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As Olbermann continues to fan the flames and muddy the waters over the SpongeBob controversy (see Countdown, Feb. 1), countervailing efforts persist to clear up the confusion. The hard-hitting Mullenax News weighed in by explicitly describing the hard-edge gay agenda of the We Are Family Foundation, which extended so drastically beyond the benign sounding theme of "tolerance" that it prompted attempts to have it concealed.
Olbermann is once again mentioned as Instigator-in-Chief of obfuscation among those in the media:
Predictably, some media members also reported that Dobson was accusing the video of having a homosexual agenda. For example, MSNBC.com's Keith Olbermann, sarcastically said (in the Jan 20th Countdown With Keith Olbermann) that "if the folks from Focus on the Family are right, it could make you, your children or maybe your furniture gay. Or tolerant." Later, Olbermann quoted Mark Barondess, the lawyer for the We Are Family Foundation, who said that any critics of the video "need medication." Olbermann quickly added: "We here found it hard to argue with him."
Perhaps the greatest disservice a journalist can do is intentionally misrepresent and slant a story. In the second week of this controversy, Olbermann finally acknowledged Dobson's claim that he never said the cartoon character is gay. But still doesn't concede the fact that Dobson felt the video itself was harmless to children. More cynical than that is KO's entrenchment that the differences center on "tolerance vs. intolerance"; "diversity vs. hate". It does not, and he knows it.