Scare quotes aside, latest takedown er, takeout on Texas adoption law could be worse – GetReligion (blog)





Texas' new adoption law, set to take effect Sept. 1, is back in the news this time via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Gay rights vs. religious liberty is, of course, the major tug of war at play here.(Honk if you've already read a post or two or three on this issue at GetReligion this week).

The Star-Telegram's 1,800-word piece is not terrible. Granted, it's not going to win any awards for fair and balanced journalism. But the paper makes at least a cursory attempt to reflect both sides.

Nonetheless, it seems clear which side the newspaper favors the one featured in the lede and conclusion as the Star-Telegram focuses on this theme:

Let's start at the top and see how long it takes the first scare quotes to appear:

Want more scare quotes? The Star-Telegram also feels compelled to put "the rights of conscience," the "Freedom to Serve Children Act" and "reasonable accommodations" inside quote marks. Would any of those phrases fail to make sense without quote marks? Or is the Star-Telegram intentionally casting doubt on the use of the terms (which would make them scare quotes)?

But just when it appears that the story will be a one-sided editorial, the paper actually allows the other side a voice. Among those quoted is Randy Daniels, vice president of program development for Baptist-affiliated Buckner Children & Family Services:

The Star-Telegram mentions the Fort Worth-based Gladney Center for Adoptionas an agency that might receive such a referral. But the newspaper doesn't quote anybody from there or ask what seems like an obvious question: Would that agency be able to work with the couple in the lede and conclusion?

I mean, the newspaper's whole premise is that if say, Buckner declined the couple, they would have nowhere else to turn. So why not take that claim a step further and see if the newspaper can find an agency that would accept the couple?

Will the new law turn families away? The Star-Telegram needs to dig a little deeper if it really wants to answer that question.

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