Friday, January 21, 2005

In Covering SpongeBob Scandal, CBS News Radio Reports Conservatively

When reporting on Dr. James Dobson's crusade against SpongeBob SquarePants this morning, CBS Radio News sounded like anything but a "liberal" news network.

The radio news network, in its hourly national update this morning, reported that conservative Christian groups are protesting a video being distributed to schools that features the cartoon character, and which, the Christian groups contend, promotes homosexuality.

But the video's makers say the video "promotes tolerance," CBS Radio News reported.

But that's only a half-truth -- and one that could easily lead listeners to believe that the video's makers agree the video is about homosexuality, or at least references homosexuality.

But as JABBS readers learned yesterday (, the video's creator, Nile Rodgers, told The New York Times that he founded the We Are Family Foundation after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to teach children about multiculturalism, and nothing in the video or its accompanying materials refers to sexual identity.

CBS Radio News -- so often championed by conservatives as a beacon of "liberal media bias" -- didn't tell its listeners the whole truth. Its "conservative" editing of the story, if anything, will give listeners with a false reason to side with Dobson.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might this just be a case at CBS radio involving sloppy writing of an overstressed newswriter. Maybe he or she didn't realize that they had unintentionally made the video makers sound like they were condoning their work as pro-homosexuality?
Such a mistake would be inexcusable and would warrant a retraction. But I would have to see a pattern of such "blips" before I could peg CBS for biased reporting.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Well, I would like someone to give "full disclosure" by revealing that sponges reproduce asexually. Surely even the most righteous of our Christian brethren should be pleased by an asexual character!

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If CBS does something sloppy and vaguely liberal, the conservatives leap on the bandwagon to showcase CBS as suffering from "liberal media bias."

If CBS does something sloppy and vaguely conservative, the conservatives leap on the bandwagon to showcase CBS as suffering from "sloppiness."

A little hyporcritical, don't you think?

I'm not equating the SpongeBob story to the Dan Rather fiasco, but isn't it possible that the powers that be have lapses in judgment, which leads to stories that lean left or right?

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you are not equating rather to this, then exactly where does your point stem from? You obviously are. Even if what you say is true, you need to find actual support for that position. Because otherwise, it sounds like BS!

8:14 PM  

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