I am no Fox News fan and I believe you missed my point. On the national level, all media outlets love such a story and they present the stories in much the same way, most often to the delight of the gay and lesbian crowd. As I mentioned, the gay NBA player was on every network, then the President and First Lady applauded him and that made the news. Anyone who is gay on the national political level always gets a nod from the media, with tons of coverage. Anytime there is a first for a gay or lesbian, it makes national news. I believe the Sun simply followed suite. I disagree with that direction both locally and nationally. Who cares. Someone's sexual preference is none of my business and it doesn't make a news story in my opinion, yet most who are in the news for being the first gay this or lesbian that bask in the spotlight (like the gay NBA player). And I think it is safe to say Brian is openly gay. We live in an age where the the person who wrote the Sun article could simply pull up his Facebook and realize, yep he's gay. It is simply a sign of the f'd up times we're living. I rarely defend the Sun, but see that article being standard course by today's media standards.<quoted text>I was raised on some of the best and fairest news reporting in the world. Were there mistakes made, yes, were there scandals, yes, but overall you got the news and became better informed. CNN came along and the news cycle disappeared and instantaneous news became the norm, an improvement, yes, but also brought problems with accuracy due to quickness. Fox News, an oxymoron if I ever heard one, is not news at all but entertainment based on news and directed at a particular audience. The descriptive adjectives and tone and demeanor of the reporters would be rejected in any reputable journalism class. I can tell within a few sentences of a discussion about news whether a person has been watching Fox News or its antagonist the NBC News Network. As for the Sun, it may be true Gays want to come out and be talked about, that is not the point, the point is the way the story was presented. If Bragdon had been beaten there would have been no story as in the past, but he won. It was a story intentionally designed to create a reaction, not to present news, thus it was inflammatory. It gave an erroneous statistic, "first openly gay alderman," a statistic they have no way of proving. Twenty years ago before the Fox News Craze such a story would never have passed journalistic muster nor should it have and would have wound up on the cutting room floor where it belonged.
If we had a monkey elected as Alderman, now that'd be a story. Oh wait, we've had several of those.