1/20/2009

HuffPo Hyperbole

Official seal of City of PortlandImage via WikipediaIt's not often that I'm critical of The Huffington Post but in this case, I'll make an exception. In their coverage of Portland, OR mayor Sam Adam's admission to having a relationship with an 18 year old man, the editors at HuffPo opted to be a little literal and thereby sensational.

Trumpeting the news they continually referred to the perfectly legal relationship as "having a sexual relationship with a male teenager in 2005." Even their headline salaciously leads the reader to infer that the relationship was somehow illicit and unseemly.

Sure, the Daddy in this Daddy/Son or to use the straight romantic term "May/December" romance was 45 but it does not change the fact the younger partner was a legal adult and no coercion or illegal act took place.

My first relationship of any substance was with a 40 year old man. I was 21 at the time. My current partner of 11 years is 10 years my senior. There was nothing unseemly about either because of an age difference. We were all adults.

I'm surprised at the HuffPo editors for engaging in this bit of sensationalistic gossip. The only thing Mr. Adams and his boyfriend did was not come forward about the relationship when rumors flew during the campaign. Why didn't they run out in public holding hands? Because they knew, as we all do, that what is good for the straights ain't good for the gays. If Mr. Adams had been straight and dating a college co-ed folks would have been slapping him on the back for his stamina (look at Strom Thurmond!) but because he is gay even the Progressive folks at HuffPo use words that make the relationship seem illicit and tantamount to pedophilia.

Bad form Arianna and friends, bad form.

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