The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, March 01, 2004
The perverted coverage of homo-marriage
The substantive issue is one to which I've paid no heed - except as a means to a different end .
But Howard Kurtz brings the issue into my wheelhouse with a piece (March 1) comparing and contrasting the tone of the coverage of two public officials who defied the law of their state: former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore - he of the Ten Commandments - and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who's been directing an Armistead Maupin fantasy for the last few days.
Though, to be fair, Kurtz's piece lacks the statistical rigour one would prefer to see, he confidently alleges that, while Moore's press has generally been sour - it's Dayton, TN in 1925 all over again - Newsom's monkey-shine has on the whole basked in the warm glow of the media's tacit approval.
He quotes Andrew Sullivan - who else? - as saying of the apparently unending stream of photos of happy couples
I don't think it's unfair for the press to cover symbolism, even though it's an advantage for one side. . . . You can't spin a picture.
Reason for Sullivan to talk arrant, shameless utter and total bollocks? Perhaps he was stupified from having been thrown a bouquet...
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