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04/01/2013

Dear conservative 'media watchdogs'

by Jeremy Hooper

If you are going to write a report all about how the media supposedly spun marriage coverage in favor of the gays, then you should probably avoid ludicrous passages like the following. This comes from the Media Research Center's Katie Yoder:

It wasn’t like another side to the story didn’t exist. Traditional marriage supporters made themselves hard to ignore March 26 by attending the National Organization for Marriage (NOM’s) March for Marriage. According to NOM’s Thomas Peters, 15,000 marchers attended as the networks stood silent even during the next day’s morning shows. The Washington Post decided to cover the event though – even if they did shrink 15,000 attendees into a ‘few dozen.' [Family Research Council]

15,000 is an egregious lie. No media outlet reported this number because it is a BLATANT fib. Even NOM itself isn't claiming such a heightened figure in most of its press materials (even though NOM's 8k–10k figure is still inflated).

This deception began with NOM Comm. Director Thomas Peters, who quoted it just minute's after the event's conclusion. And it's a lie. I was there. You were there, Ms. Yoder—I saw you setting up "ringer" interviews around the closed-off backstage area. Anyone who was there and still reports 15,000 as the figure is intentionally robbing his or her message of whatever veracity he or she hoped to achieve. By citing this insanely inflated figure, you undermine every other word of your report. It's a silly, silly path to take. Even sillier if you are using it in a report where you're all like, "Ugh, the 'liberal media' lies."

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**This is the same Katie Yoder who shot that intellectually offensive video where various figures claim to have no disregard or disdain for LGBT people before demonstrating exactly that.

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