Media v Evangelicals, 2018 part 6

I recently posted about events in the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. This was not a media-generated thing; it was a genuine grass-roots uprising that gained strength after the Washington Post took it up. It cannot be considered a media-fueled problem. However, it is worth noting that Baptist media lean left and helped push a Progressive into the office of President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

I suppose the lesson there is that journalists lean left, even when they work for theologically conservative publications.

And now to continue my periodic reviews of the ongoing media campaign against theologically conservative Christians. The Trump era has seen the media focus on Evangelicals. Well, these things go in cycles, I suppose. I am not alleging any conspiracy; it is just that journalists think alike and are prone to groupthink and herd mentality. Also, they swarm like piranha when they think they smell blood in the water, so if there is any appearance of a potential issue that could be used to wedge President Trump away from his Evangelicals base, they dive in and start muckraking with great energy.

The New York Times published a feature/ exposé/ hit piece that focused on David Brody and the Christian Broadcasting Network. Their article is one of those anthropological looks at the primitives who voted for President Trump. Rather than give a link to their execrable site, you can learn stuff you didn’t already know by checking out the review by my favorite media critics:

https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2018/5/14/old-news-the-new-york-times-discovers-david-brody-and-cbns-niche-audience-power

The New York Times thinks of David Brody as a special “kind of PR man,” as Terry Mattingly put it in his review of their article. But Brody is just a good reporter, doing good reporting, who happens to enjoy great access to the Trump White House because his reporting is favorable instead of hostile. Mostly his reporting is neutral, but the mass media “Opposition Party” coverage of Trump and the Trump Administration has been so hostile that neutral looks like favorable to both them and President Trump.

Well, gee whiz, of course Christians are tuned into Christian niche media. That is because mass media is an anti-Christian swamp of Leftism.

Pro-Trump Evangelicals only get traction in Christian niche media. Here is an example that is worth your while:

https://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2018/05/27/evangelical-leaders-trump-is-generations-most-faith-friendly-pres

You can contrast that with another hit piece. This one is an LA Times op ed about Evangelical churches are leaner and meaner, bloc voting in ways that overmatch the “nones”; The LA Times is distressed that the “none of the above religion” crowd doesn’t pull more weight at the ballot box.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-sager-loskota-evangelical-20180531-story.html

And here is a newspaper editorial that takes offense. They are handwringing because Christian niche media exists.

http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article211899489.html

Also, Leftist mass media continued to promote and celebrate liberal “Christians” who whine and complain about traditionalists who actually believe the Bible and try to live accordingly. Last month I wrote about the coverage of an anti-traditionalist group of liberal “Red Letter Christians” and their “Reclaiming Jesus” manifesto. Coverage continued, fueled partly because several of the signers went on tours to promote their latest books.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/christian-leaders-call-out-the-heresy-of-trumpism/2018/05/23/00f026c2-5eb5-11e8-9ee3-49d6d4814c4c_story.html?utm_term=.e8ae950ca3a9

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/23/us/anti-trump-evangelicals-lynchburg.html

 

Here are two very different Christian reactions to “Reclaiming Jesus”

https://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2018/05/21/religious-lingo-a-misguided-effort-to-erode-trumps-evangelical-base

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2018/05/26/christian-crowd-vows-to-reclaim-jesus-from-polarized-u-s/

And there was a press release from Gallup with polling on Evangelical voters. There was a small amount of media coverage, but I didn’t see anything worth sharing. Here is Gallup’s blog post.

http://news.gallup.com/opinion/polling-matters/235208/things-know-evangelicals-america.aspx

Every now and then we remark about how Leftism is a religion. Journalists have polled as 85 percent or so “no religion” or Atheist in surveys. But they are not irreligious. They are Leftists. It should not be surprising that, once the fig leaf of neutrality is pulled away, their naked hostility to traditionalist religions is on display.

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5 thoughts on “Media v Evangelicals, 2018 part 6”

  1. It has always been ironic that churches that try to change their beliefs to accommodate modern thinking end up with fewer people. If you change baseball to become like soccer, you wide up with empty stadiums.

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  2. 10 Cents:
    It has always been ironic that churches that try to change their beliefs to accommodate modern thinking end up with fewer people. If you change baseball to become like soccer, you wide up with empty stadiums.

    Very astute comment here; you’re on a roll lately Dime! The same principle could be applied to GOP politics. The more you try to “triangulate” with RINOs and Democrats, the more you chip away at your base, notably FiCons, SoCons and most importantly, the abandoned working class who felt the most pain during the previous administration.

    Trump voters were able to accept his obvious personal flaws because he stayed true to some pretty basic economic truths and without reinforcement of these truths, this country would dissolve in utter chaos.

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  3. EThompson:
    Trump voters were able to accept his obvious personal flaws because he stayed true to some pretty basic economic truths and without reinforcement of these truths, this country would dissolve in utter chaos.

    Economic truths dominated his message, but there was another very important element to Donald Trump’s message.  America.  Trump celebrated America the way America celebrated herself in the 1950s.  He was pro-America, favored a return to American values and American strength.  He praised American military and police and blue-collar workers in ways that have not been heard for many years.

    America was built on Christian values, and most American values can be characterized as ‘Christian values plus individualism.’   This was very appealing to Evangelical voters.

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  4. MJBubba:
    America was build on Christian values, and most American values can be characterized as ‘Christian values plus individualism.’

    Aka the Protestant Work Ethic.

    Sigh. You’re as politically incorrect as I, so beware!

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