November 12, 2005

AP really stretching to be politically correct

One of the "US Headlines" featured in the Wilmington News Journal's "Nation/World" section: School newspaper apologizes for caption.

What was the caption?

A newspaper apologized and fired a copy editor for posting an online photo of a girls' soccer team that suggested one of the players was a lesbian.

The Immaculate High School team was celebrating a goal scored in a championship game Nov. 5. But the caption on the Web site of The News-Times said the team was celebrating a teammate's decision to "come out of the closet as a lesbian."

The copy editor, who was not identified, was "goofing around" and did not realize the caption had gone online, Steinmetz said. The bogus caption stayed on the Web page for a few hours on Sunday and received a few hundred hits, he said.

Actually, I'm a bit confused. If the girl in question is actually straight, then is her [possible] anger at being falsely "outed" ... homophobic? After all, wouldn't the multi-culti diversity crowd claim "What's the big deal? Why be upset that someone thinks you're gay?" If she actually is a lesbian, then again -- what's the big deal?

Seriously, though, the copy editor should apologize and it was a childish prank. But the fact that this makes AP's national headlines is quite the head scratcher. It kinda makes you wonder why the News Journal isn't made to apologize for its "Ghetto Icon" headline from a few weeks ago.

Posted by Felix at November 12, 2005 02:15 PM | TrackBack

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