Skip to main content

PhotobucketMonday, Huffington Post was kind enough to publish a parody post I authored on their comedy blog, "Microsoft, Apple Unite to Demand That the National Organization for Marriage Boycott Them." It was kind of hit, and may have even inspired a copycat.

But the premise was absurd. And the "public relations" people I "quoted" didn't exactly speak like PR flacks.

I quoted an "Apple" spokes person as saying:

"People should remember why they need the free WiFi in Starbucks: for Grindr! And without Apple, Grindr wouldn't even exist. Even our CEO is gay! Just how gay does Apple have to be before the NOMbies fire up their hate cannon and aim it at us? Bring it on, already!"
I quoted a "Microsoft" spokes person as saying:
So what gives? ... What about us? We've even got a rainbow in our logo. Boycott us, National Organization for Marriage! Now!
I also included this disclaimer at the end:
NOTE: This piece is satirical. All quotations are fabrications for the purpose of satire.
Apparently this and the fact it was published on Huffington Post's Comedy vertical escaped the eagle-eyed journalists at MSNBC, who reported the story as news this morning. (Do they know about The Onion, you think? Should we tell them?)

Oops.

Lesson to MSNBC: Don't believe everything you read on the internet.

Video courtesy of Carlos Maza at Equality Matters.

Update: Roberts issued a correction today. I'll post video when available.

I appreciate Thomas Robert's work on MSNBC. In particular, I am grateful he is, thus far, the only journalist to hold Maggie Gallagher accountable and ask her to explain National Organization for Marriage's repulsive, cynical, race-baiting, secret political agenda. If only more journalists would do the same.

I appreciate that my writing caught Thomas' eye, and he owes me, personally, no apology. We are all human, and occasionally we make mistakes. He has behaved responsibly and brought the error to his viewers' attention, promptly and with humility, as any professional journalist would.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Caipirinha, Alumbrados, Angie in WA State, Sylv, Alma, Terri, jazzmaniac, MadRuth, ferg, slinkerwink, glitterscale, mickT, badger, NYmom, Bob Love, Sprinkles, superfly, Emerson, Shockwave, wu ming, Aspe4, jdld, oysterface, celdd, eeff, dsb, devtob, lotusmaglite, grover, MarkInSanFran, expatjourno, Heart of the Rockies, cskendrick, fugwb, whenwego, Ian S, highacidity, Bionic, mrblifil, roses, retLT, jennifree2bme, librarianman, hopeful, Texknight, tomephil, kharma, caseynm, psnyder, MrSandman, sockpuppet, pat bunny, TiaRachel, gerrilea, HeyMikey, NYFM, Steven Payne, Sychotic1, Catte Nappe, hazzcon, riverlover, Dood Abides, fritzrth, One bite at a time, outragedinSF, Diana in NoVa, zett, ybruti, KayCeSF, NapaJulie, Emmy, rickeagle, realalaskan, boran2, Josiah Bartlett, BDA in VA, sawgrass727, AUBoy2007, Julie Gulden, joanneleon, ExStr8, jabney, maybeeso in michigan, Bluesee, Tinfoil Hat, Unit Zero, caul, klamothe, Tonedevil, sc kitty, PBen, kitchen sink think tank, elkhunter, craigkg, citizenx, MT Spaces, dewtx, Brooke In Seattle, EJP in Maine, boofdah, Dr Squid, where4art, sofia, blue jersey mom, markdd, babatunde, Sandino, noemie maxwell, Ginny in CO, FindingMyVoice, coolbreeze, Rogneid, Beezzley, peacestpete, Box of Rain, xanthippe2, kathny, xaxnar, begone, Denny in Seattle, rserven, vigilant meerkat, impatient, dharmafarmer, BeadLady, Themistoclea, seefleur, koNko, AoT, dougymi, luckydog, blueoasis, triv33, StrayCat, jmaps, JVolvo, joe shikspack, happy camper, OMwordTHRUdaFOG, ER Doc, Dinclusin, llbear, onionjim, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, BB10, fiddlingnero, Bernie68, bstotts, RickBoston, kml, markthshark, NonnyO, cpresley, Tamar, tonyfv, old wobbly, Sapere aude, pgm 01, bluicebank, BeninSC, Polacolor, Winston Sm1th, SpecialKinFlag, leema, devis1, gloriana, EdSF, david mizner, Ticonderoga, Dave in Northridge, certainot, Shadowmage36, Kentucky Kid, jayden, SeaTurtle, millwood, jhop7, gchaucer2, uciguy30, leonard145b, eyesoars, Vinnie Vegas, roycej, Empower Ink, gizmo59, JDWolverton, jwinIL14, tejanablue, bkamr, wayoutinthestix, MikePhoenix, scooter in brooklyn, poligirl, OleHippieChick, Youffraita, AshesAllFallDown, bythesea, animal mother, skohayes, wade norris, Laughing Vergil, CPDem81, Deep Harm, Lujane, RandomNonviolence, hwmnbn, MrJayTee, icebergslim, Jeff Y, catly, mofembot, temptxan, codairem, kyril, luckylizard, venger, priceman, Ellinorianne, legendmn, maggiejean, bushondrugs, litoralis, socalmonk, fearisthemindkiller, banjolele, Sarge in Seattle, Norm in Chicago, WakeUpNeo, CamillesDad1, JesseCW, EquationDoc, DefendOurConstitution, Remediator, petral, elziax, hyper, DreamyAJ, Losty, 57andFemale, astral66, AkaEnragedGoddess, jpmassar, Larsstephens, Just Bob, commonmass, The Distillery, FogCityJohn, flitedocnm, little lion, gramofsam1, politik, leftywright, David Harris Gershon, SeattleTammy, fidellio, stunzeed, Crabby Abbey, LOrion, ColoradAnne, Polly Syllabic, Lost and Found, Eddie L, cai, rja, DrTerwilliker, cocinero, Actbriniel, slice, Mac in Maine, Onomastic, kerflooey, agrenadier, zooecium, Bob Duck, sostos, implicate order, Hopeful Skeptic, Zooey Glass, freesia, anyname, cooper888, La Gitane, xylonjay, asterkitty, pbgv23, kevin k, FightingRegistrar, trumpeter, mrsgoo, griffin459, jewel33, political mutt, muddy boots, Yogurt721, SueM1121, floridablue, EagleOfFreedom, merrily1000, tardis10, MRA NY, worldlotus, enhydra lutris, VTCC73, Caddis Fly, Vatexia, Hayate Yagami, SoCalSal, zenox, Regina in a Sears Kit House, Chitown Kev, Mentatmark, ChiTownDenny, jobobo, TX Dem 50, YaNevaNo, livingthedream, weatherdude, sow hat, Mindful Nature, Lurleen, Chrislove, We Won, IndieGuy, surelyujest, The Nephew, AnnieR, Trotskyrepublican, congenitalefty, Horace Boothroyd III, Celtic Pugilist, Lorinda Pike, peachcreek, beefydaddy18, MartyM, BRog, Ezekiel Zachariah Foster, notdarkyet, Margd, Noddy, avsp, LoreleiHI, AuntieRa, GAladybug, Spirit of Life, 4mygirls, maf1029, mythatsme, Stills, Blue Dream, DamselleFly, newinfluence, glorificus, Setsuna Mudo, jillwklausen, broths, Yo Bubba, entrelac, Milou, Scottie Thomaston, Mannie, nakshatradevi, probusinessdem, lovelyone

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site