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05/16/2010

Getting Rich on Rekers' rental

by Jeremy Hooper

A couple of minor bones to pick:

  • LGBT blogs, including this site, have been covering the fallacious American College of Pediatricians and their lie-filled public school letter for over a month now. And the connection to George Rekers and ACP was first made on blogs like Box Turtle Bulletin (among several others). So no, Rachel Maddow did not "find" that connection. The suggestion that she did is a problem we see often in the MSM: The idea that something is "breaking" or an "exclusive" when it hits a MSM source, even when its been rumbling in the easily Googleable blogosphere for days or weeks or months before. In this changed media landscape, MSM voices (and their researchers) have a responsibility to get better about this.
  • As this site discovered in a highly-linked and -trafficked post: Rekers' anti-gay work actually goes back to the mid-70s (if not earlier), not 1982. Only a few years difference. But when talking about human lives that have been harmed by fallacy, every second matters.

But those two personal gripes out of the way: You must now go read Frank Rich's very thoughtful, very welcome piece that's running in today's New York Times. The Rekers scandal (and why it matters) has become bigger than any of us might have ever predicted:

A Heaven-Sent Rent Boy [NYT]

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