American Family Association Mistrusts the Truth

Last week, I reported that the FCC fined 54 ABC TV stations $1.43 million for a five-year-old episode of NYPD Blue.

What would you think was being punished if you read this description on the website of the American Family Association?

“The episode, shown Feb. 25, 2003, included a scene featuring a woman and a young boy. In the scene, the woman disrobes in a bathroom.”

Wouldn’t you assume that the woman and boy were in the bathroom together, and for some degenerate, ratings-driven reason she stripped right in front of him?

Now read this (more accurate) description: “It’s a rear view of a woman taking off her robe in the bathroom to shower. A kid accidentally walks in on her, and they’re both embarrassed. She does her best to cover herself with her hands, and the kid retreats as fast as he can.”

Quite a difference, isn’t it? You can’t say the AFA is actually lying here. But I say that they’re being deliberately dishonest. Their obvious goals are to 1) rile their members who haven’t seen the show, and to 2) create great copy for politicians who haven’t seen the show who pander to conservative constituents who haven’t seen the show.

Since honesty is one of those “family values” AFA is always talking about, I think AFA’s dishonesty is simply disgusting. Worse, it shows that they don’t trust the “values” and “morals” of their constituents—AFA has to distort the truth to get their members to support this misuse of government power.

AFA’s lies about condoms and sex education are well-documented. Add TV content to their list of distortions.

Judge for yourself if the AFA is dishonest by viewing the clip here.


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