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01/14/2008

Tabloid journalism and junk science: A match made in irresponsible heaven

by Jeremy Hooper

We don't know which is sadder: (A) That the National Examiner tabloid would quote widely discredited researcher Paul Cameron as a credible information source, or (B) that Cameron has come to the point in his career wherein the only people who really take him seriously are supermarket tabloids. Either way, click the below image to see how this week's National Examiner helps Mr. Cameron in his quest to demonize gay people by citing a passage from his 1983 paper, "Is Homosexuality Disproportionately Associated With Murder?":

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Though considering that 1983 is the same year that Cameron was dropped from the APA, as well as the same year he proposed the tattooing and quarantining of AIDS patients, we guess we should just be glad that the Nat. Exam didn't use him go on to use him as a source for a story on "Why Credentials Don't Matter in Science" or "Why Decency and Humanity Are Overrated." Perhaps we'll have to wait for future issues to be treated to those examples of disgustingly unethical journalism, the likes of which makes the National Enquirer look like a paper of record in comparison.

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Your thoughts

National Enquirer?

Ya, I believe that magazine has as much validity as the existence of fairies and leprechauns.

Posted by: Ken R | Jan 14, 2008 3:41:25 PM

Ken: It's actually the 'Examiner,' which is even less credible. But even in the form of supermarket tabloid, we're still gonna point it out when someone uses Cameron.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 14, 2008 3:44:29 PM

OOPSS! My bad! :p

I wonder if the Cameron BS ranks right up there with the BatBoy?

And you made me laugh Jeremy when you said,

"It's actually the 'Examiner,' which is even less credible."

I always had a soft spot in my heart for the National Enquirer being the less credible rag mag. Oh well.

Posted by: Ken R | Jan 14, 2008 4:15:21 PM

i think it underscores just how low paul cameron has sunk. if it is possible to sink any lower. TRUST ME, it will be included in my time line

Posted by: a. mcewen | Jan 14, 2008 9:28:08 PM

I notice that they had Charles Manson listed as one of the gay murderers. I would like to see their sources for this claim. I've NEVER heard ANYONE even insinuate that ole Helter Skelter was gay.

Posted by: Zeke | Jan 14, 2008 10:01:01 PM

Im always fascinated by the fact that most mass murders are straight...and come to think of it, most serial killers and mass murders are almost always men...coincidence?

Posted by: emma | Jun 12, 2008 7:25:00 PM

This post stops short of the REAL story here... The Examiner is just one of MANY supermarket tabloids run by right-wing extremists. They are used as a data-mining tool to locate and identify gullible people so that they can later have the "political arm" of their organization reach out to these people and get them to rally around specific candidates and ballot initiatives. Do you think it's any mistake that it's published in West Palm Beach less than a block away from the world's biggest online networks of neo-nazis, Stormtroopers.org (or maybe its .net?)
It also just happens to be where the President of NARTH practices her "psychology".
Doesn't anyone find it interesting that StormTroopers, The Family Research Institute, NARTH, The Heritage Foundation and The Examiner all quote eachother as frequently as possible and they are all run by folks who live right next to eachother in West Palm Beach, Florida?

Posted by: Anita Bryant | Feb 15, 2010 4:59:51 AM

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