Accuracy in Media

In a blatant violation of journalistic ethics, Time magazine assigned a homosexual reporter, John Cloud, to write the recent Time cover story on homosexual teenagers but did not disclose his conflict of interest to its readers. The story, The Battle Over Gay Teens, was the cover story in the October 10 issue.

The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality has denounced Cloud for having “a long history of promoting the gay political agenda while disguised as a mainstream reporter.” It says that he used to work for the Washington City Paper, an alternative newsweekly, and authored a sympathetic look at gay bathhouses, where homosexuals have anonymous sex. Cloud has been given awards by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

It’s no surprise, therefore, that the 2004 GLAAD annual report reveals that the organization’s corporate sponsors include Time, Inc. and Time Magazine, in addition to Time Warner, People Magazine, ABC News, Fox Entertainment Group, HBO, and MTV Networks.

Meanwhile, Peter LaBarbera, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, has brought to our attention the fact that last February the NewsHour on PBS featured essayist Richard Rodriguez favorably commenting on a book by C.A. Tripp that argued that “Lincoln was predominantly homosexual.”

LaBarbera responded: “The sad truth is that homosexual historians like C.A. Tripp are now applying Alfred Kinsey’s shoddy research methods to history-against heroes and national figures who cannot defend themselves from the grave. Every reputable Lincoln scholar dismisses the ‘gay Lincoln’ thesis as baseless; much of it arises from the application of decadent present-day values to a past age when homosexual behavior was universally regarded as taboo and an egregious sin. For example, every Lincoln historian without a “gay” agenda dismisses the notion that just because Lincoln bunked with his friend Joshua Speed (as many men did, due to a shortage of beds), it is evidence he was homosexual.

“Now, homosexual activists are routinely asserting as fact that ‘Lincoln was gay,’ just as they once lied about the ‘fact’ that 10 percent of the population was ‘gay.’  It is the duty of all reputable Lincoln historians to aggressively repudiate this lie and not to give in to current political correctness by treating it seriously.  What a pity it will be if schoolchildren across the country are to be taught this falsehood-or even that Lincoln ‘might have been gay’-in their studies of the 16th President.”

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