Memo to media: Don’t Lie and Don’t misinform on DADT

Today, Media Matters issued a report exposing the myths and falsehoods surrounding Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In addition, an open letter was sent to the media warning them not to repeat the lies and distortions about the law and the need to repeal it:

Because news outlets continue to repeat these outrageous myths, a coalition of organizations is banding together to combat misinformation about the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law. As Congress moves forward on this legislation, we will be vigilant in ensuring that news reports are accurate and fair. The public deserves an honest debate — not one marred by blatant falsehoods and anti-gay attacks.

The letter was signed by the President of Media Matters, Eric Burns who was joined by:

AMERICAblog’s John Aravosis

Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs

GLAAD’s Jarrett T. Barrios

Human Rights Campaign’s Joe Solmonese

Knights Out’s Becky Kanis

National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Kate Kendall

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Rea Carey

National Security Network’s Heather Hurlburt

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s Aubrey Sarvis

Servicemembers United’s Alex Nicholson

Truman National Security Project’s Rachel Kleinfel

VoteVets’ Jon Soltz

Lt. Dan Choi, US Army Infantry Officer and Arabic Linguist

Here are the myths, with links to the info. that debunks them:

MYTH: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is working

MYTH: Repeal would undermine morale and unit cohesion

MYTH: Military experts oppose the repeal of DADT

MYTH: The public does not support repeal of DADT

MYTH: Right-wing attacks on DADT repeal are not anti-gay

MYTH: DADT repeal would adversely affect retention

MYTH: Experience of other nations aren’t relevant because “nobody counts on” their armies

MYTH: Only progressives support the repeal of DADT

MYTH: DADT repeal would expose servicemembers to greater HIV risk

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