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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Who's Lying? Hutcherson, or the AP?

From the Stranger's SLOG:
Earlier this week, in a story picked up by local television stations and both major Seattle dailies, eastside Rev. Ken Hutcherson announced he is launching a nation-wide boycott of Microsoft, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, and other companies that are supporting Washington’s gay civil rights bill. From the Associated Press story that ran all over the nation:
The Rev. Ken Hutcherson, pastor of Antioch Bible Church in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, said he would formally issue the boycott Thursday on the conservative radio show Focus on the Family.
It would have been a big deal for Rev. Hutcherson to appear on James Dobson’s Focus on the Family radio show, which is part of the powerful religious right media machine and reaches nearly 9 million people across the country each week. Well, today is Thursday. And no sign of Rev. Hutcherson on Dobson’s national broadcast, which today concerned “Confronting Abortion Through Prayer.” What gives?
Click the link to read the whole story. The bottom line is that Hutcherson did not appear on James Dobson's national Focus on the Family show today. He did appear on a few Washington stations as part of a "drop-in".

Futhermore, The Stranger's Eli Sanders also reports that that Hutcherson told him this:
“The AP was wrong,” Rev. Hutcherson told me. “I never said I was going to announce a boycott today.”
For the whole story, see this excellent post from Eli Sanders.

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