I get that Fox opposes the Syria peace plan because its modus operandi is to foment dissent in the form of a relentless, irrational contrarianism to Barack Obama and all things Democratic to advance its ultimate objective of creating a deliberately misinformed body politic whose fear, anger, mistrust and discontent is the manna upon which it sustains its parasitic, succubus like existence…
By now, you’ve heard of the ‘interview’ of Dr. Reza Aslan by “religion correspondent” Lauren Green of Fox News. It was awful for a number of reasons, not least in which the interviewer questioned the interviewee about his qualifications to write about Jesus. Her specific question was related to religion — because somehow, a Muslim cannot write about Jesus (a Jew Christians and Muslims reverence in some capacity). Of course, not being Muslim hasn’t stopped a single Fox News pundit from talking about Islam.
But, I digress. To be sure, while I do not believe Jesus was a political rebel, I do believe it is likely he was at the very least mistook for that, given Mark’s account of his death, as I speak about in my book.
Aslan protested the line of questioning and instead presented his qualifications.
I am a scholar of religions with four degrees including one in the New Testament . . . I am an expert with a Ph.D. in the history of religions . . . I am a professor of religions, including the New Testament–that’s what I do for a living, actually . . . To be clear, I want to emphasize one more time, I am a historian, I am a Ph.D. in the history of religions.
Aslan does have four degrees, as Joe Carter has noted: a 1995 B.A. in religion from Santa Clara University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and wrote his senior thesis on “The Messianic Secret in the Gospel of Mark”; a 1999 Master of Theological Studies from Harvard; a 2002 Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of Iowa; and a 2009 Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
None of these degrees is in history, so Aslan’s repeated claims that he has “a Ph.D. in the history of religions” and that he is “a historian” are false. Nor is “professor of religions” what he does “for a living.”
I do not think Aslan loses credibility because he is a Muslim. As I have written before, the origin of fact does not dismiss the credibility of the fact. However, what does hurt is when you promote yourself as something you are not in the face of sheer stupidity. Dr. Aslan is a scholar. He holds degrees in theology, but so too fiction and sociology. Not history. Having a theology degree does not mean you are qualified as a professor in New Testament. Neither is he a historian by trade nor, as it appears, a professor of religions. Had Green drilled down on these questions, Aslan would not look like the defender of the faith many hold him up to be. Just because Fox News is what Fox News is, doesn’t mean we should automatically defend their opponents. I do not believe he is a liar (HT to Jim West), but he does have a something of a misrepresentation problem.
Mr. Rivera did so on the conservative morning show “Fox & Friends” on Nov. 2, the Friday before Election Day. As the three hosts criticized the administration for failing to save the ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans who died in Benghazi, Mr. Rivera protested. He accused the co-host Eric Bolling of lying, calling him “a politician trying to make a political point.”
“After the argument continued for several minutes, Ailes called the control room and told the producers to cut Rivera’s mic,” Mr. Alter writes.
Mr. Alter suggests in the book that the episode is atypical; Fox programming, he writes, generally reflected Mr. Ailes’s views without his explicit instructions.
This is a well-balanced view of the recent Goebbel-like propaganda machine called Fox News Channel:
The current controversy seems to have originated with Fox News contributor Todd Starnes, who on Tuesday wrote about a Pentagon meeting on harassment and tolerance issues; among the attendees was the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Mikey Weinstein.
“You know, the Age of Enlightenment and Reason gave way to moral relativism. And moral relativism is what led us all the way down the dark path to the Holocaust… Dark periods of history is what we arrive at when we leave God out of the equation.”
This comes from the leader of the conservative group Concerned Women for American, Penny Nance. How odd she doesn’t realize the role Christianity played in the Holocaust… or the pogroms, or the host of other murderous sprees against the Jews in Europe before the Holocaust. Luther had the support of a good deal of the German Christians and many American ones at that. Science made it easier, more succinct – but Christianity gave Hitler the theological allowance.
Or, in other words, things you’ll never see on Fox News.
Among the other things Starnes will do is to suggest that he and other conversabloggers have somehow coerced the Government into this admission. A lot of word-play here on their part, but that is what they do. I’m sure they’ll get Tony Perkins on the air in some form to suggest this may be a rouse or that we have to keep our guard up.
