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Pacquiao Interviewer: Boxer Didn’t Say Gays Must Be Put To Death, I Wrote That

by David Badash on May 16, 2012

in Media,News

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Manny Pacquiao did not directly say that gays must be put to death, according to the conservative Examiner writer who interviewed the welterweight boxer. The writer says now he included the Leviticus quote merely to illustrate what the boxer was saying.

News sites and media outlets across the country, including The New Civil Rights Movementyesterday reported that boxer Manny Pacquiao said in an interview that gays “must be put to death,” quoting Leviticus 20:13 and other biblical scriptures in an interview with the Examiner’s Granville Ampong.

Ampong, in addition to being a terrible writer, now is blaming other journalists for his poor journalism skills, which frankly is embarrassing and offensive. Ampong today pens, “Biased writers grossly twisted Pacquiao’s view on same-sex marriage,” while not bothering to correct his original report. Ampong starts his new article attacking other journalists, by stating:

USA TODAY writer Tom Weir  wrote Saturday, May 14, 2012, “Manny Pacquiao challenges Obama on same-sex marriage“, a fatal twist of the report I had written centering on an interview: “Pacquiao rejects Obama’s new twist on the Scriptures“.

May 14 was Monday.

Ampong is a terrible writer.

Another excerpt:

As we see, nowhere in my supposition and integration of my interview with Pacquiao did I mention that Pacquiao recited this Leviticus 20:13 nor did I imply that Pacquiao had quoted such. I have simply reminded in my column how God made it clear in the Old Testament time that such practice of same-sex marriage is detestable and strictly forbidden, in as much as God wants to encourage his people practices that lead to health and happiness and fullness of life. As my style of literary writing suggests in almost all of my columns, the critical thoughts I tied up in the structure of thoughts I wanted to convey pertinent to this issue at hand do not translate Pacquiao’s point of view, however conservative I am in my exposition.

[Emphasis his.]

Except, you totally did, and that’s why every media outlet reported it that way. Ampong is a terrible writer.

Bottom line: Pacquiao did not say gays “must be put to death,” Ampong just wrote it that way.

Pacquiao does vehemently believe in the Bible, and, among all this frenzy, has never made clear what his position on homosexuality and the Biblical teachings are, except to say, “God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man.”

We’re still waiting for a response from Pacquiao’s marketing agent, who has not responded to our request for comment.

Ampong is a terrible writer.

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Scott_Rose May 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

Apparently, Pacquaio did grant an interview to an "Examiner" and Pacquaio specifically voiced opposition to President Obama's support of LGBT equality, on the basis of Pacquaio's understanding of the Bible. That in itself is reason to demand that Nike (which also produces and markets Cole Haan, Converse and Umbro shoes) dump Pacquaio. We do not live in a theocratic anti-minority terrorist state, and no company should have as its spokesperson and public face a theocrat proposing that we morph into one.

flobeedoodle May 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I love the very last line, "Ampong is a terrible writer." Just in case we missed it the first time through. Don't hold back now, Badash. Tell us what you really think!

erocne May 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Ampong is a terrible writer. That much is true.

What is also true is that The New Civil Rights Movement along with other media outlets that took his article and ran with it are also partially to blame. In this day and age, the onus is even greater upon responsible media to check their facts and do the appropriate research before taking the easy sensationalist route. Such negligence can easily damage reputations, careers and ultimately lives. There's still power in the pen even if it is digital.

That said, Ampong is a terrible writer.

Cebu Travel Guide May 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm

here's the video interview of our Pacman… guys who don't understand tagalog needs a translator.

d0k0i88 May 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm… Manny Pacquiao denounces anti-gay allegations. For an extremely religious guy, it's actually good to know that Manny's isn't against homosexuality (just gay marriage, but I guess sometimes you can't have it all).

artKArt May 17, 2012 at 4:02 am

David Badash can't read.

Anybody with a grade-school level of reading can understand what quotes do. If you actually read Ampong's interview you wouldn't have misinterpreted it. He doesn't quote Pacquiao here and it can be concluded that Pacquiao didn't say that. You just sound mad at Ampong for no particular reason.

David Badash can't read.

David Badash May 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I can read just fine, thank you. Apparently, in your world view, the writers and editors at USA Today, The Village Voice, and L.A. Weekly — all of whom reported the exact same story in the exact same manner, before The New Civil Rights Movement did — can't read either.

Sorry, Charlie. Ampong can't write.

Frankly, we are VERY careful here about facts. And, to be very honest, when we get them incorrect, we correct them as soon as we know we're incorrect. And we apologize if appropriate. Which is far more than USA Today did — they didn't bother to correct heir story until last night or today.

Our credibility and our reputation are the most important assets we have, and we would never gamble them.

Let's place the blame where it belongs. And where all the other media outlets agree: Ampong.

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