News Media

One narrative to rule them all?

"Long-running internecine media feuds, emblematic of the degradation of mass media as they are, are merely the smoke set off by the burning desire for one, all-consuming narrative....The only story we need to get straight is the story that really matters. Grounded in that story, the greatest ever told, we can deepen our understanding of ourselves and our world.

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Preparation Is Not Panic and Confusion is Not Chaos

"...there have been some moments of poor behavior as people have realized they may not be able to easily purchase some of life’s necessities. Hence, 'Panic As Shoppers Fight Over Toilet Paper!' There’s no doubt there have been moments of confusion as airport lineups have swelled in response to stricter policies—'Chaos at America’s Airports!' But it seems to me—and I have been following the news very closely—that such moments are relatively few and far between." - Challies

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Abuse Among Independent Baptists

I learned of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram series on sexual misconduct among Independent Baptists when one of our men brought it to my attention. The series of articles claims to have uncovered hundreds of cases in nearly 200 different churches. Our church member was concerned because the Star-Telegram included a map with a database of churches charged with sexual misconduct, and our church was included on that map.

A few years ago, a young man in our church was arrested for possession of child pornography. As a matter of policy, our church cooperates with law enforcement in such cases. We did not conceal his crime. When the news media showed up at my door, I answered their questions. We spoke out very clearly against his sin: it has no place among God’s people. We sought to protect our church and to ensure the safety of every child.

So, when I knew that this was the specific reason for our inclusion on the database, I assumed that by providing the facts in the case, we could clear up the matter. I immediately sent an email to the Star-Telegram reporter and gave her three reasons why we should not be included in her database:

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Gallup poll: how Americans really feel about the mainstream media

“'Most U.S. adults, including more than 9 in 10 Republicans, say they personally have lost trust in the news media in recent years. At the same time, 69 percent of those who have lost trust say that trust can be restored,' the analysis says, noting that the biggest criticisms were lack of accuracy and bias." - W. Times

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