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5/12/09

Media's Top Three Lies Over Proposition 8

CNS has a great article about the media's proposition 8 coverage. They report these three top media blunders:

1. The media falsely reported that the total amount contributed on both sides to Prop 8 was $73 million, while it was actually more than $103 million.

"How did this happen? The filing deadline for the last of six required financial statements was February 2, 2009, and all campaign committees met that deadline.

Every campaign committee was required to file a separate statement. The number of committees raising money for Prop 8 was four, and the number against was eight. The statements for Prop 8 totaled $41.3 million and those against totaled $61.6 million. Looking at a list of the separate amounts for each of the 12 committees, it becomes a mystery how anyone could come up with $73 million."


2. The media blamed the Mormon church and Utah for "pulling out all the stops."

"...campaign finance records available through the election showed that the number and amount of contributions coming from Utah and its surrounding Mormon-rich states was inconsequential -- somewhat more than $1 million, or roughly 3% of the total amount raised...

Thus, a lion’s share of all money for Prop 8 came from Californians, contrary to wild reports that most of it came from out-of-state Mormons...

(California Mormons are only 12% of all LDS members in the United States.)

... Its in-kind contributions, required to be reported separately in California, were for $190,000, a pittance of the total raised.

By contrast, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus together contributed over a million dollars, as did James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. To understand a blunder like this, it helps to know that all ten of California’s largest newspapers editorially opposed Prop 8.


3. The Pro-Gay Marriage effort raised much more money in the last critical weeks before the vote. The media completely ignored this.

"During the critical first 18 days in October, when contributions are usually at their peak, donations to oppose Prop 8 totaled $15.6 million, six times the amount raised by Protectmarriage.com (the campaign committee receiving 95% of all contributions for Yes) and the three other campaign committees for Yes.

...the Yes side ran out of money for TV ads to counter the opposition’s planned TV blitz. Only by urgently pleading for, and receiving, last-minute millions did Protectmarriage.com receive enough in the last ten days to afford a TV finish of its own."


Full article by CNS News

COMMENTS: beetlebabee said:

"I remember that last week, we were scrambling for funding. Those who were on the inside of the campaign knew that the claims being made by the media were laughable. We were far outspent, but were able to get some last minute funding from the grass roots that made all the difference. People really stepped up. The other difference in funding was who the money came from. Not just who religious wise, but who people wise. The pro-marriage side had many many more small donors. The celebrities and big donors were all aligned against us. It's funny to me that you never hear that. The moms and pops of California made protecting marriage possible."

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beetlebabee said...

I remember that last week, we were scrambling for funding. Those who were on the inside of the campaign knew that the claims being made by the media were laughable. We were far outspent, but were able to get some last minute funding from the grass roots that made all the difference. People really stepped up. The other difference in funding was who the money came from. Not just who religious wise, but who people wise. The pro-marriage side had many many more small donors. The celebrities and big donors were all aligned against us. It's funny to me that you never hear that. The moms and pops of California made protecting marriage possible.