Des Moines Register – Clear Channel: Jan Mickelson comments on AIDS contained errors

From the Des Moines Register’s Jason Clayworth:

Clear Channel Communications today issued an on-air response to comments by commentator Jan Mickelson who said some education efforts about AIDS destigmatizes the “stupid behavior” of homosexuality.

The station noted Mickelson is entitled to his opinion but said his comments “confused strong opinion with medical fact and contained factual errors regarding HIV/AIDS, its spread and current efforts to inform the public about this disease.”

Mickelson made the comments during a show broadcast from the Iowa State Fair.

He noted during the broadcast awareness campaigns that contain local politicians or community members describing how AIDS does not discriminate. Such campaigns locally include appearances by Sen. Matt McCoy, Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, both Des Moines Democrats as well as Register columnist Rekha Basu.

He then described how One Iowa, the state’s largest civil rights group for gay and lesbians, spoke out against a Republican candidate for state representative who referenced Bible verses that gays should be killed. A statement from Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn distancing the party from the comments is proof that propaganda works, Mickelson said.

“Why? Because there was a constituency group that used propaganda to destigmatize stupid behavior and it worked on Matt Strawn,” Mickelson said.

Mickelson then described how lung disease also doesn’t discriminate but it’s probably a good idea to stop smoking; sclerosis of the liver doesn’t discriminate but it’s probably a good idea to stop drinking; heart disease doesn’t discriminate but “you probably should take that weight off, lard butt.”

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