Media Matters asks: Why does the Washington Post keep running fluffy profiles of anti-gay activists?

Today’s [last month’s] Washington Post Style section features a profile of another anti-gay activist, Bishop Harry Jackson.

For 2,200 words, Post writer Wil Haygood tells readers about Jackson’s faith, and about his childhood. Haygood tells us Jackson “found himself” in the Bible after his “Daddy died.” We learn that during his working-class childhood, his parents scraped together money for tuition for private-school, where Jackson was, as he puts it, “the black kid at Country Day who stayed in the houses of wealthy white people.” We learn that he got into Harvard Business school, and was “smitten” when he ran into a childhood acquaintance, who he later married.

And we learn that Jackson’s critics are dangerous, angry people:

His admirers have multiplied, and so have his critics. More than once, police have stopped by his Southeast Washington apartment to check on his safety.

“I was in line someplace recently,” Jackson says, “and a woman who obviously opposes what I’m doing looked at me and said, ‘You better go back to Maryland.'”

His wife says: “We have been verbally abused by the best.”

Some of his appearances unleashed vitriol, even threats.

But we never really hear from Jackson’s critics.

Indeed. But you would if you read EphBlog!

In the Christian Spirit: Merry Christmas from all of us at EphBlog!

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