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April 22, 2005

Microsoft criticized for not meddling in politics

From the New York Times:

The Microsoft Corporation, at the forefront of corporate gay rights for decades, is coming under fire from gay rights groups, politicians and its own employees for withdrawing its support for a state bill that would have barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Many of the critics accused the company of bowing to pressure from a prominent evangelical church in Redmond, Wash., located a few blocks from Microsoft's sprawling headquarters.

Offering benefits to the “partners” of homosexuals increases insurance costs for everyone, including families that are the original beneficiaries of such benefit programs. But that's not good enough for the socialists at Microsoft, they wanted to empower the government to force such nonsense on other companies.

But now that Microsoft is backing off of politics, they are being criticized. Note how the NYTs couches Microsoft's decision to withdraw as the result of pressure from special interest groups, yet never sees Microsoft's decision to get involved in the first place as the result of pressure from special interest groups.

It's also interesting that the NYTs uses “blogs and chatrooms” as a source for some of its information. Well, at least they're not inventing it anymore.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 22, 2005 01:32 PM

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