'Newsweek' Magazine Owner Believes Being Gay Can Be Cured
One of Newsweek Magazine's new owners, Johnathan Davis, is making news himself now that his alleged beliefs on homosexuality have been made public. It appears that Davis, whose company IBT Media purchased Newsweek last year, is a proponent of "ex-gay" conversion therapy.
In a Facebook post in February 2013, Davis described as "shockingly accurate" an op-ed article written by Christopher Doyle, the director of the International Healing Foundation (IHF), which works to convert gay people. Davis said it “cuts like a hot knife through a buttery block of lies”.
Doyle, who once identified as gay but is now married to a woman, wrote that “same-sex attractions” are typically felt by people born with a “sensitive nature” and then subjected to “early sexual initiation and/or sexual abuse” or unusual attachment issues with their parents. He said last week that he was delighted by Davis’s praise. “Considering how much of the media is very gay-friendly, this is a breath of fresh air,” he said.
For his part, Davis hasn't confirmed or denied his views on ex-gay therapy. When asked for comment on the Facebook post, he stated:
Whether I do or not [believe that], I’m not sure how that has any bearing on my capacity here as the founder of the company. I’m not sure how it’s relevant. People believe all sorts of weird things. But from a professional capacity, it’s unrelated.”
Considering Newsweek is a news source, some people might disagree.
According to Gawker, Davis sent this memo to IBT staffers on Friday touting diversity:
I want to reiterate to all of you that our company, myself included, has and always will respect diversity in our workplace. This is reflected not only in our daily work but also in our hiring and personnel practices. Our team members are hired and retained based solely on their ability to perform the task.
We welcome and support a diverse range of opinions and values. We believe this diversity is critical to success as a world-class journalism organization, and also creates a richer and more productive culture and environment for all of us.
What are your thoughts, Instincters? Are Davis's personal views relevant? Do his beliefs have an impact on the content that comes out of Newsweek?