Thursday, October 6, 2011

NewsBusters Expose of Tax-Payer News Biases

I don’t care very much about the media’s favoritism for liberals over conservatives or Democrats over Republicans. However, I care very deeply about the media’s ubiquitous assault on Christians and the church for a number of reasons:

1. This constitutes nothing less than hate-speech, something that the media hypocritically denounces.

2. This assault has begun to marginalize the church. Armed with media dirt, many now claim that Christians shouldn’t have any more public say than the Klu Klux Klan.

3. Even Christians have bought into media distortions, like the NYT calling Anders Breivik a “Christian extremist.” Such reporting has caused many younger Christians to distance themselves from an institution that has been repeatedly portrayed as “corrupt.”

For these reasons, I was happy to read about NewBusters initiative against PBS and NPR:

• "It’s an outrage that federal money has been an enabler for NPR and PBS since 1967 in their efforts to undermine conservatives and Christians," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell complained in a statement released this morning that accompanies the release of a new Media Research Center (MRC) study detailing a comprehensive compilation of the 20 most memorable leftist excesses of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System.

• "In this current era of huge deficits, surely this is the most non-essential spending. The pattern of bias from PBS hosts and contributors is more than severe. Now is the time for Congress to finally put an end to it," the MRC founder argued.

• Some of the 20 instances in the MRC’s report on NPR & PBS include:

o PBS host Tavis Smiley insists America has a terrible Christian terrorist problem. In 2010, he told an author that Christians blow up people “every day” in the United States.
o NPR reporter Nina Totenberg wishes Jesse Helms death from AIDS. When Helms insisted in 1995 that AIDS drew a disproportionate amount of federal funding, Totenberg was disproportionately mean-spirited.
o PBS regular Julianne Malveaux hopes Clarence Thomas dies young of heart disease. On the talk show To the Contrary in 1994, panelist Malveaux proclaimed, “I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease.”
o Longtime PBS host Bill Moyers proclaims GOP officials wearing flag pins after 9/11 remind him of communist China. On his weekly show Now in 2003, Moyers ranted, “When I see flags sprouting on official lapels, I think of the time in China when I saw Mao's Little Red Book.”

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