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The Weekly Worst

Peter's Gay-Inclusion Solution;
"Record-High" Gas Price Hype

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004 Weekly Worst PDF

     The so-called mainstream media never admit their liberal tilt, so the news analysts at the Media Research Center tirelessly document the media's bias and expose their left-wing agenda. The "awards" for last week's lowlights:

Peter's Gay-Inclusion Solution. The Big Three networks hailed "gay marriage" in Massachusetts on May 17, but ABC's Peter Jennings was the strongest. He equated gender-neutral marriage licenses to racial desegregation, citing the 50th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling: "Two of our main stories tonight are about the struggle for rights and inclusion one of them in the 20th century, the other right now in the 21st." ABC's Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings equated "gay marriage" with desegregating public schools in the 1950's.

Jennings tarred the rest of America as discriminatory: "[F]or the first time in U.S. history, the civil marriage laws of a state do not exclude gays." But then ABC virtually excluded opponents of the gay agenda social conservatives got just ten seconds of air time.

For more, see the May 18 CyberAlert.


"Record" Price Hype v. Inflation. Reporters are pounding home the bad news of "record-high" gas prices. There's Peter Jennings ("certainly a record"), Dan Rather ("record highs"), Tom Brokaw ("record-high gas prices"), CNN anchor Aaron Brown ("rising to records"), CNN's John King ("certainly a record"), NBC's Carl Quintanilla ("record-high gas prices"), CBS's Julie Chen ("record gas prices"), and ABC's Jake Tapper ("record-high prices"), who found a man on the street to lament, "It's going to kill us. These prices are going to kill us, man."

A Reuters dispatch on May 19 also cited "record prices," but then added the correct context: "While high in nominal terms, gasoline prices still fall short of the inflation-adjusted peak of $2.99 a gallon reached in March 1981, according to the U.S. Department of Energy."

For more, see the May 20 CyberAlert.





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