Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Wrong-wing Media and Relgion

Media allowed conservative religious leaders to define "moral values"

In five days following election, conservative religious figures made 15 media appearances to progressive religious leaders' five
[on the tv networks].

This is particularly hurtful, I think because the wrongness of it runs even deeper than usual. Not only do the media claim to be following a standard of fairness, but this is a moral matter. Nothing about the standard allows that when religious leaders are consulted about moral values 3 Republicans should be consulted for every Democrat. Mediamatters has more, and you can contact CNN, MSNBC, or any of the others.

Falwell compared Kerry's unwillingness to oppose gay marriage through an amendment to the U.S. constitution to the unwillingness of many to strongly oppose slavery in the mid-19th century: "the fact that he [Kerry] would not support a federal marriage amendment, it equates in our minds as someone 150 years ago saying I'm personally opposed to slavery, but if my neighbor wants to own one or two that's OK. We don't buy that."


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