Yet Another Daily D Oops

Sometimes the editors of the campus daily seem to go out of their way to publish inaccuracies. Julia Bernstein ’07, for example, wrote a column in today’s Daily D about “the recent wave of moralizing” in this country. Most of it is the usual attempt to find contradiction in Bush administration policies, but this line caught my eye:

The first instance of the recent string of purported immoralities on the national scene was an accusation that Nickelodeon favorite SpongeBob SquarePants was gay. The objection was raised by Focus on the Family chairman James Dobson…

Interestingly, the Los Angeles Times already ran a correction on this very issue after it, too, based an editorial on Dobson’s misinterpreted remarks:

An editorial Saturday about children’s literature and cartoons erroneously stated that James Dobson of Focus on the Family declared that SpongeBob SquarePants is a homosexual sponge. Instead, in a speech last month, Dobson criticized as pro-homosexual a tolerance video featuring SpongeBob, Big Bird and others.

A little fact-checking goes a long way.