April 7th, 2009

Jason Clayworth’s Greatest Hits

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Written by: Krusty Konservative
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jasonI mentioned yesterday that Jason Clayworth announced on his Facebook page recently that he got engaged to his partner Joe. I’m sure this is a common occurrence with many same-sex couples in Iowa following the Supreme Court’s decision to allow gay marriage.

The issue I have with Mr. Clayworth isn’t the fact that he’s a homosexual. It’s that, for years, he has been a Des Moines Register’s political reporter covering issues such as Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act, the recent Supreme Court case, and now the effort to pass a marriage amendment.

To be honest, I don’t even have a problem with him being a political reporter. I just think that when a reporter has a severe bias on a certain issue, the reader should know that the “news” they are reading is being filtered by a particular bias. It is disappointing that the Des Moines Register would assign a reporter with such a bias to cover such a significant news story. The fact that Clayworth is a member of the Facebook group, “I Support The Unanimous Iowa Supreme Court Ruling – Gay Marriage,” ought to disqualify him from writing about that issue in the Register ever again.

Just yesterday, Clayworth did a story about House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s position on the passing of a marriage amendment in the Iowa House. Clayworth has written or contributed to a number of stories that dealt with homosexuality over the years. Below are some examples.

Legislators denounce gay-union foes’ claim
The Des Moines Register – Friday, February 29, 2008

Unlikely allies fight same-sex marriage in Iowa
The Des Moines Register – Sunday, March 2, 2008

Lawmakers take sides on marriage
The Des Moines Register – Sunday, February 10, 2008

Amending constitution is a long, difficult process

The Des Moines Register – Sunday, January 20, 2008

Teacher’s `satire’ [which included calling Republicans anti-gay bigots] draws anger

The Des Moines Register – Saturday, February 15, 2003

Ministry aims to ‘convert’ gays
The Des Moines Register – Sunday, July 28, 2002

Des Moines YMCA accused of violating rights of gays

The Des Moines Register – Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Straights drawn to gay bars

The Des Moines Register – Friday, January 5, 2001

Play [about a family whose homosexual son is dying of AIDS] inspires $1 million gift
The Des Moines Register – Wednesday, October 11, 2000

I find it funny that the traditional media like the Register ridicules blogs and on-line news sites because they state their bias from the get-go. The Des Moines Register has hidden the fact that Clayworth is a homosexual from its readers for years. They owe their readers an apology because what they thought was straight up political reporting, was tainted by Clayworth’s worldview.

About the Author

Krusty Konservative
Herschel Krustofski is the pseudonym for the anonymous author of Krusty Konservative, a blog which focuses on Iowa Politics. Created in February of 2006, Krusty Konservative is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the Iowa blogosphere. Since its conception, Krusty Konservative has never shied from tackling controversial issues, and providing insight to the inner workings of Republican politics in Iowa.

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