CBN News Claims Media Matters is anti-Christian

Christian Broadcasting Network News (CBN) reports that Media Matters For America is an anti-Christian organization, claiming “Now, CBN News has obtained a document showing that the very foundation of the group known as Media Matters for America is built on anti-Christian bias.” Oh dear, you’re kidding right?

From CBN’s report:

As part of its strategy, Media Matters frequently targets Christian organizations in an effort to counter what it views as pro-Christian “bias in news reporting and analysis by the American media.”

“It is common for news and commentary by the press to present viewpoints that tend to overly promote…a conservative, Christian-influenced ideology,” the group said in its application for non-profit status with the IRS.

Vince Coglianese, a reporter with The Dailer Caller, has investigated the Media Matters’ attacks on Christian organizations.

“Media Matters, in its application to the IRS–outright, in the very first paragraph–declares it’s going to be an anti-Christian organization,” he said.

“Interestingly, though, in their public mission statement Media Matters makes no mention of the fact that it intends to target the Christian ideology,” Coglianese noted.

Media Matters did not respond to CBN News’ requests for comment on this story or the document.

This whole conspiracy necessitates that Media Matters also be anti-Israel. Because of course, if you don’t put Israel above America, then you’re somehow anti-Israel. Sorry, Jack – I’m an American. I’m pro-America. I’m anti-ANYHING that puts another country above my own. And there is nothing unreasonable about that. It’s what we should be able to expect from any American, isn’t it? I’m an American citizen, after all, not an Israeli citizen and Israel is no more special than any other friend of the United States. Apparently we should be cheering for these Israeli Defense Force thugs to brutalize unarmed Danes:

Everyone deserves an M1A4 carbine in the face. Now, don’t take this as a blanket slap at the IDF: they at least allow women in combat roles and let gay and lesbian soldiers serve openly, making them light-years more progressive than the Evangelicals taking over our military. There are bad apples in every tree, and Lt. Col Eisner of the IDF is one of them. What CBN News, FOX News and others need to understand is that disapproval of Israeli policies does not equal anti-Semitism. Were it, one could conclude from this video that the Israelis are anti-Dane, which is an absurd conclusion. I’m sure in other contexts, Lt. Col. Eisner could have sat down with a Dane and had an enjoyable experience.

But that’s not all: Israel aside, even if Media Matters is an anti-Christian organization, so what? Where is there a law against that? The United States abounds with anti-Pagan organizations – they’re called churches. Pastors spew anti-Pagan bias every Sunday from tens of thousands of pulpits across the nation. I’ve personally been accused of worshiping Satan more times than I can count. The Old Testament is one long anti-Gentile diatribe, a rejection of all things Pagan. The New Testament is little better. Christian denominations, for the better part of their existence, have been anti-Pagan, anti-heretic, anti-each other and violently so. The same can be said of anti-atheism in the political mainstream. So if a group is anti-Christian, where is the problem?

If it is okay to:

  • Hate Islam, as fundamentalist Christians do;
  • Hate Paganism, as fundamentalist Christians do;
  • Hate atheism, as fundamentalist Christians do;
  • Hate secularism, as fundamentalist Christians do;
  • Hate Mormonism, as fundamentalist Christians do;
  • Hate mainline Protestantism, as fundamentalist Christians do;
  • Hate liberalism, as fundamentalist Christians do;
  • Not to mention gays and lesbians transgender folk and women;

Then why is it not okay to hate Christianity?

This is what Media Matters says of itself:

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation — news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda — every day, in real time.

Using the website mediamatters.org as the principal vehicle for disseminating research and information, Media Matters posts rapid-response items as well as longer research and analytic reports documenting conservative misinformation throughout the media. Additionally, Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.

Now not for a minute do I believe that Media Matters is an anti-Christian organization; contrary to the report, they don’t even claim to be.

Being opposed to the behavior of a particular group of Christians is quite different from being anti-Christian. For example, New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman is not anti-Christian, though he is often accused of it. In his own words, “the only thing I attack in my writings (and not even directly) is a fundamentalist and conservative evangelical understanding of Christianity” and his comparison is useful here, that “to say for that reason that I attack Christianity is like saying that if you don’t like raspberry sherbet you don’t like any kind of ice cream” (Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, 2012).

Really, if Media Matters were actually anti-Christian, it’s difficult to see why fundamentalists would have a cause for complaint, because Media Matters clearly ain’t talking about them.

The problem for CBN News, FOX News and other conservative Christian groups is that Media Matters won’t fall in line, won’t play along with their song and dance like the mainstream media, and won’t look the other way as they try to poison American minds while trying to foist a theocracy on America. In other words, Media Matters is doing exactly what they said they do, which is to “analyze and correct conservative misinformation.” Apparently, correcting conservative misinformation is anti-Christian. The problem with Media Matters is that they tell the truth: that mainstream media reporting is heavily slanted in favor of a conservative Evangelical Christian position.

Presto! In a world where saying “Happy Holidays!” makes you guilty of waging a war on Christmas, telling the truth about media bias means you’re anti-Christian!

So be it. The only people who can control that flow of misinformation is fundamentalist Christianity itself and you know where they stand where dishonesty is concerned: squarely in the corner with the Father of Lies.  If we’re at the point where telling the truth makes you anti-anything, it’s time for fundamentalist Christians to start looking in the mirror. If they were truly Christian, they wouldn’t like what they see.

