Don't confuse us with the facts
The front-page Boston Globe story begins:
As HIV infections start to climb again among gay men and young adults, the federal government is moving to impose restrictions on AIDS education...
That's a great lead, by Globe standards. You already know the "bad guy" (the federal government), and you can easily identify the "good guys"-- the people who want to stop HIV infections. Why on earth would the government restrict AIDS education? Let's read on. The sentence continues:
...that would require campaigns to discuss the "lack of effectiveness" of condoms and subject explicit materials to high-level scrutiny from state public health authorities ...
Oh. The "restriction" is that the feds want AIDS education to be accurate.
And we still aren't finished with that first sentence:
-- measures that critics argue would impede efforts to prevent the disease.
Now we have the whole picture. Teaching only the facts is a "restrictive" approach. To prevent the spread of disease, we'll need to add a healthy dollop of liberal ideology. And if the facts conflict with the ideology, you know which will have to go.
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