One thing I failed to mention in my post about this yesterday – when you join the military, you give up many basic rights and civil liberties, such as speech, association, and others. It’s part of the role you play, I guess.
I saw this on The Colbert Report last night — Bryan Fischer has discovered the Obama’s administration’s secret plan for making this a Muslim nation:
Yeah… Anyway, pursuing Fox this a.m., I saw this head line – to your lower right:
The actual story this headline links too? The sum total? An outside group tired of the recent news from the Air Force Academy and other places that have depicted some in those various places of using their rank to force people to become Christians or the what not, is urging that these officers will not stop treating the U.S. Military like the Army of God, then court martial them. I mean, you have the U.S. Army inviting well-known liar David Barton to their prayer breakfast.
Who does Fox news turn to characterize the outside group? Why, it’s Tony (Friends with David Duke) Perkins… (Seems Todd Starnes, the author of the piece, regularly turns to Tony).
But, let me stop here. What if a Captain Iman was doing the same thing and wouldn’t stop?
Or, what if a military officer broke military rules, commands, and/or orders? Should it be, depending on motivation or type of command (baring the Nuremberg examples, please), treated differently?
Read the article – note the nuances they use in denouncing the outside group, the way they promote their own group and the way this group (FRC) is treated as authoritative on a matter of opinion not related with what the Military has actually said.
Quite frankly, you are the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen. …What you just displayed was not journalism. It was yellow journalism. It wasn’t anything close to try to tell the American people what’s really going on. I mean it’s just shocking.
…Every journalistic ethic I have ever heard of was just violated by you.
…You are a shill for the Republican party. …You alibi them 100% of the time.
Fair & Balanced graphic used in 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, FoxNews is all up in arms about the “liberal media bias” in this election cycle. I guess they aren’t hearing what many on the right are saying as well.
Odd… because in 2003, Fox News Corp. won a lawsuit filed by a former employee, Jane Akre, claiming that the FCC policy that news cannot be made up is not really a law or regulation.
FOX appealed the case, and on February 14, 2003 the Florida Second District Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the settlement awarded to Akre. The Court held that Akre’s threat to report the station’s actions to the FCC did not deserve protection under Florida’s whistle blower statute, because Florida’s whistle blower law states that an employer must violate an adopted “law, rule, or regulation.” In a stunningly narrow interpretation of FCC rules, the Florida Appeals court claimed that the FCC policy against falsification of the news does not rise to the level of a “law, rule, or regulation,” it was simply a “policy.” Therefore, it is up to the station whether or not it wants to report honestly.
During their appeal, FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves. Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre’s claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story, they simply maintained that it was their right to do so. After the appeal verdict WTVT general manager Bob Linger commented, “It’s vindication for WTVT, and we’re very pleased… It’s the case we’ve been making for two years. She never had a legal claim.”
In other words… Fox News went to court and admitted that they have the right to lie, and then to present that lie as real news. Real News.
REAL STINKING NEWS!
So, when you hear about the “liberal media bias” – just remember, Fox News said it was okay to not just be biased, not to present lies as news.
By the way, many in the conservative press criticized Romney’s campaign – not just the liberals.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a Fox News contributor, tea party activist and personal friend of Sean Hannity’s said in a sermon recently published to YouTube that America’s greatest mistake was allowing women the right to vote, adding that back in “the good old days, men knew that women are crazy and they knew how to deal with them.”
In the video, published to YouTube in March, Peterson explains that he believes women simply can’t handle “anything,” and that in his experience, “You walk up to them with a issue, they freak out right away. They go nuts. They get mad. They get upset, just like that. They have no patience because it’s not in their nature. They don’t have love. They don’t have love.”…
….“I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote,” Peterson says. “We should’ve never turned this over to women. And these women are voting in the wrong people. They’re voting in people who are evil who agrees with them who’re gonna take us down this pathway of destruction.” (here)
Start about 8:30 into the video,
What’s ironic is that people, some people, say the same thing about minorities who vote. The exact same thing.