Hopefully in the year 2012 you find a headline like that shocking, maybe enraging, but certainly untrue. A biased, altruistic statement of such ignorant disdain that it has no place in our 21st century world. These words though and more though were considered legitimate journalism way back in 1967. The following was from a news report that aired in 1967 on CBS:
“The average homosexual, if there be such, is promiscuous,” Wallace said in the piece. “He is not interested or capable of a lasting relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage. His sex life, buy viagra online his love life, consists of a series of one-chance encounters at the clubs and bars he inhabits. And even on the streets of the city—the pick-up, the one night stand, these are characteristics of the homosexual relationship.”
Those are the words of respected journalist Mike Wallace. His recent death has prompted a review of his life’s work, including “The Homosexuals”. This documentary is considered so terribly out of date with modern sensibilities that it was buried from public view until he died.
Here is more from the Wikipedia background story on this documentary:
[A]fter we finished and the camera was turned off, Mike Wallace sat down with me and talked for about half an hour. He said, “You know, you answered all of my questions capably, but I have a feeling that you don’t really believe that homosexuality is as acceptable as you make it sound.”
I asked him why he would say that. “Because,” he said, “in your heart I think you know it’s wrong.”
The “scientific sources” used for this program also seemed to have some biased views on the subject material:
Also interviewed were psychiatrist Charles Socarides, who strongly advocated the position that homosexuality is a mental disorder, and fellow psychiatrist Irving Bieber, who shared Socarides’ opinion of homosexuality as pathology.
The point here is that we have a respected news journalist and a couple of professional scientists who, because of their personal bias and discrimination, were feeding the American public completely erroneous information in the guise of reporting. In reality it was just biased opinion and slander.
What “news” and information is the Media feeding us today that we will look back on and cringe about? What untruths are born out of bias and hatred but peddled as fact and reality? What spin and opinion is being spoon fed to a society stuck in cruse control mode when it comes to critical thinking about current events?
There are too many people that take the news at face value, that consume the bias and spin and digest it as scientific fact. We can see from this example that nothing is further from the truth. When you stop thinking for yourself you let other people dictate what you can know and are allowed to believe. At that point you are no longer a person but instead a puppet on strings.