Fox 45 Baltimore: Laziness or Lack of Objectivity?

Two days from now, on Thursday, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will sign legislation into law making Maryland the eighth state in the United States with marriage equality.

Congratulations Maryland!  I was happy to call “The Chesapeake Bay State” my home for almost 1.5 years before I moved back to the Midwest.

However, people opposed to marriage equality in Maryland got a little help from WBFF, the Fox television affiliate in Baltimore.

Whether intentional or not, the homepage of the station’s website provided a link that took you to a “same-sex marriage” section.

It didn’t explain the story, but, for days, it provided an external link where visitors could sign a petition declaring support for the effort to repeal marriage equality.

It states, “Opponents of the new law legalizing same-sex marriage are preparing to begin a petition drive to put the measure on the November ballot.  Click here for more information on the petition.”

After being called out for this laziness or lack of objectivity by the Washington Blade and Towleroad, that section now includes a link to Equality Maryland, a leading organization behind marriage equality’s success.

“Equality Maryland is heralding the passage of the same-sex marriage bill.  Click here to go to Equality Maryland’s website.”

Now, viewers of the third or fourth place news operation’s website can find both links for and against marriage equality.

WBFF, this might be the reason more people in Baltimore and Maryland watch WJZ and WBAL.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Larry on February 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    i think lazy, you know the people that work in the media are lazy 🙂


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