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06/19/2008

Hey, AP: Do you not care about this?!?

by Jeremy Hooper

Earlier this week, we showed you how the editors of the American Family Association's One News Now site is continuing their egregious misuse of the Associated Press newswire, rewriting AP stories in a way that makes the wording more in accordance with their views. Well now they have taken their unethical practices a step further, going back and adding this graphic and caption to their presentation of the AP story:

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Okay, so looking past the obvious nastiness: Isn't it also just a little disingenuous for a media outlet to run their own photo and gay-demonizing caption alongside a story that they pulled from the AP wire? Compare the above image with the official Potnac/Bailes photos that the AP is really running:

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These benign photos are the images that the AP wants to use, so shouldn't they be just a little taken aback by an outfit first misrepresenting their wording, and then running the above hostile caption/photo, all under an AP-identified heading?! Well, we certainly think so. And we'll keep pressing the issue until the Associated Press feels their name worth defending against anti-gay extremism.

Thousands of homosexuals expected to 'marry' in California ["AP" via ONN]

**Our earlier take on the matter: 'Moral' group's continued embrace of unethical journalism [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

The "Thousands of homosexuals expected to 'marry' in California ["AP" via ONN] " link is a YouTube Rick Roll.

Posted by: johnozed | Jun 19, 2008 10:41:08 AM

Thanks. Should be fixed now.

It's getting really annoying having to workaround 'One News Now' links in order to make them work.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 19, 2008 10:51:54 AM

Um, especially considering the veritable temper tantrum the AP is currently throwing over "fair use" by bloggers...

Posted by: Evan | Jun 19, 2008 10:52:49 AM

What gets me is their caption for the picture. The idea that two women sharing a rather reserved and chaste kiss is represents any sort of "shocking reality" says everything about ONN's sexually obsessive prudishness.

Or perhaps they're complaining about the fact that each women is also holding a wine glass?

Posted by: Jarred | Jun 19, 2008 12:56:40 PM

Yeah, Jarred. I happen to think it looks like a very sweet, chaste kiss. They used such bitter and angry language towards these two women that the only "shocking reality" I could find in that picture was the pure, unfiltered hatred radiating from the caption.

Posted by: marie s | Jun 19, 2008 1:35:01 PM

You know, I think that every time that the nutbags on the other side use words like "SINFUL" and "EVIL" they really turn off most people. They polarize it to the point where only the most ass-puckered of the "faithful" are even going to relate to them. And I love it when their fangs come out they show their true colors.

And, at least this time, they did credit the photo to themselves which half-way implies that the caption is their particular brand of demonization as well.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jun 19, 2008 2:48:54 PM

the AP seems to be more concerned about going after blogs with DCMA notices. . .they should be concentrating their efforts this kind of BS.

Posted by: gary | Jun 19, 2008 7:59:20 PM

Yes, their recent heavy-handed action against blogging is disturbing. For those who don't know what anyone's talking about, here's a Times story about it:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/16/business/media/16ap.html?_r=3&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 19, 2008 8:11:21 PM

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