Then, in the penultimate paragraph, the story says this: “While some may disagree with the BSA’s actions, the group maintains a strong allegiance to faith and, thus, opposes gay membership.” This is editorializing—there is no one quoted who says anything like this—and it comes to a conclusion that is not true. There are many faith groups that have gay members and support anti-discrimination laws against gay people. The Boy Scouts requires “Duty to God” and denies membership to gay people, but it doesn’t follow that the first requires the second.

That CBS affiliate story is bad enough that it should remind us all to examine our prejudices as we’re writing and to double check that they’re not seeping into our news stories.

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Jennifer Vanasco is a is a news editor at WNYC and the former editor in chief of MTV Network's LGBT news site 365gay.com. She writes about social minorities, national politics, and culture. Her award-winning newspaper column on gay and women's issues ran for 15 years.