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03/13/2008

AFA = A Fallacious Achievement?

by Jeremy Hooper

200803131028You know the American Family Association victory that we keep calling into question? The one involving the "success" of their Ford boycott? Yea, well all-around good guy Jeff Bercovici has now joined the investigation, with the writer getting further comments from Ford staffers regarding the AFA's bizarre and misplaced celebrations:

Ford spokesman Jim Cain insists the automaker had made no such promises. "I can tell you there was not a negotiated settlement to this boycott," he says, sounding somewhat mystified by AFA's triumphalism.

While Ford has scaled back some of the marketing and philanthropy AFA objects to, any such decreases were merely part of a broader retrenchment in response to dismal market conditions, says Cain. "We've been in real financial difficulties. There's been reduced spending in lots of areas."

And of course despite the resounding calls for clarity, the AFA is still remaining mum about all they've "gained." The AFA even told Bercovici that AFA head Wildmon was traveling and therefore unavailable for comment.

Well Wildmon very well may be traveling. But if he's on a road trip in a Taurus, it seems he's still riding with a company that seems to value diversity over discrimination. And no amount of "pro-family" spin is going to change that truth.

Reality Check: Ford Still Pro-Gay Post-Boycott [Mixed Media -- Conde Nast Portfolio]

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Your thoughts

Peter LaBarbera just posted the "win" on his site.

Posted by: Alonzo | Mar 13, 2008 11:58:52 AM

Alonzo: yea, I've written Pete to see why they feel its acceptable to say such things despite Ford's statements. We'll see if he can/will provide any insight.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 13, 2008 12:12:03 PM

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