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August 31, 2004

We're Can't Be Homophobic, We're The Liberal Media!

Every now and then I flirt with the notion of canceling my newspaper subscription. It's not like there's a lot in it that I can't find online--comics especially--and the news within is almost always outdated by the time I pick it up, though admittedly I wouldn't know as much about the local news if I had to count on running across it online.

Sometimes though, one just has to have an offline subscription to get the full...flavor of a news story.

Take this keep-the-wife-awake at night scare story from the Washington Post, The Man of Your Nightmares: When Good Husbands Go Bad, which, as tabloidy as it is, seems more or less benign. I took one glance at the first paragraph this morning over coffee, then skipped the whole thing. Inside though, the pulp and ink version of the story has something the electronic versions lack--handy photos.

"That doesn't seem fair," the SW commented to me as she was reading the article--she having somewhat more interest in the general idea of husbands going bad, for some odd reason.

"What's not fair?" I enquired.

"Putting the gay guy next to the murderers."

That made sense. Presumably the N&O, our local rag, wherein the story appeared this morning, or the Washington Post, where the article was originally published, would be among the first to object if a picture of John "I committed the same kind of atrocities" Kerry appeared beside those of William Calley and Adolf Eichmann in a Swift Boat Vets commercial, yet the N&O* at least has no compunctions about treating a gay man in the same manner.

Yes, I realize that to some homosexuality is as just as much of a sin as murder** (or worse!) but to be honest, I didn't really think consider the Washington Post and the News and Observer to be members of that group. Perhaps I should.

*I don't have a physical copy of the story in the Post to compare the N&O article with, and the photos above have a byline of "News & Observer File Photos," so there's at least a strong possibility that only the N&O is at fault here.

**Or an "accused murderer", but Hacking has already confessed to killing his wife, and do you really think Peterson is innocent?

Posted by Bigwig at August 31, 2004 01:19 PM | TrackBack
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