Thursday, February 25, 2010

Why won't One News Now tell us what 'Miss Beverly Hills' said about gays?

The American Family Association owned news service, One News Now, is now weighing in on the "Miss Beverly Hills" controversy.

Lauren Ashley  an upcoming contestant in the Miss California beauty pageant  who was supposed to represent Beverly Hills recently came under fire for comments she made about gay marriage and gays in general:

"The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. In Leviticus it says, 'If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.' The Bible is pretty black and white . . . "

"I feel like God himself created mankind and he loves everyone, and he has the best for everyone. If he says that having sex with someone of your same gender is going to bring death upon you, that's a pretty stern warning, and he knows more than we do about life."

Pretty stern stuff, even for One News Now because the "news service" doesn't tell exactly what Ashley said. But the article makes sure to take note of the backlash against Ashley, no doubt attempting to make her seem like an innocent Christian attacked by the so-called radical gay agenda:

Beverly Hills Mayor Nancy Krasne said Wednesday she is outraged over a Miss California USA contestant who is claiming to represent the city in the upcoming pageant and who spoke out against same-sex marriage in recent media interviews. Krasne said in a statement that 23-year-old Lauren Ashley does not live in Beverly Hills or represent the city in any capacity. Krasne said she was shocked to see statements made by a beauty pageant contestant under the name of Beverly Hills, "which has a long history of tolerance and respect."

Ashley recently told Fox News and other media outlets that same-sex marriage goes against God and the Bible.

Ashley's comments weren't that simple. She brought up images of death and "God's wrath" against the gay community. The question is why wasn't One News Now forthcoming about her words?

(Editor's note - It has been brought to my attention that One News Now merely repeated the Associated Press article which also did not go into detail as to Ashley's comments. I think that both publications erred in omitting these crucial details.)

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Michael said...

With respect, nothing is served by your own perpetuating lies ...that she is or ever was a "Miss Beverly Hills" or that she was, as YOU inexplicably write as if it were fact, "was supposed to represent Beverly Hills" .... even when you go on to quote part of the city's disclaimer.

You could have begun by what I, and professional media outlets like the Los Angeles Times, did: put the title she claims in quotation marks to instantly identify it as suspect. As the city also noted, it:

"does not sponsor a beauty pageant and has no association with Miss California USA"
Goddess knows I've made some mistakes myself...and I hate religious fascists no less than you....but in your understandable eagerness to again attack the despicable AFA you've only made the situation worse by perpetuating the myth AND MISIDENTIFYING THE TARGET OF YOUR CRITICISM HERE.

Yes, the second quote appears on AFA's phony front, but they are clearly merely republishing an Associated Press article, they start by using the words "Associated Press" twice, including their logo. So the failure to "tell exactly what Ashley said" is the AP's not, at least here, the AFA's [tho the AP is FREQUENTLY a willing talking parrot for the
Antigay Industry as I've demonstrated from recent articles about the phony debate over DADT repeal].

AND, you missed a VALID opportunity to indict AFA here. For, as appearances on mulitple other outlets indicate, the title of the article apparently provided by the AP apparently was "Beverly Hills Disowns Miss California Contestant," AFA/one changed it to

>>>Another beauty pageant contestant under fire for 'gay' comment<<<

If it's not obvious why they did, permit me to deconstruct:

1. By removing the word "disowns" and replacing it with "under fire," she is made to look the victim of our harassment not the perpetrator of a kind of fraud

2. By putting gay in single quotation marks, they are trying to discredit the word itself, and, thereby, our entire community.

Further, while your article targeted partial truths and falsehoods, you aimed too low. You should have focused more on the fact that this story BEGAN with lie...the virtual stolen identity of the speaker...and used that to discredit their whole tribe by illustrating that the only title she deserves, which also serves to "crown" them, is

"Miss Antigay Industry Lies."

BlackTsunami said...


I will concede that there is a degree of murkiness regarding her title and I may have erred in calling her Miss Beverly Hills,

And you are accurate that One News Now merely repeated the Associated Press article. So the Associated Press does share some blame in not being truthful in terms of what Ashley said.