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Friday, June 24, 2011
MRC Upset Networks Aren't Demonizing Manning As Gay
Topic: Media Research Center

Erin R. Brown explains her gay-bashing distress (in that not enough is happening) in a July 21 MRC Culture & Media Institute article:

In the wake of the largest security breach in U.S. military history, the mainstream media have struggled to report all the facts about Bradley Manning, the Iraq war soldier in the middle of the Wikileaks scandal. In an effort to pursue political correctness over truthful journalism, ABC, CBS and NBC ignored uncomfortable facts about Manning's sexual orientation and history of "emotional fragility," choosing instead to describe him as an "outcast who tried desperately to fit in."


CBS was the worst offender, offering the most stories about Manning (29) and completely disregarding the known fact that Bradley Manning is gay. ABC ran 14 stories between May 1, 2010, and May 1, 2011, about Manning, and every single story skipped what some consider a key fact in the case: that Manning is a homosexual. NBC was the only network to mention Manning's sexual orientation, but only in three out of 28 stories (10.7 percent).

Manning's homosexuality is a "key fact"? Is Brown saying that Manning would not have allegedly stolen the documents if he wasn't gay?

Brown doesn't explain who the "some" is that consider that a "key fact" -- or why his sexual orientation is important at all. Perhaps that's because they don't exist outside the walls of the MRC headquarters (and down the road a piece at Accuracy in Media, where Cliff Kincaid has been beating the same gays-are-evil drum).

Posted by Terry K. at 7:02 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, June 24, 2011 8:56 PM EDT

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