Pat Robertson Loses “AIDS Ring” Video Battle; Video Deemed Fair Use
Toward the end of last month Pat Robertson made one of the most egregious (and false) claims in the history of Pat Robertson egregious (and false) statements: that gay men in San Francisco use special “AIDS rings” to infect people with HIV when shaking hands. “You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” Robertson said.
Two weeks ago, the Christian Broadcasting Network tried to cover up remarks made by Pat Robertson, the founder of CBN and host of its flagship show the 700 Club, about how he believes gay men wear special rings that cut the hands of people they meet in order to infect them with HIV/AIDS.
CBN not only had the video we posted of Robertson’s comments removed from YouTube by complaining that it violated copyright laws, but also edited the comments out of its own broadcast of the show. We reposted our video elsewhere, but CBN also had it removed from websites such as Vimeo and Dailymotion.
We filed a counterclaim with YouTube asserting that our video was protected by Fair Use and yesterday we finally received word that our video had been restored. But the episode reveals the lengths CBN will go to hide and censor the statements made by its own leader. Now, the network is even considering legal action against a documentary critical of Robertson.
- Anderson Cooper Adds Pat Robertson to His “Ridiculist”
- CBN Yanks Robertson “AIDS Ring” Video From YouTube in Failed Effort to Bury Story
- Pat Robertson Confuses Reality with the Novel/Movie Dune
- Pat Robertson: Gay Men Deliberately Cut People With ‘Special Rings’ to Spread HIV/AIDS