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Biblical Headlines

Is there a liberal bias in today's mainstream media (MSM) in America? I have firmly believed for a long time that our nation's mainstream media is slanted to the left, but in recent months their liberal bias is undeniable by any honest person.

If there had been TV news and newspapers in Bible times, one would need very little imagination to come up with what would have been some of their headlines if they'd been written by the likes of today's MSM with their propensity for distortion, spin, and sensationalistic hype, using emotionally-charged words.

If Biblical headlines were written by today's liberal media...

On Red Sea crossing:
Pursuing Environmentalists Killed

On David vs. Goliath:
Psychologist Questions Influence of Rock

On Elijah on Mt. Carmel:
400 Killed

On the birth of Christ:
Animal Rights Activists Enraged by Insensitive Couple

On feeding the 5,000:
Disciples Mystified Over Behavior

On healing the 10 lepers:
Faith Healer Preys on Terminally Ill

On healing of the Gadarene demoniac:
Local Farmer Faces Bankruptcy After Loss of Pigs

On raising Lazarus from the dead:
Heirs Upset as Reading of Will Delayed

(from another news outlet)
On raising Lazarus from the dead:
FBI Investigates Suspected Identity Theft

On the miracle at the wedding in Cana
Police Unable to Locate Still

I know some people for whom "if it's in print, it must be true." Here's a picture of one of the all-time classic headline bloopers.

a picture of Truman with headline

In recent weeks especially, the media's handling of Sarah Palin has caused many more people to see this issue more clearly. Here at ivman's blague we like to provide a bit of balance. During World War II and beyond, Rosie the Riveter has been a cultural icon, recognizing the essential role of women in the war effort. Here's the readily recognized picture of Rosie:

picture of Rosie the Riveter

Every since John McCain's announcement and presentation of his running mate, Sarah Palin, the media's attention and intense scrutiny has been riveted on Palin. This past week someone sent me a great rework of the classic poster of Rosie to highlight a new cultural icon...

a picture of Sarah the riveter

Listen to and read very carefully the MSM's coverage of Sarah Palin. Their absolute hatred of this woman is so thinly veiled that you can see it pulsing and writhing below the surface.

Here's a great Kevin Tuma cartoon I've had in my files for a long time. It clearly shows the tenets of the "faith" of today's liberals.

cartoon about liberal faith

Do you see any of those things coming through in today's "news reporting?"

If your sole news sources are the mainstream media, I strongly suggest that you check out some other news sources to see a different angle on what you're hearing or, even more, to read news that the MSM purposely chooses not to report. The latter is very telling - it's the news you're not being allowed to hear by the MSM. Who knows what you might think if you heard it?!

Here are a few links to alternative news sources:




The DrudgeReport

I'll end this post with something about which it's impossible for me personally to be unbiased - our grandson Drew. Our daughter Nora is up at Meg and Jim's all this week. Here are a couple of pictures she posted on her Facebook. As he ate some ice cream, Drew said one of his new favorite words - NICE (which he pronounces "ni").

picture of Drew with ice cream on face

picture of Drew with ice cream on face


"Belief affects behavior, and behavior reflects belief." - Dr. M. Bruce McAllister

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23 Comments on “Biblical Headlines”

  1. #1 Anna
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Your grandson is beautiful!! And i absolutely agree with the mainstream media idea – they confuse the stories with the real news.

  2. #2 Carol 'Ro'
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for those alternative news sources, Rob! I generally only see the headlines online at Fox News. I am one who tends to ‘avoid the news like the plague” but have been trying in recent months to at least check out the headlines!

    As always, love the pictures of Drew!

  3. #3 Alfredo
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if liberals were attacking the media for giving Sarah Palin so much attention and Joseph Biden so little attention.

    After all, back in June, conservatives were accusing the media (rightly, I believe) of giving an unfair amount of coverage to Obama. See here: http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Obama+orgy&articleId=c59bf7fa-c458-40aa-819d-efd11aa13974

    Of course, one would also need to consider whether the attention given to a candidate is highlighting information that is positive, negative, or neutral for that candidate.

  4. #4 Laura
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    This was a FUN iv. No wonder the liberals don’t like so many parts of the Bible!

  5. #5 Rob
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    @Anna – I have to heartily agree with your comment.

    @Carol Ro – I’m glad you’re going to explore some of these other sources of news. After you read them, you will realize how much the MSM is covering up by choosing not to cover real news.

    @Alfredo – I don’t think the libs will be one bit upset about the excessive coverage of Sarah Palin since it’s mainly negative.

    @Laura – I’m pleased that you enjoyed it. Keep your great sense of humor!

  6. #6 Tim
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Oh dear. Okay, here goes:

    I try to, usually, be an honest person…I spend a lot of time all over different kinds of news sources…and I do not detect the media’s liberal bias. Unless “liberal” to some means asking hard questions of people we don’t believe should be plagued with hard questions.

    I furthermore detect no absolute nor thinly veiled hatred of Sarah Palin that is pulsing and writhing below the surface. The only thing that’s thin is her executive, governmental adequacy to serve in a presidential administration. Of course, her positions are a good match for socially conservative Americans, but I’d hate to think that that match would let them overlook an objective analysis of her governing record and style. I don’t know what liberal you’ve been reading that is writhing in hatred of her, but the only writhing, ranting, namecalling, innuendo-dropping I hear is from the Hannitys and O’Reillys. To them, a liberal is not a patriot, does not deserve to call himself an American, and has no brains. Yowsa.

