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November 21, 2004

Ugh. AMERICAblog reports that Friday's print edition of the Washington Post contained a "magazine ad supplement" that was essentially one long attempt to encourage homophobia among African-Americans.

"BothSides Magazine" poses as a new publication about religious issues, and this particular issue just happens to be about the controversial social issue of gay marriage. Honestly, it looks primarily to be a self-promotional tool for Dr. Derek Grier, the editor (and pastor of the magazine's publisher, Grace Christian Church). Can't help but notice Grier's photo all over this thing, and goodness gracious, it also happens to mention that he has a new book available!

It starts off by trying to make it look like gays' demands for their own "civil rights" is a gross insult to the suffering and struggles of African-Americans in their own long fight for freedom and equality. Then it goes on to repeat tired (and often erroneous) arguments against homosexuality and gay marriage from religious and scientific "experts" (fanatics James Dobson and Paul Cameron).

I could tear this thing apart, showing every little lie and manipulation, but why bother? Their goal and message is transparent.

Obviously, the Grace Christian Church has every right to write and print their nonsense. And they have every right to try to get other publications to distribute their nonsense. But for fuck's sake, an allegedly objective newspaper of record like the Washington Post agreeing to include this shit?

You can read the magazine yourself via links here (most in pdf format), and AMERICAblog (which has been all over this story) also recommends contacting the ombudsman at the WP to tell them what you think about all this:

Mike Getler
ombudsman@washpost.com
(202) 334-7582

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"Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth."

First they will destroy marriage, and then (insert evil laughter), THE EARTH ITSELF.

Thats pretty rational.

r.

Posted by: ryan a. at November 21, 2004 03:21 PM

oh my god. what about my friends who arent monogamous? do only gay non monogamous people destroy the earth, or do heteros do it too? what about threesomes? is that worse??? are they taking part in the piece by piece dismantling of the earth as we know it? should we appoint task forces to storm dive bars and prevent intoxicated barflies from taking that 2 a.m. cab home together? Dont do it!!! what does it all mean? maybe we can balance things by having a large portion of the population remain celebate until the earth's crusts can mend themselves from this degradation...good thing we have all those young christians who are saving themselves for jesus, its a start.

Posted by: r.anderson at November 21, 2004 03:27 PM

this kind of crap won't go away until everyone ups and admits that there's no God, only fairy tales we make up when we look up in the sky and wonder what it's all about.

i predict that won't happen anytime soon ;)

Posted by: nobody cares at November 22, 2004 04:02 AM

Oh by the way, speaking of religious crusading, you might want to add this to your list of links...

http://www.dubyaspeak.com

Posted by: nobody cares at November 22, 2004 04:04 AM
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December 01, 2004

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The Great Indecency Hoax- last week, we wrote about how the "massive outcry" to the FCC about a racy Fox TV segment amounted to letters from 20 people. This week, we look at the newest media scandal, the infamous "naked back" commercial. On Monday Night Football, last week, ABC aired an ad for it's popular "Desperate Housewives" TV show, in which one of the actresses from the show attempted to seduce a football player by removing the towel she was wearing to bare her body to him. All the audience saw, however, was her back. No tits, no ass, no crotch, just her back.

No one complained.

The next Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his shocked viewers how the woman had appeard in the commercial "buck naked".

Then, the FCC received 50,000 complaints. How many of them actually saw this commercial is anyone's guess.

The article also shows the amazing statistics that although the Right is pretending that the "22% of Americans voted based on 'moral values'" statistic shows the return of the Moral Majority, this is actually a huge drop from the 35% who said that in the 2000 election or the 40% who said that in 1996 (when alleged pervert Bill Clinton was re-elected). This fact is so important I'm going to mention it over in the main news section too.

Brian Williams may surprise America- Tom Brokaw's replacement anchor, Brian Williams, dismissed the impact of blogs by saying that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Which is really funny, coming out of the mouth of a dude who's idea of journalism is to read words out loud off a teleprompter. Seriously, if parrots were literate, Brian Williams would be reporting live from the line outside the soup kitchen.

In related news, Tom Brokaw has quit NBC Nightly News, and it appears that unlike his predecessor, the new guy can speak without slurring words like a drunk.

PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror- in February of 2002, Donald Rumsfeld announced the creation of the Office of Strategic Influence, a new department that would fight the war on terror through misinformation, especially by lying to journalists. Journalists were so up in arms about this that the Pentagon agreed to scrap the program.

Don't you think that an agency designed to lie to the public might lie about being shut down, too?

This article gives some examples about the US military lying to the press for propaganda and disinformation purposes.

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR in December- African-American talk show host Tavis Smiley is opting to not renew his daily talk show on National Public Radio. He criticized his former employers for failing to: "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply donít know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future." He's 100% correct. NPR is white. Polar bear eating a marshmallow at the mayonaise factory white. And the reason it's so white is that it is trying to maintain an affluent listener base (premoniantly older white folks) who will donate money to their stations. This is a great paradox of American public broadcasting, that they have a mandate to express neglected viewpoints and serve marginalized communities, but those folks can't donate money in the amounts that the stations would like to see.

U.S. Muslim Cable TV Channel Aims to Build Bridges- it sounds more positive than it is "Bridges TV" seems to simultaneously be a cable channel pursuing an affluent American Muslim demographic, and a way of building understanding and tolerance among American non-Muslims who might happen to watch the channel's programming. I was hoping it would be aimed more at Muslim's worldwide, but it ain't. Still, I'd be interested in seeing how their news programs cover the issues.

Every Damned Weblog Post Ever- it's funny cuz it's true.

Wikipedia Creators Move Into News- Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created collectively by thousands of contributors. It's one of those non-profit, decentralized, collective, public projects that show how good the internet can be. Now, the Wikipedia founders are working on a similar project to create a collaborative news portal, with original content. Honestly, it's quite similar to IndyMedia sites (which reminds me, happy 5th birthday, IndyMedia!). I'll admit, I'm a bit skeptical about the Wikinews project, though. IndyMedia sites work because they're local, focused on certain lefty issues, and they're run by activists invested in their beliefs. I'm not sure what would drive Wikinews or how it would hang together.

CBS, NBC ban church ad inviting gays- the United Church of Christ created a TV ad which touts the church's inclusion, even implying that they accept homosexuals into their congregation. Both CBS and NBC are refusing to air the ad. This is not too surprising, as many Americans are uncomfortable about homosexuality, and because TV networks are utter cowards. But CBS' explanation for the ban was odd:

"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast."

Whoa, what? First of all, the ad does not mention marriage at all. Second, since when do positions opposite of the Executive Branch constitute "unacceptable"? This doesn't sound like "we're not airing this because it's controversial", this sounds like "we're afraid of what the President might say."

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