Besen does a great spin job

From Truth Wins Out’s Wayne Besen:

A month after protesters picketed its annual dinner for inducting Focus on the Family’s James Dobson into its Radio Hall of Fame, the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) announced today that it was selling its half-finished building.

“It is with deep regret that I announce the MBC board on December 10th voted to sell its half-finished building at State and Kinzie in downtown Chicago,” said Bruce DuMont, Founder, President and CEO of the MBC. “This is a very disappointing development.”

“Pandering to extremists doesn’t pay and the Museum of Broadcast Communications suffered a catastrophic blow to its reputation by honoring Focus on the Family’s James Dobson,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out (TWO). “Bruce DuMont hoped to cash in by catering to the deep pockets of the religious right, but his prayers weren’t answered. Truth Wins Out wants to thank the hundreds of people who came out to protest in freezing weather – your efforts and determination paid off.”

When the nomination of Dobson was announced, TWO teamed up with the Gay Liberation Network and launched to keep Dobson out of the Radio Hall of Fame. These robust efforts culminated with a full-page “Dump Dobson” ad in the Chicago Tribune, signature ads in the GLBT media and a large demonstration outside of the awards dinner at Chicago’s Renaissance Hotel.

Ha. Priceless.

I’m sure the building sale and the protests really having absolutely nothing to do with each other. Either way, Wayne did a great spin job.

Perfect 10.

2 Responses to “Besen does a great spin job”
  1. KipEsquire says:

    And I’m sure he got another black eye in the process, like the one on his book jacket.

  2. Mike A says:

    It seems to me that the protests against James Dobson — and the museum’s clear bias in favor of conservative honorees — made the Museum unpalatable to Democratic donors, including Blagojevich.

    Then when Republican saviors came along, Blagojevich gladly bailed.

    However, the Museum could not survive solely on donations from social conservatives, who have little use for a media museum. The Museum especially could not count on donations so close to an election that drained the wallets of Dobson’s supporters.

    If Bruce DuMont really wanted a reputable and financially sustainable museum that would honor the true heroes of radio, then he should not have pandered solely to one political extreme.

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