Sunday, January 23, 2005

Spinbob SquarePants

A couple of posts back, I wrote:
Dobson’s remarks are not elaborated at length so I don’t know if he is of the opinion that Spongebob is a symbol of homosexuality, or just that he shouldn’t have been in that video. The former is certainly hinted toward by the article, but this being the NY Times, such hinting could be the usual Christian-Right slander that is standard operating procedure down there at the Gray Lady.
Well, it turns out it was the former, as I suspected. Once again, the spin of the NY Times created just enough illusion and innuendo to blacken the image of someone they don't agree with, without outright resorting to lies. Via Instapundit (who fell for the NY Time's spin at first), there is this statement on Dobson's website:

Question: Why is Dr. Dobson objecting to the distribution of a video featuring such popular children's characters as SpongeBob SquarePants?

Answer: From the outset, let's be clear that this issue is not about objections to any specific cartoon characters. Instead, Dr. Dobson is concerned that these popular animated personalities are being exploited by an organization that's determined to promote the acceptance of homosexuality among our nation's youth.

The statement continues on to make it absolutely clear that Dobson disagrees only with the agenda of those exploiting the cartoon characters for their own ends. Whether or not you agree with Dobson here is beside the point; this is a legitimate position, nowhere near as ridiculous as that of protesting SpongeBob as a symbol of homosexuality.

Many people do not realize how slanted this paper can be sometimes. They figure you have to be some partisan wacko to go after as objective a paper as the NY Times. This is simply not the case; the NY Times has a liberal slant. The paper's ombudsman, Dan Okrent, even admitted as much (although he referred to it as an "urban" slant--whatever).

One of the great memes of liberals is that president Bush has acted as "divider" not a "uniter," despite his broad bipartisan support on No Child Left Behind, rallying most democrats to vote for the Iraq war, (who have since split when the going got tough, as liberals are want to do) etc. But the press itself has done more to divide the country than anything else.

Through its uncompromisingly unfair treatment of people such as Dobson as shown above, the New York Times and other news media have alienated the Right through its repulsively biased coverage, and polarized the Left by portraying the Right as composed of prudish bigots that are uncomfortable being around an artificial sponge in square pants.

As is usual, the deepest divisions in America are due to misunderstandings. Misunderstandings which the press should be trying to dispel, not feeding the fire of, or even creating.


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