Over at Get Religion, the big question was, why did a story like this rate the 'coveted Sunday A-section'? What made this worth posting? Well, because the journalist is, shockingly, using her craft to advance an agenda. We don't have news. We have propaganda. And increasingly, we are not being told what is happening, but what we are supposed to believe based on what we are told, and what we are kept from knowing.
Over the weekend, New York Times reporter Kim Severson gave the Chick-Fil-A bashers a coveted Sunday A-section megaphone – repeatedly parroting the “Chick-Fil-A is anti-gay” slur and raising fears of “evangelical Christianity’s muscle flexing” with only the thinnest veneer of journalistic objectivity. Severson, you see, is an openly gay advocate of same-sex marriage equality herself and the former vice-president of the identity politics-mongering National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. In a bitter op-ed on gay marriage laws not changing quickly enough, she asserted: “I don’t want the crumbs. I want the whole cake.” Severson has voiced complaints about her social and economic status as an unwed lesbian with a partner and child in several media publications.
This is why for months after the murder of Dr. Tiller, one of the few abortion providers open about providing late term abortions, we heard everything there was to hear...about Operation Rescue, religion in general, pro-life movements, and the linkage between religion and violence in history. This is why, only days after the charnal house of murder and slaughter that was Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic was discovered, he and his crime have all but disappeared. We no longer have a news media. We have propaganda outlets that aim to preach to the willing choir, who seems to care less about whether it is getting the truth or not. And with such low demands on the truth, journalists are free to make mountains out of molehills, or simply deny there are molehills or mountains altogether - unless it advocates and promotes The Cause.