accepting announcements for same-sex weddings or unions.

The Post and the Times, two of those papers, were undoubtedly among the media referred to by Timothy Dailey of the Family Research Council when he wrote about how “Hollywood and the media relentlessly propagate the image of the fit, healthy, and well-adjusted homosexual.” Dailey said that the “Homosexual activists attempt to portray their lifestyle as normal and healthy, and insist that homosexual relationships are the equivalent in every way to their heterosexual counterparts.”

But the reality is quite different. Citing government studies and reports in “gay” papers themselves, Dailey writes that, “Instability and promiscuity typically characterize homosexual relationships. These two factors increase the incidence of serious and incurable STDs.” Commenting on Dailey’s research and study, Robert Knight of the Culture and Family Institute said that, “Nobody could think about homosexuality as something normal and healthy after reviewing this.” Of course, the major media will do their best to ignore it. GLAAD will make sure of that.

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