Outrageous Media Distortions: Dr. Dobson and SpongeBob

A news wave started at the NY Times and gained force through various news outlets and blogs (including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News' Bill O'Reilly) characterizing Dr. James Dobson, of Focus of the Family, as objecting to SpongeBob Squarepants as being gay. He was even accused of claiming that watching the cartoon character would turn kids gay. Such an accusation would be silly. And so far, among leaders of the so-called Religious Right, Dr. Dobson has avoided being characterized as silly.

His credentials are impeccable:
For 14 years Dr. Dobson was an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and served for 17 years on the Attending Staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development.

He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a licensed psychologist in California, and is listed in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

A more obvious example of media bias against Christians would be hard to find. Dr. Dobson never claimed that SpongeBob was gay. He never claimed that watching SpongeBog would make anyone gay. He objected to the use of SpongeBob by a radical group attempting to use the cartoon character to promote an activist homosexual agenda.

But enough from me. I will let Dr. Dobson speak for himself (someone should):

"I've been in the public eye for thirty-something years and I have never had my words more misrepresented than they were in this instance," Dobson said on today's installment of his internationally syndicated radio program. "I was said to be on the warpath for my dislike for SpongeBob — who supposedly has homosexual characteristics.

"I said no such thing."

What Dobson did say, in a speech last week in Washington during an event sponsored by the Family Research Council, was that SpongeBob is one of 100 popular animated characters that may have been co-opted by an innocuous-sounding group to promote acceptance of homosexuality to children. The group, the We Are Family Foundation, has produced a video slated for distribution to 61,000 public and private elementary schools; it features SpongeBob, Big Bird, Barney and others singing the old disco hit "We Are Family" and spreading a message of "diversity and unity."

Whatever one thinks about the intentions of “We Are Family,” the gross distortion of Dr. Dobson’s comments are themselves an outrage. What good is a “free press” if it uses that freedom in such an abusive manner to promote its own agenda? Freedom of the Press is one of our most valuable rights. I just wish we had more to show for it.

Note: Apparently Reuters covered the protest in a more fair manner.


biblemike said…
I don't understand why everyone seems so surprised by the way the media handled this story. It is now and has always been the practice of the 20th and 21st century media to do the best they can to ridicule those who disagree with the most popular precepts of progresive humanism such as defining those who disagree with the practice of homosexual behavior as bigots rather than as moralists. Convince thw world that your opponent's position is based on some kind of hate and the world will not listen to what they say.

Dr. Dobson made some unfortunate word choices in his speech, but none sufficient to warrant the ridicule he has suffered. Note as well that the meat of his speech and the evidence he provided were never addressed. The purpose of this article was not to report the faux paux of Dr. Dobson. It was intended as and used quite succesfully as a hit piece on conservative Christianity. The purpose was to paint Dobson as a crackpot right-wing extremist who should be ignored on all future occasions. It was an attack on the man and not the true message. If they had addressed the actual message, they would have discovered he was factually correct, but that was never their intent.

Once again the bigotry of the liberal media makes itself known. Those of us who may agree, either partially or fully, with Dr. Dobson on this issue are not disuaded by such false stories. It is the general population which believes what they read in the newspaper who are being harmed and being set up to hear more lies designed to forward a progressive liberal agenda.

It is also interesting to note that both this story and another that was filled with lies about Pope Pius the XII originated with the New York Times. Both the New York Times and The Washington Post are bastions of liberal thought and should never be read as a source of news, but for entertainment purposes only.

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