Earlier, we posted about the Gaston Gazette‘s doozy of a lopsided and biased report following-up on a town hall meeting hosted at a Dallas, N.C., church on Thursday by sponsors of a proposed anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment. The article recounted a great deal of the anti-gay histrionics and bigotry state Sen. James Forrester, a primary sponsor of the amendment, threw toward LGBT people. At the same time, the paper offered no opposing viewpoints and included no accurate balance to Forrester’s false and bizarre claims that gays’ lifespans are 20 years shorter than heterosexuals.

“Forrester, a physician,” reporter Wade Allen wrote, “said the lifespan of homosexuals is decreased by at least 20 years due to the increased risk of developing AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases.”

Not. True.

That was near 4 p.m. Just shortly over an hour later, the Gazette followed up and interviewed the openly gay chair of the Gaston County Democratic Party and the president of the local PFLAG. It’s a nice start, but the Gazette still left completely unaddressed the false claims made by Forrester — claims they made credible by noting their source as “a physician” and by taking not even the smallest amount of time to fact-check.

Gaston Gazette reporter Wade Allen and his editors need to return to the drawing board and try again. It is absolutely abhorrent that journalists would shirk their responsibility to the public and publish such bizarre madness without offering even the slightest accuracy or balance. That isn’t journalism, folks; “propaganda” is a much better term for it.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

2 replies on “Gaston Gazette: Try, try again”

  1. Thanks Matt for letting people know what is happening here in Gaston County. We really have a wonderful County to live and work and most of the people are hard working and thoughtful. Our elected officialson the County and state level do not do us justice. We are on the front lines here with Forrester living right here, but then again we are use to fighting the good fight and will continue to spread truth and love instead of lies and hate.

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