Gay-Biased Times

By L. Brent Bozell, III | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 16, 2006 | Go to article overview

Gay-Biased Times


L. Brent Bozell, III, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


There was the expected wailing and gnashing of teeth from the left when New York's state Court of Appeals ruled against installing so-called "gay marriage" by judicial fiat, as they had in the People's Republic of Massachusetts. The New York Times, as expected, was stunned that the judges could find a "rational basis" for traditional marriage, and that judges would defer to elected legislators.

This outrage was plastered at the top of The Times with two "news" stories. One was a front-page editorial (they call it a "news analysis") by Patrick Healy, who focused on the "gay-rights advocates" and their disappointment. "Nowhere did gay marriage seem more like a natural fit than New York," he complained, where "a history of spirited progressivism" should have made the victory of the marriage-manglers inevitable.

Inside The Times, the slant continued, with two large photographs of gay activists protesting and consoling one another about the court decision. Why not a photo of a traditional marriage supporter celebrating the ruling? Because it seems to be in every national- media rule book that the "gay marriage" story must be accompanied by gay activists protesting, kissing, cheering or "marrying." Only one side matters.

This Gray Lady slant to the libertine left is no surprise. After all, former-Times ombudsman Daniel Okrent stunned insiders with a column two years ago that publicly admitted The Times was a liberal newspaper, and on social issues, like gays, guns and abortion, "if you think The Times plays it down the middle on any of them, you've been reading the paper with your eyes closed."

But The Times isn't just rooting for the homosexual revolution on the outside and inside of the newspaper. It has actively spread the gay gospel by funding the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and adorning its conventions with recruitment booths. The Times also is a corporate sponsor of New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, a gay-activist hub, which boasts of being the birthplace of both the radical ACT UP and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

This month, The New York Times has taken another dramatic corporate step toward taking sides in America's culture clash. The newspaper is a "global sponsor" of the seventh "Gay Games," taking place in Chicago through July 22.

The New York Times is not alone; it is joined by other "objective" news outlets. …

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