This was not Slate.com's finest hour. One thing this article could never be accused of is objective reporting.
On Nov. 5th, the very same day the Double X article appeared, Salon.com's Broadsheet published an article by Judy Berman entitled "'Men's rights' groups go mainstream" <http://www.mediaradar.org/alert20091123.php#sdendnote3sym> 3 that adds no new information, and simply seems to be an effort to repeat the Double X article to Salon's readers.
"More than a quarter-century ago, British feminist philosopher Janet Radcliffe Richards wrote, 'No feminist whose concern for women stems from a concern for justice in general can ever legitimately allow her only interest to be the advantage of women.' Joyce's article is a stark example of feminism as exclusive concern with women and their perceived advantage, rather than justice or truth."
In "Journalistic Misrepresentation at Slate's New Woman-Oriented Publication 'Double X'" <http://www.mediaradar.org/alert20091123.php#sdendnote5sym> 5, RADAR's Mark Rosenthal explained how the article had misrepresented his comments and also took issue with the article's characterization of Murray Straus as someone "who has written extensively on female violence," saying:
"The characterization of Straus as someone who has written extensively on female violence is like characterizing Susan B. Anthony as someone who wrote extensively on temperance - true but misleading because of what it leaves out. Straus has devoted his professional career to the study of all forms of family violence - parent-to-child, child-to-parent, sibling-to-sibling, as well as partner violence in all its configurations - male-to-female, female-to-male, and mutual. He has never focused exclusively on female violence."
"The articles discuss various aspects and actors in the [men's and fathers] movement, and also quote and misquote me. ... I specifically, repeatedly, and emphatically told Joyce that any linkage between the men's & fathers' movements' grievances and Sodini is not my view, but I guess she was determined to jam it in there anyway."
Mahatma Gandhi is reputed to have said: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." The joint Slate/Salon attack pieces are a good indication that we're well past stage 1. Congratulation to all RADAR supporters and allies for getting us this far. Let's keep it up!
R.A.D.A.R. - Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting - is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://www.mediaradar.org
A tragedy. A shock. Extremely sad news for all who knew this special man. Minister Ron Smith was one of the best friends I have ever known. Minister Ronald Smith passed away on Friday September 5, 2008 from a heart attack. I am still very shook up from this news and will let our readers know more as soon as I get it. He was such an incredible man and just recently brought the 2008 Million Man March to Michigan. Minister Ronald Smith was also the founder of the National Fatherhood Summit and was one of the co-founders of the Family Preservation Festival. Minister Ronald Smith was co-author of the book Cheated. Minister Ronald Smith was the CEO of Children Need Both Parents, Inc. Most of all Minister Ronald Smith was an amazing father and husband!
My thoughts are with Ron and his family right now.
Below is a very well known video of Minister Ronald Smith. Incredible speechwhich I had the pleasure of watching live in Iowa.
God Bless Ron - We ALL love you! "My brother from another mother"
From the Family of Minister Ronald Smith
Your Brother in Christ Minister Ronald Smith called Home to be with Yahweh
It is with a heavy heart, and deep sympathy, that I announce to you today that Minister Ronald Smith was called home to be with the Lord. Minister Smith passed away from an apparent heart attack on September 5, 2008.
We are currently making arrangements and would ask you to stand by for further communications with regards to a memorial.
Children Need Both Parents mourns the loss of it's founder and CEO. We praise God that Minister Smith finished all that God charged him with, and is re-united in Heaven with his son Richmond. We vow to press on with the vision God gave him. Everyone here appreciates your love and support through this most difficult of times.
May God continue to shine upon you.
Minister Ronald Smith believed in a proper accounting of God's resources. In our efforts to honor his memory, and honor his principles of stewardship, we humbly request that donations be sent in lieu of flowers. This will enable us to more effectively continue the work God began in him.
Official Announcement from Ronald Smith’s wife, Sherry Shabazz Smith:
Please be advised that there will be two services for Ronald Smith.
Many of you know that Ronald Smith passed away on Friday September 5, 2008. Thank you for your kind thoughts, considerations and prayers at this time.
The first service is coordinated by Ron’s sister and mother. Ronald will be laid to rest in Chicago. The wake and funeral specifics are listed below.
Minister Ronald. Elijah Smith Saturday, September 13, 2008 Woodlawn Union Baptist Church 6359 S. Eberhart Chicago, IL 60637 10:00 -11:00 visitation 11:00 - 12:00 funeral
The second service is a Celebration Of Ronald Smith And His Life.
This celebration is coordinated by Sherry and will be held on Wednesday September 17, 2008 at 6:00 pm at the:
Abundant Life Ministries 1725 Division SE Grand Rapids Michigan 616-301-2325.
Sherry asks that NO cut flowers be sent. Live plants are welcome. Most importantly Sherry has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Children Need Both Parents, Inc. Ronald did not have medical insurance nor did he have any life insurance. Again, Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
For Immediate Release Contact: Minister Ronald Smith 616-301-2325 or Robert Pedersen 269-420-4688
Grand Rapids, Michigan August 6, 2008 - Brian Downs, a Kent County attorney and candidate for Judge in the Kent County 17th Circuit Court in the November election is riding his bicycle 758 miles from the Capitol in Lansing to the nation's Capitol in Washington DC. Downs along with 3 other riders are signaling a message that Family Courts throughout the nation are not family friendly. The Equal Parenting Bike Trek has been organized to bring attention to what he believes should be reform in the nations court system.
Brian Downs, who has been a family advocate for the past 7 years, believes that it is the duty of our nation to protect the parent child relationship and repair this relationship when necessary so that children maintain a loving relationship with their entire biological family. Downs believes that the nation's family court system does more splitting up of families than protecting and maintaining this most important and primary relationship.
Minister Ronald Smith, CEO of Children Need Both Parents, Inc, a non-profit group located in both Chicago and Grand Rapids stated, "Our family court judges pay little attention to the damage being done to our children removing one or both biological parents from a child's life without making a concerted effort that no stone is left unturned to repair and maintain this God Given relationship."
Downs is scheduled to leave Lansing at 2:00pm EST August 7th and scheduled to arrive at the Family Preservation Festival in DC on August 15-16.
We are proud of the efforts of Lary Holland and numerous other organizations sending a message to the ACFC that this event will continue! We applaud this courageous effortto make sure that the voices of those concerned over the right to parent and excessive government intrusion will not go unheard.
If you are an individual or organization we ask that you send a letter of support to Lary Holland and the DC Festival 2008 Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. A growing number of organizations have already signed on in support of this important effort! Make your support known now by sending your letter of support.
Here is an image of the article written in the Hastings Banner of Barry County Michigan concerning a County Commission meeting to discuss Equal Parenting. Also the article discusses future meetings concerning the event. Read it and write in if possible.