THE WASHINGTON POST ran the image above on their front page last week after applications for same-sex marriages were accepted by the District of Columbia for the first time.
Some readers freaked out. One person wrote to the paper saying, “I would appreciate it if your cover pictures would not be so disturbing where my kids can see it easily on the kitchen table... please don’t shove this “Gay” business in our face. This is something that should have shown up on an inside page or two (without the picture).”
Is there anything wrong with running the photo? Is the Post taking sides in the same-sex marriage debate by publishing the image so prominently?
More broadly: should the news media reflect the public or create standards for what society should deem as acceptable?
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