Who would sponsor this stupidity? The New York Times is not alone; it is joined by other "objective" news outlets. The Chicago Sun-Times and WMAQ-TV, the local NBC-owned and operated affiliate, are also "global sponsors." They share the Gay Games' goals, to "foster and augment the self-respect of lesbians and gay men throughout the world and to engender respect and understanding from the nongay world."
Got that, nongays? Whatever happened to "objective" media outlets at least pretending to avoid taking sides? This is the essence of political correctness: It is better to violate openly your commitment to journalistic standards than assist the "bigots" by attempting to appear fair and neutral.
And it gets zanier still. The New York Times is not only sponsoring the Gay Games, it's having a pro-gay event there as well. As part of the "Times Talks" series, the newspaper will host a panel discussion on July 17 at the Chicago Public Library titled (so help me, I'm not making this up) "Brokeback Locker Room." Times contributor Robert Lipsyte will discuss with a panel of six gay athletes (and no opposition) how the "climate of acceptance" has changed in professional sports, and "what can be done to reduce the level of homophobia in the locker room and the media."
These gay-friendly "Times Talks" are nothing new. They've been a regular series since 1999. The Times has attracted corporate sponsors like Audi to support the chats in New York ,as well as San Francisco.
Just a few weeks ago, a "Times Talks" panel on the 25th anniversary of the first article on AIDS in The New York Times included radical activist Larry Kramer, who distributed his wild remarks in advance, claiming, among other things, that "the gay population of the world has been, and continues to be, targeted for extinction." His written remarks also called for "Nuremberg trials," to hold not only the late Ronald Reagan, but also the owners and editors of -- how's this for gratitude? -- The New York Times accountable, like Nazi war criminals, for the AIDS holocaust.
That's just crazy. But by placing its famous name squarely on the side of the gay left, The New York Times is sending a message to America's solid majority against putting thousands of years of tradition through the shredder. It says: You're all intolerant bigots on the wrong side of history, and you will be defeated, even if we have to make utter asses of ourselves in the process.