« | »

News Articles Support ‘Gay Marriage’ Five To One

From The Week:

Is the momentum for gay marriage real, or just media hype?

By Peter Weber | June 18, 2013

A new Pew study shows media coverage this year tilted toward positive coverage of same-sex marriage by a 5-to-1 margin.

Some time in the next week, either on Thursday or Monday, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down two big rulings on same-sex marriage. Around the time the high-court justices were hearing the high-profile cases in March, the media was dedicating a lot of ink and pixels to the subject — and the coverage wasn’t evenly divided between supporters and opponents of gay marriage, according to a new study from Pew.

In fact, it wasn’t even close, say Paul Hitlin, Amy Mitchell, and Mark Jurkowitz [sic] at Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. In nearly 500 articles and TV segments from March 18 to May 12, "stories with more statements supporting same-sex marriage outweighed those with more statements opposing it by a margin of roughly 5-to-1."

In the news media, supportive stories — where pro–gay marriage views outnumbered opposition by at least a 2-to-1 margin — made up 47 percent of coverage, versus 9 percent favoring anti–gay marriage views, Pew found.

The Huffington Post — which, to be fair, has a dedicated "Gay Voices" section — had the most, and most tilted, coverage (62 percent pro, 9 percent anti) of a mainstream news source, Pew says, while The Wall Street Journal and USA Today "stood out for higher levels of mixed or neutral reporting, 70 percent and 67 percent, respectively, and more even ratio of supporting versus opposing stories."

The breakdown by media category falls along somewhat predictable lines: Conservative talk radio tilted toward gay-marriage opposition, while liberal talk radio was 100 percent in support, for example. But there are a few surprises, too — like that NPR had almost twice as many opposing voices as Fox News. All in all, though, Pew says, "the news media coverage provided a strong sense of momentum towards legalizing same-sex marriage." …

Looking at the numbers, "it’s easy to simply assume that the media is pushing an agenda rather than reporting the facts," says Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post. But that’s an overly simple way to look at the study."

As usual, we are just too stupid to understand the nuances of the situation.

"First of all, there was a whole lot of neutral or balanced coverage, and the pro–gay marriage tilt to the rest of the stories is partly explained by the better organization and more compelling argument (fight for civil rights) on the gay-rights side, Cillizza says…

You see? It’s simple. Their side gets more coverage because they are right.

Of course, ‘gay marriage’ isn’t the only issue the news media have hyped (aka pushed). There’s also amnesty, gun control, Obama-Care, you name it. In fact, the news media just happen to hype every item on the Democrat Party’s agenda. But, after all, that is their job. And that’s all they do.

By the way, we have never seen an anti-gay news article in the mainstream media. Or an anti-amnesty article. Or anti gun control. Has anyone?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “News Articles Support ‘Gay Marriage’ Five To One”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    “….NPR had almost twice as many opposing (gay marriage) voices as Fox News”

    What Pew didn’t tell you was NPR had 50 times more pro-gay marriage voices as Fox News.

  2. River0 says:

    Serious estimates of the true size of the LGBT (gay) community come in at well under 10% in America. For many people it’s an act, and a fashion.

    Why did the major television networks CANCEL fourteen sitcoms with gay characters in featured roles last May? It was called “television’s gay bloodbath” by entertainment reporters, and was all over the news:


    The mania for re-making the world into a Utopia for queers – one of their favorite words – is enormously destructive, particularly for young people who are discovering their sexuality. Confusion is not unusual, and they can be misled. The consequences of a life spent on the margins are unpleasant.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    The Futurist in me says we will someday be making up quotes as good as this one: Winston Churchill “Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum,sodomy, and the lash”

    A.D. 2075 – “Don’t talk to me about gay marriage tradition. It’s nothing but rum,sodomy, and the lash”

  4. canary says:

    This transgender former soldier said he joined and fought hoping it would turn him into a man by being the best man he could be man and fix his wanting to be a girl. Personally, I think he joined hoping another alpha male, personally I think he was trying to impress another man into falling in love with him/her. With the boob job, and hair extensions, and high heels, I think he’s hoping to be a dancer.

« Front Page | To Top
« | »