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05/24/2011

On spin, propaganda, and the opposition's inability to pinpoint either

by Jeremy Hooper

On 5/18/11, this writer posted several raw, unedited videos of the anti-gay rally that Ruben Diaz and the National Organization for Marriage held in Bronx, NY. A commenter on the conservative World magazine website proceeded to say this about my videos:

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[World Magazine comments]

On 5/20/11, I posted the unedited flyer and pitch letter for something called the Illinois Defense of Marriage Initiative. As always, I posted source links for folks who want to go off and do their own research. But when longtime foe of the 'mos Peter LaBarbera (one of the rally's speakers) addressed my work on Twitter, this is what he has to say (bit.ly link goes to this post):

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@PeterLaBarbera [Twitter]

Because that's how it always is with these folks. No matter how much information we provide, LGBT activists are always painted as propagandists. No matter how open we leave our forums or how richly we back up our research with content, our words are still positioned as "spin." This from the same crowd that so reliably traffics in code words, comment deletion, carefully edited videos, and a generalized war on transparency.

There is a difference between having a point of view and having a lack of ethics or integrity. If the opposition movement wants to throw baseless stones a this site and its writer, then fine. Game on. I have many more glass houses to expose.

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