Andy Birkey's journalistic integrity has reached a new low in his piece regarding Tom Prichard’s blog post of September 28th. Birkey creates false statements by lifting words and phrases from Prichard’s post and dropping them into his own biased sentences.
See for yourself.
In his post, Prichard reported that some parents said Justin Aaberg committed suicide because he was distraught over his male lover having an affair.
“It’s been argued that Justin committed suicide, because he was harassed for being homosexual. I talked to parents of students in the district and the word among students is that Justin was distraught over his male lover having an affair. Whatever the exact reason for Justin’s suicide it’s an enormous tragedy that shouldn’t be manipulated for ideological purposes which is what’s being done now.”
Now compare that to what I Birkey reports: “Prichard asserts that the suicide death of 15-year-old Justin Aaberg was not due to anti-LGBT bullying.”
C’mon Andy, we can agree to disagree without resorting to mendacity.
Apparently a believer in “the bigger the lie the more they believe it” Birkey says "Prichard wrote last week that ‘homosexual activists’ share in the blame when LGBT students commit suicide because ‘they’ve embraced an unhealthy sexual identity and lifestyle.’”
Birkey’s quote is pure fabrication. He just made it up.
Birkey's lack of journalistic integrity would be laughable if weren't for the fact that when kids are committing suicide we owe it to them to tell the truth.