Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Christian News Network

If you have made the rounds in the last few days, you know about Pat Robertson's explicit advocacy of murder in order to rid America of its greatest enemy... Hugo Chavez. I see no need to add my voice to the expressions of outrage about what Roberts said. But I was utterly dumbstruck by CNN's spin this morning. Daran Kagan ran a long clip containing Roberts' outburst, introduced by Ms. Kagan calling him "controversial."

And what did they do with this tee-up? Did they mention the Ten Commandments (you know, "thou shalt not kill"), or Jesus's riff about turning the other cheek? Did they bring on other religious leaders to talk about how unthinkably sacrilegous it is for a "man of God" to be advocating assassination -- because it is cheaper than war?


Their counterpoint was to show lots of footage of Chavez with Fidel Castro -- clearly intended to cement Chavez's status as approved bullet-catcher in the small minds of those still fighting the war against communism. Not a single discouraging word about Robertson's ravings was heard. I guess there are only two sides to an issue if the Right is trying to shout down inconvenient truths, like evolution. When wingnuts head off into the wild blue yonder, no balance is needed.

Perhaps Rush will be so pleased he will share his Vicodin stash with you tonight, Daran.


Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

OK, so I am in the middle of my self inflicted 1/2 hour of watching Fox News. They just "reported" on Robertson's comments. The message was that Robertson has little influence anymore and then went on to berate CNN for their coverage of the story and the glowing relationship between Chavez and Castro. They made the story about CNN's liberal coverage rather than the appaling commetns themselves.

3:36 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

Oh and this is the worst - most people will see his "apology" and miss his weasel. Before he apologized he said his remarks were misinterpreted and that to "take him out" could mean kidnapping. This one bugs me more than most.

12:25 AM  

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