Monday, February 24, 2014

NBC: "David Wise's Alternative Lifestyle Leads To Olympic Gold"

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NBC reports that American gold medal skier David Wise is "at the top of his sport. He is always smiling among his friends and his competitors, however, he is not like the rest of the field" of Olympic athletes.

But why would NBC define Wise's lifestyle as "alternative" in their headline?

Wise told NBC, "I think my lifestyle...really takes the pressure off my skiing..."

It is interesting, revealing and profoundly disappointing that NBC would consider Wise's lifestyle "alternative."

NBC says Wise's lifestyle is "not exactly the picture you had in mind while watching him nail two double corks wearing baggy pants."

Why the confusion on the part of NBC?

David Wise, NBC says, wears a Baby Bjorn carrier around the house. The network says, "He attends church regularly and says he could see himself becoming a pastor a little later down the road."

Wise says, "I think my lifestyle---the fact that I have a little girl to take care of and a wife---really takes the pressure off my skiing, because first and foremost I have to be a good husband and father."

He says, "When you're out there skiing for something bigger than just yourself, it takes a lot of pressure off me. I'm happy and content, fulfilled. I have an amazing life outside of skiing."

NBC says, "That is what sets his mental game apart from his competitors. He likely has the most stable life of them all."

Most of the world had probably never heard of David Wise until these Olympic games. Here's what the world now knows about him as a result of NBC's reporting and his success on the slopes.

  • He is married to a woman. She is his wife.
  • He and she together have given birth to a child---a daughter whom they love.
  • Both he and his wife are deeply committed Christians.
  • He is so committed to his Christian faith he could see himself becoming a pastor in the future.
  • Because of his Christian biblical beliefs, he considers himself "responsible" for his wife and daughter.
  • He won the Olympic Gold Medal.
  • He won the first gold for his sport.

He is indeed an outstanding young man. He stands out among his peers. Perhaps Skyler Wilder, reporting for NBC, was merely trying to capture the essence of this outstanding young man. I don't know his motives.

But why would an NBC reporter choose to define this young man's lifestyle as "alternative?" And why would NBC approve the headline "David Wise's Alternative Lifestyle Leads to Olympic Gold?"

Is NBC suggesting that because Wise lives a moral life, believes in biblical morality, has a female wife and a child whom he loves, he is somehow outside normalcy? Is he really living an "alternative" lifestyle?

News Busters says, "NBC can't seem to keep its left leaning slant out of its coverage of the Winter Olympics. One day after playing up Stalin's 'Palace for the people' in Moscow's metro system, the Big Three network spotlighted how an American freestyle skier is living an 'alternative lifestyle'---for being married at 23 and having a young daughter."

Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist also called out NBC for the way they characterized Wise's lifestyle as "alternative."

She wrote, "Before we check out the exact nature of his 'alternative' lifestyle, let’s get on the same page about what that term means. Wikipedia should do."

Wikipedia says, "An alternative lifestyle is a lifestyle diverse in respect to mainstream ones, or generally perceived to be outside the cultural norm...not all minority lifestyles are held to be 'alternative'; the term tends to imply newer forms of lifestyle, often based upon enlarged freedoms."

Hemingway writes, "So what could it be? Is he pangendered? Is he a polygamous? Is he dwelling in a commune eating only raw foods? Is he living off the grid and existing on the barter system? What could it be?"

The message, intended or otherwise, from NBC is that because Wise is 23 and not living at home on his parent's insurance, sleeping around and partying every night, is responsible, married to a woman, has a child, is not "gay" and is a Christian, he is living an "alternative" lifestyle.

The reaction to Skyler Wilder's NBC story has been significant. Last night in what was evidently an attempt at responding to the reaction to his story about Wise and his "alternative" lifestyle, Wilder Tweeted, "Just in case any if [sic, think he meant of] you misunderstood haters are curious, @mrDavidWise & I are still cool."

John Nolte couldn't believe what he was reading, and wrote this for Breitbart News:

"A revealing reminder of the provincial, bubbled leftists that run our media can be found in a NBC News piece profiling Olympic gold medal winner David Wise."

Nolte says, "Freak-showing normalcy and normalizing abnormality is a well honed tactic used by the left to undermine the healthy traditions that civilize a society."

This attempt further underscores the ignorance of America's press--- or it simply highlights their undying commitment to redefine a culture. I suspect the latter.

I'm reminded of the words of the ancient prophet Isaiah (5:20), "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter."

Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Bold. Be Blessed.


  1. Perhaps NBC only recognizes an alcoholic, drug-using, homosexual liberal as "normal"; therefore, this young man's lifestyle is, to them, "alternative".

  2. 8:51 Agreed. That is the point Gary is making.

  3. You reap what you sow. Your side started this whole "alternative lifestyle" thing as code for "perverted" or "weird." It's hard to sympathize with you when you've spent your career denigrating others with these words.

    1. Why would this young man be responsible for what's others say and do . Should NBC make you responsible for what Jeffy Dammer did ?

    2. Bitter, envious? Your words sound like the truth is hard to take. David Wise is as normal as can be. The media calls normal abnormal. I applaud David Wise.

  4. Christianity did not "start" perversion by using code words. God at Creation, established the pattern of human sexual relations and in doing so defined what was alternative or perverted. Truth does not denigrate, it convicts and illuminates. To repeat-"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil." It is true, you reap what you sow.

    1. Many have suffered because of the arrogance of humans who think they know God's truth and who administer judgment is His name.

  5. 10:04 Many have perished because they shook their fist in God's face because they rebelled against God's revealed Word.

    1. I'll take my chances. Humans have had more misses than hits in interpreting "God's truth." Remember slavery, interracial marriage bans, bans on women voting, etc?

    2. If only God had the ability to make himself clearly understood. I think a twitter account could go a long way toward re-establishing his credibility on these matters.

    3. 1:31

      "You shall not lay with a man as with a women" No interpretation needed. Plain, to the point, no wiggle room.

      "In the beginning God created them male and female, for this reason a man shall leave his mother and father and be joined to his wife and the 2 shall become one flesh". No interpretation needed. Plain, to the point, no wiggle room.

      Don't like it? Take it up with Jesus Christ. I wouldn't give a plugged nickel for your "chances"

      Craig in Lacey

    4. Ah, yes... we've been down this road before. The LITERAL interpretation of the Bible, which led you to admitting that, yes, kids who mouth off to their parents should be stoned to death. And that, yes, in some circumstances, slavery is actually OK according to the Bible!

      Craig, first, Jesus didn't say a word about homosexuality. And secondly, why don't you leave the judging up to God, rather than administering it yourself here on earth?

    5. 12:37

      Yes, Jesus did say several words about homosexuality, which are included in the first quote.

      You would deny this because you don't accept that Jesus is the very WORD OF GOD who was made flesh. You don't understand that nor can you because your foolish heart is darkened.

      Every quote of God in the Bible is Jesus speaking. Was he speaking FIGURETIVELY in Leviticus? Don't think so..

      Secondly, Christians are called to be discerning about the world around us and to not be of the world. If God calls something sin, then that's what it is, regardless of whether you want to do it or not.

      I can't condemn you, only God can. But..... I am called to call sin what it is, whether you like it or not.

      Craig in Lacey

  6. Excellent! Thank you.

  7. Go David! You seem to be as says your last name.

  8. Impressed by F&F story and Mr. Wise; not by NBC. (I do not have TV; my news comes from NPR, BBC radio, and the internet.) NC WA RINO


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