24 Replies to “CBN News Claims Media Matters is anti-Christian”

  1. I think Christianity is very confused. It stands against liberalism which in basis if fact is exactly where it should stand. No christian religion can stand with today’s conservatism and call itself christian. Point of fact, today we see the Catholics telling Paul Ryan his plan to destroy the lives of seniors, chidren and the poor is wrong. Will the Southern Baptist convention do the same? Oh hell no. This is one reason I do not consider Baptists a real religion but a political entity.

    Media matters goes after disinformation. If it strikes how to where baby jesus lives, so be it. Perhaps the religions involved should look at themselves and the political stand they ahve taken.

  2. So, now it’s a war on Christens instead of the reverse, where the Fundamental Christens and the Catholic Church have attacked the reproductive rights of women and the presidency of Obama
    I’m not surprised that CBN is now attacking Media Matters. Fox news is now attacking Media Matters, and The Daily Caller, that pinnacle of truthful unbiased news reporting, is attacking Media Matters on its reporting on Israel.
    What is taking place in this country is a full force frontal attack on our freedoms of speech, choice and civil liberties by a far right group of thugs hiding behind a religion. It seems that the more outrageously conservative your views, the more acceptable your membership in the GOP club.
    Our democracy is under attack by a well organized and financed minority of very conservative organizations (ALEC and the Koch brothers being the tip of this malignant engine)whose aim is to control the finances of our government, stop its regulations of financial institutions, arm the population and allow legalized murder (Stand Your Ground Laws) and continue to marginalize the role women play in the development of our society to name just a few of the more egregious assaults.
    The solution to all this? Continue to expose this growing cancer for what it is, an attack on the truth of what they are trying to do in the dark shadows of our government. Keep it up Hraf, keep it up!!!

  3. CBN loves Israel the way Minute Maid loves oranges. They love Jews rather less than that, and make no mistake, they are aware that a lot of the Media Matters people are Jewish. But I suppose they’ll call them “Rootless Cosmopolites”, or something. It worked for Stalin.

  4. …”if Media Matters were actually anti-Christian, it’s difficult to see why fundamentalists would have a cause for complaint, because Media Matters clearly ain’t talking about them…”

    Of course it has nothing to do with “them”.

    It’s a stop-thought campaign to keep their flock in line. If one of their faithful cultist were to go there and discovered that they WEREN’T being discussed or, that they learned something contrary to what they are bombarded with on a daily basis, then the cultist would have “doubts” about those who tell them who, what, where, when and how to worship…the links in the chain would start having “chinks” and weak links would start to a “chain of events”…can’t let anything to “chance” ya’ know–CERTAINTY is the name of their game.

    In reality, this really isn’t about “anti-christian” anything in as much as it’s all about keeping the followers from voting based upon reading all the information out there and making their own decision.

    Bottom line: They’re nipping this one in the butt before it spreads like cheap mayo on white bread at the Sunday go’ta’ meetin’ dinner.

  5. Oh fer cryin’ out loud. Raise your hand if you’re sick to death of these phonies telling us what is and is not “Christian.” In one generation conservative politics has effectively destroyed the church. Nice going.

  6. “if Media Matters were actually anti-Christian, it’s difficult to see why fundamentalists would have a cause for complaint, because Media Matters clearly ain’t talking about them”

    NICE ONE:-) Trust us when we say that when we refer to “Christians” we are not referring to the Dominionist fundamentalists who push cruel polices against the poor, are pro-premptive war (pro-death, pro murder, pro devastation), and hate minorities (defined as anyone who doesn’t think like they do). They are called “conservative extremist Christians” or “alleged Christians.”

    Jesus loved everyone. Come to the party, fundies.

  7. As long as he comes soon and in the words of Louis L’Amour, “reads them from the Good Book”

  8. If Media Matters is anti-Christian, they just won my allegiance. Especially if they are anti-Dominionist and anti-live-for-Israel kind of anti-Christians. These miscreants have besmirched Jesus’ teachings that were arguably anti-neo-Christianity. The whole religion thing is getting out of control and it’s time to neuter their political fascism before we finally become a theocracy.

  9. So you’re damn near a Sackett yourself! I still read and and re-read L’Amour’s novels. Just finished revisiting my two favorites, “The Man Called Noon” and “Flint”, though a couple of others come close.

  10. I have probably 50 of his books on the shelf. I got so at one time I could read one in less than 2 hours

  11. I used to have all of them – all of his westerns at any rate – but lost them in a fire. Have somewhat rebuilt the collection and have a few of them now on Kindle – it isn’t quite the same without that old paperback smell though

  12. i agree completely. You have to read paperbacks. I have kindle on my galaxy Nexus and its not the same.

  13. It is repulsive when these religions claim to be christian. In fact they have nothing in common with christianity, or faith, but instead are a machine of hate and as you said destroyed religion along the way.

  14. Couldn’t have summed it up better than that. Please, don’t let the sheeple forget that biggest supporters of W’s Torture program were white fundamentalist churchgoers, i.e., Far-Right conservatives of the “Spanish Inquisition” ilk.

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