Put the Apple pitchforks away, get the journalism pitchforks out

Comixology on the reports that Apple had prevented them from publishing the latest issue of the excellent Saga comic because it contained two small panels depicting gay sex:

In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on the Apple App Store due to depictions of gay sex. This is simply not true, and we’d like to clarify.

I bet there’s a lot of people feeling pretty foolish right about now after jumping on the anti-Apple bandwagon over this story.

What’s really interesting is the response in the media.  The last link in the sentence above contains the following at the bottom of the story:

An earlier version of this story stated that Apple banned the comic. That information was based on Vaughn’s blog post. The story has been changed to reflect ComiXology’s statement.

Great.  No apology, no “we screwed up”, no “we’re not real journalists, we just copied verbatim what was on a blog”, nothing to give Business Insider any credibility at all.

It’s a similar situation with CNET, who controversially put their parent company’s commercial concerns ahead of journalistic integrity, who redirect the URL http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57578855-37/apple-bans-digital-comic-over-gay-sex-images-say-its-creators/ to http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57578855-37/digital-comic-not-banned-over-gay-sex-images-says-ios-app-publisher/.  The story contains a similar disclaimer to Business Insider’s with no admission of fault or apology.