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08/28/2007

The AFA's 'so-called' news agenda

by Jeremy Hooper

In the past, we've seen the writers of the American Family Association's One News Now website take considerable liberties with the way they reprint wire stories from the Associated Press. Typically, these liberties involve changing the word "gay" to the word "homosexual," or putting the concept of gay marriage in quotes as if such is alleged or a nickname. However, this latest AP bastardization might just take the unethical cake:

Here is how the AP introduced a story about Larry Craig (this from 'Forbes,' though the exact same text can be found on many other outlets):

Apreal

And now, here's how ONN presents the same (complete with AP branding and attribution given to the writer, Matthew Daly):

Socalledonn

Yes, the American Family Association, being the bastion of truth and values that they are, have taken it upon themselves to insert the word "so-called" before gay marriage, without bothering to make any sort of a note that the term is their own and not Mr. Daly's. They have basically editorialized within someone else's copyrighted text, using hostile "pro-family" terminology so that the text more readily fits their gay nups-opposing agenda. UNREAL!

As for their truncation of the text -- we do believe that is within their rights as a "new outlet" who is allowed to repurpose AP stories. However, we have a very good feeling that neither the AP nor Mr. Daly himself would be at all comfortable with them going not only altering the text in the way that they have, but doing so in ways that run contrary to the AP's own editorial practices. We're contacting them right now; we'll let you know what we find out.

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One of my favorite segments of your blog has been your reporting on AFA's altering of AP wires. I hope you've been repeatedly reporting them and I hope the AP takes action against these fools.

Posted by: Eric | Aug 29, 2007 8:22:51 AM

I notice that conservative Roman Catholics who do not believe in divorce and re-marriage still gave Ronnie and Nancy the social courtesy of being referred to as married and as a husband and wife without any qualification.

AFA might offer the same social courtesy without feeling they are violating any of their principles. To do otherwise is simply uncharitable.

Posted by: Kurt | Aug 29, 2007 11:56:41 AM

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