Thursday, December 11, 2008

The death of mainstream journalism

Journalistic integrity in the mainstream media continues to die a slow and agonizing death. Accuracy, thoroughness, and impartiality are totally absent from the discussion of today's most controversial issues. Honest reporting has been replaced by its evil twin: secularist propaganda.

Case in point: this week's issue of Newsweek magazine. The cover article is entitled "The Religious Case for Gay Marriage." The subtitle of the online article says "Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side."

This is obviously a highly volatile issue, with strong opinions on both sides. Over 70 million dollars were spent either for or against the Proposition 8 campaign in California alone. Yet Lisa Miller of Newsweek has completely misconstrued the evidence, failing to quote a single conservative proponent of the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman.

I would encourage you to read Al Mohler's critique of the article here. His conclusion:

Newsweek could have offered its readers a careful and balanced review of the crucial issues related to this question. It chose another path -- and published this cover story. The magazine's readers and this controversial issue deserved better.
Newsweek has a circulation of over 3 million readers, and this magazine will be appearing on newstands everywhere. The world is grappling with the idea and implications of same sex marriage. Are we prepared to give a gracious and biblical response?

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