Accuracy in Media

When President Bush endorsed a $15 billion bill that focused more on fighting AIDS with condoms rather than through abstinence, the media suddenly became pro-Bush. ABC World News Tonight correspondent Terry Moran said Bush feels a “moral calling” and that his conscience and religious faith have led him in this direction. The liberal editorial writers for the New York Times said the president exhibited “compassion that all can endorse.”

But is it compassionate to promote a failed policy? Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute says that, over the course of the nineties, the U.S. Agency for International Development shipped approximately 5 billion condoms abroad, while billions more came from other groups. “Yet,” he says, “despite this flood of condoms into the developing world, the rate of HIV/AIDS infection continued to grow at startling rates.”

The media don’t want to talk about the dangerous sexual practices that are spreading the disease. Two big problems in Africa are sexual promiscuity and prostitution. Here, the main problems are the homosexual lifestyle and illicit drug use. Liberals, however, want to avoid criticizing the lifestyles that generate most of the problem in the first place. So they encourage the use of condoms and needle-exchange programs.

Peter LaBarbera of the Culture and Family Institutes says he was dumbfounded when the head of the homosexual Log Cabin Republicans denied there was any connection between the homosexual lifestyle and AIDS. Figures show that 48 percent of all AIDS cases in the U.S. are homosexuals or bisexuals. Thirty one percent are identified as intravenous drug users. But this category also includes cases in which other high-risk behaviors, such as homosexuality, were reported.

Anybody who suggests there is anything wrong with homosexuality, such as Senator Rick Santorum, is immediately attacked. In talking about a case before the Supreme Court, Senator Santorum said in the now-famous AP interview: “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.” That is very similar to what Justice Byron White wrote for the Court in Bowers v. Hardwick, in which state laws against sodomy were upheld. White said, “It would be difficult, except by fiat, to limit the claimed right to homosexual conduct while leaving exposed to prosecution adultery, incest, and other sexual crimes even though they are committed in the home. We are unwilling to start down that road.”

Last year Santorum discussed the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, saying, “It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning ‘private’ moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected.” The media don’t like to hear that kind of talk.

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