“Reporting”—in scare quotes because it was in fact advocacy, character assassination and blatant news manipulation—on the successful totalitarian movement by gay rights advocates to force Mozilla to fire its CEO (for the thought crime of not opposing an anti-gay marriage ballot initiative in California, but rather being so evil as to exercise his rights of political speech and support the traditional definition of marriage), ABC news accompanied the report on “Good Morning America” with video of a Westboro Baptist Church demonstration, complete with its charming “God Hates Fags” signs.
This, of course, implicitly sided with those, led by the CEO of OKCupid, trying to rob Brendan Eich of his job for having a different view than the intolerant Left, while imputing to Eich ugly attitudes that there is no evidence whatsoever he possesses. It seem ABC selected the same clip in 2012 in a story about the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, making the illicit suggestion in such a choice that there are just two sides in this issue; those who “hate fags,” like the Phelpsians, and those who want all Americans, whatever their sexual orientation, to be able to have their relationships with committed loved ones recognized as a legal marriage.
Mr. Eich has the money and the team of lawyers to make ABC pay dearly for this slur on his character (there is no similarly expensive way to make the network—and the others, for this was just ABC’s turn—accountable for blatant news distortion and advocacy in the guise of “objective news reporting.”), so ABC pulled the false video and issued this wan and dishonest apology:
“Editor’s Note: The segment as originally aired on Good Morning America on April 4, 2014, and included on this page, has been updated to correct an error. Video of a demonstration by the Westboro Baptist Church, which is not connected to this story, was inadvertently used in the original segment. We apologize for the error and have removed that video.”
It was not “inadvertent,’ and it was not an “error.” Who is so naive as to believe that? Nobody in the editing room, nor the producers, nor the editors, nor the GMA on air personalities as the film was shown, noticed what accompanied the story, or saw anything amiss? This isn’t an inadvertent choice; it’s an intentional choice that reflects the unprofessional bias of the network and its employees. They were caught, that’s all, and called on it. Unless there was a deep-seated bias at ABC, such a mistake could never have occurred.
Newsbusters, the conservative media watchdog organization that pursued the slur (is it too much to ask that a non-conservative organization might be interested in eliminating or at least limiting terrible, biased, unfair journalism, and call out offending examples when liberals aren’t the victims? Apparently so), wrote:
“ABC News has assured the Media Research Center that such footage will not be used in the future. The network deserves credit for realizing their error and taking action.”
No, it really doesn’t deserve credit. The network would deserve credit if it made a genuine effort to start practicing ethical journalism, rather than apologizing when its routine bias becomes too despicable to sneak by.