I just wanted to chime in with another call for a formal apology placed in a static place on the main forum page, not placed in a thread that will slowly get buried by new threads.
I genuinely don't understand what's going on at Mothering. Granted, I'm relatively new, but how are the recent controversial Facebook threads (with accompanying disgusting comments) and now this Pat Robertson nonsense being allowed to "slip through"? Why is there no due diligence done with regard to advertisers? (Seriously, it took me exactly 2 seconds and 1 google search to confirm the Operation Blessing/Pat Robertson connection, all done while nursing my 9.5 month old. If I can do such a quick due diligence check, why can't the Mothering ad staff?)
It seems as though Mothering needs to do 2 things ASAP before it risks completely alienating many of its members:
1. Do some serious soul-searching regarding just what audience it is trying to court. Posting threads that seem geared to invite racist, classist, and homophobic sentiments, allowing homophobic comments to remain up on your Facebook page for an unconscionably long amount of time, and now ("inadvertently") partnering up, even briefly, with an organization affiliated with Pat Robertson suggests that Mothering is positioning itself in such a way that implies a tacit agreement with, if not an explicit supporting of, such hateful extremist invective.
2. Hire people who actually know how advertising and social media work. I don't understand how these snafus continue to happen. There have been issues with what was publicly visible on Facebook and hateful comments have been allowed to stay up on the Facebook site (which suggests Mothering endorses these views). I feel like I may be missing some Facebook issues, but since I'm not on Facebook, I'm not sure. Additionally, it's my understanding, based on reading old threads, that there has been at least one other major advertising dust-up (TOS/Pearls), which I would have thought would have lead Mothering to do a bit more due diligence when accepting advertisers. Does Mothering now at least have an opt-out clause in their advertising contracts that allows it to pull ads that don't line up with Mothering's philosophies?
I'm just really disappointed in the way things have been going over here. I originally joined Mothering for the DDC, and found it to be a wonderful resource during my pregnancy. Now I'm really uncomfortable with much of what seems to be flying under the official Mothering flag, and I'm just not sure I can stay.