Well, some homophobes are a bit ticked off that respectable journalists aren't giving their Ford boycott the attention that it needs to become a real, grown-up boycott. They even put out a study about the lack of media attention on it:
In covering the recent financial woes of the Ford Motor Company, most media organizations have ignored one potentially significant factor -- a year-long boycott by pro-family organizations over the corporation's support of homosexual-rights groups.
In a report released on Wednesday, the Culture and Media Institute (CMI) notes that since March 2006, "Ford has been the target of a boycott by one of the largest pro-family groups in the country, the American Family Association (AFA)."
But, it adds, "you'd never know it from media reports."
How could the media ignore their boycott, after their last one successfully cut into Disney's business and then caused the company to cave in to all their demands? Oh, wait, no, it didn't do jack taco to stop Disney. And it's probably not the cause of Ford's financial woes.
But the part of the "article" that got me was in the third paragraph. I can't keep track of all the websites that the religious right keeps spawning to carry the same silly "articles" about the same silly stories. I mean, check out how much administration goes into doing a Lexis-Nexis search:
A Nexis search conducted by CMI -- a division of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of Cybercast News Service -- revealed that over the three-day period following Ford's January 25 announcement of a 2006 loss of $12.7 billion, the media carried 653 items about the corporation's problems.
Just seems to me like they could be a whole lot more efficient if they just consolidated their organizations. They have dozens of websites that use the same material and dozens of organizations that do basically the same things, each owning others or being subdivided into new groups. I know that non-profits and advocacy groups need to have some structure to get things done, but when you've divided and subdivided so far down that you have a subdivision whose Accomplishment of the Year is a Lexis-Nexis search, maybe you've gone too far. What's next? Are they doing to divide the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center, into the Lexis-Nexis Search Group, the Google Search Group, and the Yahoo! Search Group?
Maybe I'm reading way too much into this, but I remember when the AFA was running the Agape Press's stories, which became the new OneNewsNow.com, owned by the American Family News Network, which syndicates on the Concerned Women for America website, which has its own Media Center where you can forward their press releases to your local paper (down right now). But back to OneNewsNow, which carries a few AP stories, but also some from the Cybercast News Service (not to be confused with the more moderate Christian Broadcasting Network, which broadcasts on television on The 700 Club) as well as World Net Daily.... I could go on, but I'm getting tired.
But seriously, that's quite an echo chamber there. But no one in it can explain why exactly they're picking on Ford for advertising in Out and supporting GLAAD and the HRC when so many other companies do the same. While making sense isn't all that's needed for a successful boycott, it's definitely a key component.