Sunday, April 27, 2008

Not So Fast - We Saw The Anti-Gay Bias WNEM!

WNEM, a CBS affiliated network has published fiercely biased anti-gay coverage of the Day of Silence. They quickly took down the article after Queer activists complained that this was a mouthpiece for the right-wing homophobic agenda.


Check out this cached page of the article


Contact them at:

WNEM TV

55409 Gateway CentreBuilding C, Suite D

Flint, MI 48507

Phone: 810-232-3900

Newsroom: 810-234-5607



EMail WNEM: wnem@wnem.com


Email Ian Rubin:
ian.rubin@wnem.com

13 comments:

GDad said...

You have got to be kidding me. Do these news organizations hire children for the editorial staff? This sounds like they tried a pretty sophomoric version of fairness - there are two "sides" to the issue, so in order to be "fair," we have to present both sides on equal footing.

No, no, no. Just because you have someone arguing with you doesn't make you both right or both wrong.

GDad said...

And they didn't even do a good job of presenting each side equally. Pretty obvious jackassery, if you ask me.

OK. I'm done now.

Ben said...

I'm sorry, but I'm seeming to have trouble locating the parts that are part of the "right-wing homophobic agenda". Could you please point them out to me?

Thanks

Queers United said...

Well Ben let's see, the mere fact that the article talks about the Day of Silence as a negative thing that needs to be protested for starters with no fair coverage as to why this event is being held. The usage of the term "alternative lifestyles", the use of the term "homosexual activists" as a way to scare people. Quoting the AFA a virulently right-wing anti-gay think tank. There is a reason people are angry and a reason they pulled this article. Too bad they posted it to begin with, I think they should be held accountable.

Ben said...

Well, they never stated it was negative. They are reporting the fact that an organization is urging parents to keep students home during the DOS.

Queers United said...

It is all about the context of which it was written. This was basically an action alert piece for the "American Family Association" and was published as legitimate news.

Ben said...

I agree that there may be some issues about the context, but to label the News Article as "a mouthpiece for the right-wing homophobic agenda" is, in my opinion, extreme and unnecessary.

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Queers United said...

Well Ben, the right-wing Christians are always the one to publish these sentiments and so I found it appropriate to use those words.

Ben said...

The point is that although the context they used was questionable, that does not make it a homophobic article. NPR tends to be liberal, but it would be unfair to call it "a mouthpiece for the left-wing socialist agenda".

Queers United said...

Fair enough Ben, you make a valid point. I won't lie I am biased to a progressive point of view obviously but not all right-wingers are anti-gay.

misslynx said...

The cached version you linked to is no longer showing up - it just says "This article is no longer available through this web site".

Queers United said...

Sorry it did work for a few weeks but I guess the newspaper contacted google to take it off due to activist emails.

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