The New York Post would rather you not support people with AIDS. The paper has criticized Kenneth Cole’s latest campaign to raise awareness about AIDS along with its supporters Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Hanks, Sir Elton John, Richard Gere, Natasha Richardson and Sharon Stone.
The paper is basing its criticism on a book by author Tom Bethell which claims that AIDS is vastly over-reported in Africa. According to the Post‘s outrageous and insulting unskeptical report, “Bethell reports in The American Spectator that the real problem is lack of clean drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa, which leads to a horrifying smorgasbord of infections, parasites and disease. Such conditions render HIV tests unreliable. ‘About 70 conditions have been shown to trigger a false positive, so the test is essentially useless in countries where bacterial contamination is endemic,’ Bethell writes. ‘Therefore, AIDS in Africa has never been shown to be the same as AIDS here . . . The sheer dishonesty of the New York Times and other media in not reporting these facts is hard to take.'”
Supreme Court appears ready to uphold Solomon Amendment; flawed argument by lawyers for gay rights group is criticized.
Gay HIV positive man takes Condoleezza Rice to court after being denied a job as a Foreign Service Officer because he is HIV positive. “According to Lambda Legal, the gay rights organization that took on the case, Taylor is fluent in three languages, holds a Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and easily passed the rigorous application process required to be a Foreign Service Officer.”