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Old 12-06-05, 09:28 AM
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Misleading headline on SFGate?

At http://www.sfgate.com/

Christian Group Boycotts Bank
Focus on Family pulls accounts from Wells Fargo after bank contributed to gay rights group. Chronicle

Links to:
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...NG5TG3K661.DTL

where it says:

"Focus on the Family has not called for a boycott of Wells Fargo."



I guess it could be argued the group itself "boycotted" the bank by taking their account out. But that seems like a bad use of the term. I don't boycott a store just because I don't shop there. Hmm..
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Old 12-06-05, 09:46 AM
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Old 12-06-05, 09:48 AM
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I honestly wouldn't have noticed it if you didn't point it out. Sounds like the editor screwed up in not noticing it. Do you think it's just bad editing or intentional?
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I assumed it was just bad editing. Just thought it was funny.


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Old 12-06-05, 09:53 AM
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They have already changed it to "Christian group pulls Wells Fargo accounts".
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Old 12-06-05, 09:54 AM
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Wait... SFGate? Misleading articles? No way!
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Old 12-06-05, 09:57 AM
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still showing up the same for me here on their home page.


I've been around. Haven't posted much on here though. Too much partisan crap here lately
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Old 12-06-05, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Venusian
I've been around. Haven't posted much on here though. Too much partisan crap here lately
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Old 12-06-05, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Venusian
still showing up the same for me here on their home page.
That's what I see too.

The whole article looks misleading as it keeps talking about boycotts and then toward the end, where people often don't get to, it says "Focus on the Family has not called for a boycott of Wells Fargo." And they even put a boycott sentence right after that one.

Oh, ok. Then why didn't you say they didn't call for a boycott at the beginning before serving up an article primarily about the history of boycotts against gay-friendly organizations?

They probably cut-and-pasted from an earlier boycott article.
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Old 12-06-05, 10:13 AM
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Here's one real boycott that's over due to Ford pulling it's ad dollars from gay publications:

Yahoo Story

By DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 43 minutes ago

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. said on Tuesday that its luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands will no longer advertise in gay publications, but denied that the nation's second largest automaker made the decision under pressure from conservative Christian groups.

"The decisions with regard to advertising was a business decision," Ford spokesman Mike Moran said. He said Ford's Volvo brand would continue advertising in gay publications. Ford hasn't advertised its Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands in those publications, Moran added.

Moran said Jaguar and Land Rover, which are part of Ford's money-losing Premier Automotive Group, have decided to cut back on their advertising everywhere because of difficult market conditions. The Premier Automotive Group reported a pretax loss of $108 million in the third quarter.

"They feel pressure on their marketing budgets, so they decided to streamline marketing across the board," Moran said. "They're not supporting as many publications and events as before in 2006."

Moran refused to say how much Ford has spent advertising in gay publications such as The Advocate, a biweekly magazine. Mercedes-Benz was advertising on the Advocate's Web site on Tuesday.

Ford's move came nearly a week after the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association canceled a boycott of Ford vehicles that began in May, when the group criticized Ford for being too gay-friendly.

"We are ending the boycott of Ford," association Chairman Donald Wildmon said in a statement Wednesday on the group's Web site. "While we still have a few differences with Ford, we feel that our concerns are being addressed in good faith and will continue to be addressed in the future."

The American Family Association first announced the boycott against Ford and related brands on May 31. The group said Ford gave thousands of dollars to gay rights groups, offered benefits to same-sex couples and actively recruited gay employees.


After a spring meeting with a group of Ford dealers, the association said in June that it was suspending its boycott until at least the beginning of December.

The Human Rights Campaign, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and other gay rights groups expressed concern about reports there was a secret deal between Ford and the American Family Association to end Ford's advertising in gay media.

"If there is an agreement with AFA, we expect Ford to disavow it. We expect Ford to publicly reaffirm its historic support for our community. And, we expect Ford to meet with LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) representatives this week to resolve these concerns," the groups said in the statement, which was posted Monday on the Human Rights Campaign Web site.

Moran said the decision was not linked to the boycott.

"We have no confidential agreement with the AFA," he said.

Moran said Ford made it clear at meetings with the American Family Association that the company would continue its policies recognizing the rights of its gay employees.

Ford is proud of its nondiscrimination policies, Moran said. "Those policies will not change," he said.

In May, the American Family Association ended a nine-year boycott of The Walt Disney Co. over Disney's decision to extend benefits to same-sex couples and promote gay-related events at its theme parks. The boycott appeared to have little effect, since Disney reported higher earnings and increased theme park attendance during that time.
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"He said Ford's Volvo brand would continue advertising in gay publications."

so why'd they end the boycott?
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SF Gate/ SF Comicle is like a beauty queen that comes in second. They'll keep bitching until they get your full attention. Believe it or not, SF Comicle consider themselves "voice of the west".
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