Counting on the mainstream media to produce accurate reporting about Chick-Fil-A is like… counting on the mainstream media to produce accurate reporting about anything else, really.
Last week, there was a widely-reported story that Chick-Fil-A had caved to pressure and agreed to stop supporting pro-traditional marriage organizations. Turns out that story, like many widely-reported stories, was just flat-out untrue.
Contrary to reports first made by the gay-activist group The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) on Tuesday and later picked up by mainstream media outlets, Chick-fil-A and its charitable-giving arm, the WinShape Foundation, did not agree to stop making donations to groups that support the biblical definition of marriage in exchange for being allowed to open a franchise in Chicago.
On the Corner, Mark Krikorian explains what’s probably the source of this latest media flatus:
…they should have known that when Alderman Joe Moreno ended his opposition to their opening a store in Chicago, he and his allies would attempt to spin it — I mean, it’s a combination of Chicago politics with the most ruthless, unprincipled fringe of the gay movement.
This time it looks like the media is fishing for stories, pouncing on ones that seem to obvious. Sometimes the story isn’t as juicy as it appears and could be left alone. Remember, the Internet often honors stupid stories, so it takes discipline to resist them.