Thursday, January 30, 2014

Updated 1X:Chicago Phoenix Incorrectly Points out Equality Illinois Endorsements

Update:  The Chicago Phoenix has updated their piece with this correction:

Correction: Republican Tom Cross, running for Illinois Treasurer, is also endorsed by Equality Illinois. Chicago Phoenix was incorrect in stating that only one Republican was endorsed when there were two.

Over on the site of Chicago Phoenix, "Chicago's LGBT Newspaper" they have a story up about the release of Equality Illinois' political endorsements.

Unfortunately, the story isn't accurate.  They've either purposely decided to include partial information about endorsements or they just simply misreported the information.

Either way, this isn't a good move from a newspaper and a journalist.

In the piece, Editor-in-Chief Gerald Farinas leads with the line:
LGBT advocacy group gives stamp of approval to 5 Democrats, 1 Republican for executive offices.
All but one of the endorsed candidates are Democrats. Former Republican Party chairwoman and incumbent Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka received Equality Illinois’ stamp of approval.

The problem?  The story isn't true.  It isn't factual.

Why?  Equality Illinois' own tweet tells the story.  

Guess they didn't want to include the fact that Tom Cross - Republican for Treasurer was endorsed, too?  That would be 2 Republicans.  Not just one as they state in their story.

Oh...there's also this pesky press release from Equality Illinois listing the endorsements.

Kind of making matters worse, is that Editor-in-Chief Gerald Farinas took to Twitter with the partial reporting.

Seems like this warrants a correction from the newspaper, right?  And the Editor-in-Chief?   
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