Skip to comments.Just How ‘Gay’ is The New York Times? Ask Richard Berke
Posted on 02/07/2003 10:14:36 AM PST by Remedy
Original Story Exposed 'Gay' Influence at Nation's Most Influential Newspaper CFI Media Accountability Project
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Editor-in-chief's note: The following is the original story from the now-defunct Lambda Report that reported a comment by New York Times national correspondent Richard Berke that "literally three-quarters of the people deciding what's on the front page [of the Times] are not-so-closeted homosexuals." Berke, a homosexual, was speaking at an April 12, 2000, reception sponsored by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). The story and Berke's quotation received wide circulation in conservative circles but the original article was never posted on the Web.
LaBarbera-then publisher of Lambda Report (a conservative newsletter that monitored the "gay" movement) and currently editor of the Culture & Family Report-attended the meeting where Berke made the comment. Recently, LaBarbera received an e-mail from a third party that contained comments from an NLGJA official disparaging the story. (However, the official did not dispute Berke's "75 percent" remark.) In the interest of accuracy, here is the original article.
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Just How Gay Is The New York Times?
Reprinted from the Lambda Report on Homosexuality
The pro-homosexual metamorphosis at The New York Times has advanced so far that on any given day, three-quarters of the people who decide what goes on the front page are "not so closeted homosexuals," according to Richard Berke, the Times' National Political Correspondent.
Berke, a longtime member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLFJA), made the following comments at a 10th anniversary reception for the group April 12 in Washington, D.C.:
"This is at a newspaper where not so long ago-when I started there 15 years ago-the department heads were asking for lists of the gay reporters on different sections so they could be punished in different ways. So things have really changed at the newspaper. Since I've been there there's been a dramatic shift: I remember coming and wondering if there were any gay reporters there or whatever. Now it's like, there are times when you look at the front-page meeting and ... literally three-quarters of the people deciding what's on the front page are not-so-closeted homosexuals. ... [It is] a real far cry from what it was like not so long ago."
Berke was one of the speakers at the NLGJA's "View from the Top" reception, held at the National Press Club April 12. Lambda Report reporter Peter LaBarbera attended the event, which was sponsored by America Online Inc., USA Today, The Washington Post, and CBS News. The NLGJA is currently engaged in a campaign to raise its membership to 2,000 by the end of the year.
In The Gospel According to the New York Times, Proctor contends that the paper blurs the lines that should divide straight news from editorial content. In doing so, the Times tips its hand and reveals its liberal agenda, one supportive of homosexuality and abortion, and critical of Christianity, Republicanism, gun control, and capital punishment, among other issues.
Proctor, who was a reporter himself at the New York Daily News in the '70s, acknowledges that total journalistic objectivity is never possible. And in an interview with the Bulletin, he allowed that crossing the line between news and editorial is a growing trend in many papers. He chose to focus on the Times, he said, because of the enormous influence that stems from "being at the top of the heap."
Although Proctor says that to some extent the Times is simply reporting on what is happening in society, he contends that it is also contributing to shaping our views. He cites active and positive coverage of homosexuality, which he believes has swayed popular opinion in favor of gays and lesbians. He says he was surprised to see the active hostility that surfaced in inflammatory language describing members of conservative religious groups.
The Gospel According to the New York Times: How the World's Most Powerful News Organization Shapes Your Mind and Values Bill Proctor is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News. He has written or co-authored more than 70 nonfiction books, including several national bestsellers.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Rise of the New Fundamentalism
The New American Faith
Thus Saith the Times...
Welcome to the World of Culture Creep
All the Bias That's Fit to Print
The West 43rd Street Plan of Salvation
Part II: The Seven Deadly Sins---According to the Times
The Sin of Religious Certainty
The Sin of Conservatism
The Sin of Capital Punishment
The Sin of Broken Public Trust
The Second of the Second Amendment
The Sin of Censorship
The Sin of Limiting Abortion
Part III: The Cultural Spirits of the Times
The Spirits of Globalism and Multiculturalism
The Spirit of Total Sexual Freedom
The Spirits of Environmentalism and Entitlement
The Spirits of Scientism and Humanism
Part IV: Responding to the New Fundamentalism
A Strategy to Combat Culture Creep
Is There an Authentic Voice of the People?
Appendix: Research Methodology
Columbia Journalism Review To reinforce his thesis, Proctor offers story counts from the Times's own data base. For example, in a search covering a one-year period from 1998-99, he calculates 1,522 stories on welfare; 1,481 stories on gays; and 980 stories on abortion. In another 365-day period covering 1998-99, he found 119 articles on the subject of intolerance, and a search for the word "bigotry" turned up 122 articles. This weight of coverage, he says, is an accurate barometer of the paper's corporate belief system; the more readers are exposed to an issue, the more they may be influenced on it. In a third year-long search, he makes a more interesting argument about what he calls the use of "loaded language." Thus the term "anti-abortion" appears in 169 articles, while "pro-abortion" appears only fourteen times. The same is true of the term "religious right," which appears frequently, and of the term "religious left," which is virtually non-existent. Unfortunately, such legitimate complaints are obscured by Proctor's rhetoric and insistence on attributing Machiavellian motives to the Times.
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You're in an outer universe somewhere, SarahM. A great many male homosexuals are sexually attracted to adolescent teenage boys. In the Catholic Church scandal, a minority of priests (homosexual men) caused over 90% of the molestations, almost all of which were against teenage boys. Boy Scouts suffered mightly from homosexual molestations of teenage boys until it implemented its tough anti-homosexual molestation rules (and it still has problems). These are not pedophilia problems, in which pre-pubescent children are molested. Just as one example, there are not about 100 HOMOSEXUAL priests who have been removed from service in the Boston diocese alone - for molesting teenage boys. Many other studies have shown that homosexual men are much more likely to molest teenage boys than normal men teenage girls. In fact, many parts of the homosexual community make no secret of that fact that they think there is nothing wrong with homosexual men being sexually involved with teenage boys. The Boston Globe (as subsidiary of the Times) has even published several pieces glorifying such. As for the New York Times being unbiased - it demonstrates horrendous bias in every aspect of its production - the placement of articles, the people it interviews, and most of all, in the rampant editorializing it does all throughout its articles. It's become a strident liberal ragsheet over the years. It's op-ed page has become basically a Bush-bashing event - Kristof, Herbert, Dowd (a loony-tune), etc., as well as all the guests write entirely predictable pieces attacking our current government. There is virtually never an op-ed piece or an editorial representing a socially conservative viewpoint. The Bush-bashing itself shows overwhelming bias, given that our president is one of the historically most popular we have - and shows how far removed the Times is from the average American (which has just made our entire government Republican in the last election). As I said, SarahM, you're out in Andromeda somewhere.
Yes, but aside from William Safire's column, how do you like it?
SarahM signed up 2003-02-06
Let me be the first to welcome you on your undoubtedly very brief stay on FR.
Homosexuals do not procreate, they recruit! It is very hard to recruit adults. Recruiting impressionable and suseptable youngsters is much easier. BTW, have you ever heard of NAMBLA?
Homosexuality has nothing to do with child molestation.
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