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Chick-fil-A fires back at media’s mischaracterization of their giving
Legal Insurrection ^ | 9/21/2012 | Ann Sorock

Posted on 09/21/2012 4:51:00 PM PDT by BfloGuy

This Wednesday, I reported that the media were falsely reporting that Chick-fil-A had decided to cease donations to “anti-gay” groups. Scores of so-called reputable news outlets like the Los Angeles Times and ABC News ran headlines declaring that Chick-fil-A had changed its policy toward giving to anti-gay groups. Yesterday, Chick-fil-A set the record straight, saying that their corporate giving has been “mischaracterized” and calling out “events from Chicago this week that have once again resulted in questions around our giving”:

A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.

The lack of due diligence from reporters like the LA Times’s Tiffany Hsu led to scores more erroneous headlines, as articles like hers were then picked up by affiliates like the Denver Post and spread around the country.

On Wednesday, I pointed out that all of these headlines seemed to be taking one group’s press release–the Civil Rights Agenda–along with Alderman Moreno’s comments in a Chicago Tribune article about a letter he received from the company, and printing them without checking their validity against the actual documents.

I did fact-check Alderman Moreno and the Civil Rights Agenda’s press release on Wednesday. And when I did, I determined that, at best, we had no way to corroborate what they were saying; at worst, they were falsifying and spinning what was, in fact, no change whatsoever from Chick-fil-A’s original corporate giving policy. The actual quote from the letter to Alderman Moreno:

The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.

Alderman Moreno has once again thrust a company, one that wished to open in his ward and provide employment to his constituents, into the spotlight for his own personal gain. When will Alderman Moreno, and the woefully inattentive media that backs him up, be held accountable for their casual manipulation and mischaracterization of a private company?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Religion
KEYWORDS: chicago; chickfila; homosexualagenda; illinois; partisanmediashills
I had some, um, spirited exchanges with fellow FReepers who bought the mainstream media story that Chick-Fil-A had sold out hook-line-and-sinker,.

Why, do you suppose, after all these years, conservatives still want to believe everything they read in a paper?

1 posted on 09/21/2012 4:51:06 PM PDT by BfloGuy
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To: BfloGuy
Fast food? I'll be eating at:

The company that puts bible verses on their products.

2 posted on 09/21/2012 5:15:27 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: BfloGuy

I shall continue to go out of my way to eat at Chick-Fil-A when I can.

May God bless Chick-Fil-A, its owners, and its employees, as well as all of us who will continue to go out of our way to support them!


3 posted on 09/21/2012 5:18:16 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: BfloGuy
Why, do you suppose, after all these years, conservatives still want to believe everything they read in a paper?

Because they've got their intolerant heads up their asses..........

And they're the same ones who would likely find fault with Jesus if HE were to make His return and announce He is running for president.......After all, He did pass out free food and wine to the unemployed masses, probably the first recorded history of welfare handouts........

4 posted on 09/21/2012 5:22:20 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Honorary Serb

Make next week as big as we can for them. Attacks from the left need to be countered. Buy chicken.........


5 posted on 09/21/2012 5:25:39 PM PDT by codder too
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To: dragnet2

I know In n Out puts a verse on their cup. Does Chick fil A do something similar?


6 posted on 09/21/2012 5:42:06 PM PDT by liege (I'll pay more for tomatoes...or lettuce.)
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To: BfloGuy

I read the Press Release from CFA yesterday. Many here insisted that was all I needed to know CFA had not caved, it was crystal clear. The PR was so vague that it was worthless, so in the vacuum that created, many assumed they caved. I’m still not sure, because they’re still being vague. Do they support Focus on the Family or not?


7 posted on 09/21/2012 5:45:54 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

So, conservatives have intolerant heads up their asses? Hate the poor? Is that your final position?


8 posted on 09/21/2012 5:48:40 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: liege

Nope.


9 posted on 09/21/2012 5:49:07 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: BfloGuy

“Scores of so-called reputable news outlets like the Los Angeles Times and ABC News ran headlines....”

Now THERE’S a contradiction in terms: “reputable news outlets” followed by “Los Angeles Times and ABC News.”

If either one of those sorry outfits is reputable to anyone with half a brain, I’m an eskimo rocket scientist!


10 posted on 09/21/2012 6:03:38 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Hot Tabasco
And they're the same ones who would likely find fault with Jesus if HE were to make His return and announce He is running for president...

If Jesus were to announce he were running for President I would know he wasn't THE Jesus but only A Jesus. And the loaves and the fishes were probably more like the first Sunday brunch and not an example to worship Marx.

11 posted on 09/21/2012 8:40:22 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
The PR was so vague that it was worthless, so in the vacuum that created, many assumed they caved. I’m still not sure, because they’re still being vague.

I agree, they are being vague. They may well have caved, but we don't know that yet.

Just never succumb to the desire to believe something from the mainstream media. They may end up having been correct -- but make 'em prove it.

12 posted on 09/22/2012 4:43:31 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Without economic freedom, no other form of freedom can have material meaning.)
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Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. I'll still be eating at C-F-A!!

As the cows say: 'Eat Mor Chiken'

13 posted on 09/24/2012 12:40:39 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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