Monday, September 20, 2010

Truth And Consequences In The Biased Press

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Veteran news Anchorman, Doug McKelway, was fired this weekend by WJLA-TV 7 in Washington DC for telling the truth in a news report.

How things have changed.

Remember the old, "Truth or Consequences," radio, then TV show? I think it started in about 1940 on radio then continued on television until 1988. It's probably somewhere on re-runs.

The premise was if you couldn't answer the question correctly (tell the truth) then there were consequences.

Well, the new version of TV has a little different premise. If you tell the truth, there are consequences.

While many news agencies have reported this weekend that he was fired because of "insubordination" or "misconduct" involving an argument with his news producer, there is much more to the McKelway story.

Truth be told, it really relates to the fact that what he reported conflicted with the bias of the news division of WJLA that he worked for.

At the heart of the matter was a news report McKelway made this past summer during the height of the BP oil well problem. He was covering a poorly attended protest against BP in Washington DC.

The Washington Post, in their somewhat fair article this weekend, described it as follows:
"In his piece, McKelway said the sparsely attended event attracted protesters 'largely representing far-left environmental groups.' He went on to say the protest, 'may be a risky strategy because the one man who has more campaign contributions from BP than anybody else in history is now sitting in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama, who accepted $77,051 in campaign contributions from BP.'"

After a brief taped segment updating efforts to cap the BP well, McKelway added that the Senate was unlikely to pass "cap-and-trade" legislation this year because, "The Democrats are looking at the potential for huge losses in Congress come the midterm elections. And the last thing they want to do is propose a huge escalation in your electric bill, your utility bill, before then."

McKelway has previously accused the press of being biased or not balanced in their reporting.

And he should know. He comes from a long line of journalists in Washington DC. His grandfather, Benjamin, was the long time editor of the Washington Star; his great uncle, St. Clair, was a writer and editor for the New Yorker for 30 years and his late uncle John was a columnist with the Star and the Washington Times.

The parent company of WJLA -TV 7, Allbritton Communications, also owns POLITICO, among other news organizations.

I suspect this is a foreshadow of what is to come as the biased media seeks to impose itself on the upcoming mid-term elections and then elect or re-elect our next president.

One example from this weekend. Washington Post columnist, Colby King is defining exactly what Tea Party Members are about, their litmus tests, etc. on
Inside Washington TV show. Fortunately, Charles Krauthammer was on the panel and took Mr. Colby to school. Out loud and in front of everybody.

Telling the truth can have negative consequences in our current culture, because truth is now relative, so if your truth doesn't sync with the media truth, you have a problem. Stand in defense of marriage and you are attacked by the press. Quote biblical teaching on homosexual behavior and you are called a "bigot"---and worse. Tell the truth about global warming as a NASA employee---you're fired. Speak the truth about Islam, as Franklin Graham did a couple of years ago---you are mocked, marginalized and un-invited to a prayer service at the Pentagon.

This is a time for Christians and conservatives to be both informed and discerning.

Thank you for your support.

Be Aware. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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