World AIDS Day was not covered by NBC and mentioned only in passing by ABC. CBS gave it priority as Couric interviewed Melinda Gates, the billionaire's wife, about her foundation's funding of vaccine research and its sponsorship of HIV-prevention projects. Claimed Gates: "We are making strides in Thailand and Uganda." Byron Pitts told us that AIDS deaths "have plummeted" inside the United States but the virus continues to kill in the Third World, with 2.5m annual deaths in Asia and Africa.
Evangelist Rick Warren has made AIDS his special cause--yet he incurred the wrath of 18 leading conservative Christians when he invited Sen Barack Obama to join him in his annual anti-HIV summit, because Obama is no pro-lifer. ABC's Jake Tapper (subscription required) weighed Christian concerns about AIDS and abortion and poverty. Should one issue disqualify coalition building over another? "I am a pastor not a politician," Tapper quoted Warren. Is the preacher right-wing or left-wing? "I am for the whole bird."
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