Thanks to Michael over at a Nadder for putting me on to this little beauty. According to The Carpetbagger Report (commentary and analysis on politics in America), there are a number of far-right sites that subscribe to the Associated Press news feed but use an auto-correct feature to change certain words that they deem too left leaning. For example, they might auto-correct Democratic Party to Democrat Party. Idiots. And you thought everything on the interenet was pure and unblemished.

Anyway, what would often seem to be some fairly harmless editing and censoring can have repercussions that you might not expect. You might think it’s pretty irrelevant. After all, if you read websites that lean so far right as to edit words to suit their agenda then you get everything you deserve. So I suppose you’d be right in your assumption that it’s irrelevant. But nothing is irrelevant when it’s funny.

According to the Carpet Baggers, American Family Association’s OneNewsNow website replaces the word “gay” in AP articles with the word “homosexual.” Pretty pointless. I guess they don’t want to imply that people that are same sex attracted might be happy. Anyway, when you automate these things, hilarity can ensue. Like when a guy called Tyson Gay wins a 100m race. You’ve already guessed exactly where this is going, so let’s just reproduce the copy:

Homosexual eases into 100 final at Olympic trials

Tyson Homosexual easily won his semifinal for the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and seemed to save something for the final later Sunday.

His wind-aided 9.85 seconds was a fairly cut-and-dry performance compared to what happened a day earlier. On Saturday, Homosexual misjudged the finish in his opening heat and had to scramble to finish fourth, then in his quarterfinal a couple of hours later, ran 9.77 to break the American record that had stood since 1999. […]

Homosexual didn’t get off to a particularly strong start in the first semifinal, but by the halfway mark he had established a comfortable lead. He slowed somewhat over the final 10 meters-nothing like the way-too-soon complete shutdown that almost cost him Saturday. Asked how he felt, Homosexual said: “A little fatigued.”

Brilliant. Idiots always manage to out themselves in the end. And the blogosphere is only too happy to make sure everyone knows about it. The site has since corrected its copy, but Right Wing Watch blog got the screen grab. Well done, guys.

Just another reason to cross check all your news. Trust no one. Except me, of course. You can trust me, cos I’m a speculative fiction author.