Sticker criticising the New York Times AIDS reporting, United States, 1987-1993

Made:
1985-1993 in United States
maker:
Unknown

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Five rolls of AIDs stickers 1999-704, and an orange New York Times sticker 1999-706. Black perspex background.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Fluorescent orange sticker criticising the New York Times, stating 'buy your lies here. The New York Times reports half the truth about Aids. Actup. Fight back. Fight Aids', USA, 1985-1993.

ACT UP, an American AIDS awareness charity issued these stickers to be placed on news stands, to campaign against inaccurate reporting on AIDS in The New York Times. The editorial of 29 June 1989 claimed the AIDS epidemic was levelling off as the disease was confined to ‘risk groups’ such as homosexuals and drug addicts rather than the general public as a whole. The editorial stated: “Once all susceptible members are infected, the numbers of new victims will decline.” The editorial also claimed that predicted numbers had been exaggerated. The New York Times eventually issued a retraction.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
1999-706
type:
sticker
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Watney, Simon

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