NOM Lies to the Media

Rob Tisinai

February 2nd, 2012

On January 26, Brian Brown announced the results of a survey conducted by NOM in Washington state. He spoke with the grace and clarity befitting a man devoting his life to a moral cause.

Ha! No, just kidding. He lied. Here it is:

If the Washington Legislature wants to change the definition of marriage, which 57% of voters oppose, NOM calls on them to give this decision to voters.

Sorry, but NOM’s poll says that 57% don’t think a law permtting same-sex marriage is necessary, given the state’s civil union law. When it comes to actual opposition, though, only 49% said they would vote against it. (42% would vote for equality, while 12% don’t know.)

Timothy did a great job ripping apart the poll’s methodology earlier today. I just want to comment on Brian Brown’s lie to the media.

When Brian made his announcement, NOM didn’t release the survey for us to read. Jeremy Hooper over at NOMExposed dinged them for this at the time. As it happens, NOM’s updated press release now links to the document, but Google Cache indicates this wasn’t always the case (though Google Cache might be showing the new version by now).

In other words, Brian Brown distorted the results of his own survey on a day when we couldn’t check the honor of his word. It’s hard to blame him. One of NOM’s consistent talking points is that  a clear majority of voters oppose marriage equality, so any number under 51% embarrasses them.

That’s NOM for you: when one number doesn’t work, just…pick another!


February 2nd, 2012

“NOM Lies . . .” So what’s your next article title, “Water is Wet?” Seriously, when have they ever had any kind of press release or ad that didn’t have a lie, or at least some major stretching of the truth? They’re just getting more blatant about it.

Tony P

February 3rd, 2012

NOM always plays fast and loose with statistics. I recall my now deceased accounting teacher back in high school. Old Joe Palmer used to have a favorite saying, numbers don’t lie but figures do.


February 3rd, 2012

NOM once again proves the axioms, “When all else fails, manipulate the data”, and “There are 3 types of lies: Lies, damn lies and statistics”

Jay Jonson

February 3rd, 2012

I agree with AlexND. The news would be if sometime NOM actually told the truth about something.

Priya Lynn

February 3rd, 2012

It may not be news to us that the National Organization Against Marriage lies, but it is news to a lot of the general public and its very important that the LGBT press continue to report on it.

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