    Finally, I detect no end of cuteness in that milk-mustachioed Drew of yours. All signs point to that he is not love-deprived!

  7. #7 Charles
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I get my news some times by reading the liberal news, and take the opposite of what they meant.

  8. #8 George
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Dont forget spectator.org and nationalreview.com. There are many many more. I’m sure glad Mr. Gore invented the internet. 🙂

  9. #9 Rob
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    @Tim – Wow, Tim, you aren’t reading and viewing some of the same things I’ve seen! Right after McCain’s announcement of his running mate, we began to be treated to all sorts of things we never would have heard said by the mainstream media about a liberal candidate.

    It began with mildly sexist remarks about her appearance – hairdos, glasses, etc. Then came the shocking news of her husband’s DUI over 20 years ago (without another one since then, I might add – when the media has said almost nothing about Obama’s association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright for over 20 years). Wright’s extreme, racist views on America are easily available, just not on MSM news sites which try to cover up such things. Then the media regaled us with what has to be the all-time best known pregnancy in the universe (I’m sure you’ve heard about it – Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter), all the while decrying people’s talking about such private matters in such a public manner. And did you catch any of Charlie Gibson’s interview with Sarah Palin? It wasn’t just hard questions – he was arrogant, condescending, and at times rude. Do you really think they ask Obama hard questions? It’s so softball it squishes! I’ve read columnists who call her white trash and a porn actress! That’s not hatred?!

    I’m not alone in my estimation, Tim. Here’s an article by Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe that you should check out.

    I’ll stop for now and let some of my readers comment further. I’ll agree with you at least on my grandson Drew. 😀

  10. #10 Rob
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    @Charles – your technique makes perfect sense to me.

    @George – Thanks for those sites! I’ll bet Algore rues the day he ever invented the Internet! He never guessed what a great tool it would be for circumventing the MSM’s stranglehold on the dessemination of information … or is that misinformation?!

  11. #11 Bet
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Love the headlines, Rob. I’ll share them with my journalism students. 😉

    I too thought the ABC interview of Palin went over the line. If you’ve seen the unedited transcript of the interview and compared it with what actually aired, you’ll see some distortions or at least an attempt by ABC to show her in a more negative light. Also Gibson misquoted her when he asked one question. And even the MSM exposed that mistake by Gibson, so in that respect they did a credible job.

  12. #12 David McGuire
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    The best example of the vacuous liberal mind comes from the election of 1972, when Richard Nixon defeated George McGovern 61% to 38%. The money quote comes from “Pauline Kael, the former film critic for the NY Times, famously wrote that she could not understand how Nixon won since nobody she knew voted for him.”

    It is abundantly clear that the MSM is in the tank for Obama this year. Indeed, Obama may have to get a larger tank so that all of his adoring reporters and correspondents can fit. If McCain/Palin win, the MSM will absolutely flip out!

  13. #13 Rob
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    @Bet – I agree that the ABC interview crossed the line, and I’m glad that Gibson’s mistake was exposed. I’m not saying that the MSM always does everything wrong – they actually do some things very well. But it bothers me greatly that they try to paint themselves as objective when in many matters they clearly are not. Actually the very liberal LA Times has done some very nice things for the families and friends of those who died as a result of that train accident – like sponsoring pages where people can post their memories.

    @ David – Becka and I laughed out loud at your example of Pauline Kael! And I totally concur that the vast majority of the reporters and correspondents are in the tank for Obama. Something is very fishy when you almost never hear anything negative about one candidate and almost never hear anything positive about the other candidate.

  14. #14 Michael
    on Sep 18th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Loved the biblical headlines especially the first one about Lazarus.

    And, we can’t be too hard on the Chicago Tribune for getting the headline wrong about Dewey defeating Truman. What contributed to that was the polling data the most recent of which had been taken several weeks before the election. As far as they knew, that was what the outcome was going to be. A classic mistake though nonetheless.

    And, my wife and I get a lot of news from the MSM in the form of NBC’s Nightly News (which I believe is the least liberal of the big three) and National Public Radio. We actually enjoy NPR quite a bit. Not because of the liberal bias (which we can clearly detect) but because they go in depth on so many stories. So much of what you see on TV and hear on the radio (even conservative media outlets) is so superficial and brief. You get a slant on how you should think, but you don’t come away really educated.

    Also, I would add that it’s important to have a balanced diet of information sources (as it appears most of the readers of this blog do). Seeing stories from several different angles helps you be more effective in communicating with others and causes them to be more receptive of the ideas you believe in. Besides, not everything the MSM puts forth should be discounted.

  15. #15 Rob
    on Sep 19th, 2008 at 6:12 am

    @Michael – Thanks for the historical perspective on the Truman photo with the headline gaffe. I agree that we need the balance of a variety of news sources. I’m not sure I would have seen the bias of the MSM if I hadn’t been able to check out some other sources. But checking those other sources makes it crystal clear that what the MSM gives out is only what they want the public to know about and in the way they want the public to see it. I think that’s what used to be called propaganda, isn’t it? 🙂

  16. #16 Deb
    on Sep 19th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Hi Rob ~ mostly I get my news from other people (husband, kids, my sister, etc.) after they find out what’s happening and tell me. That wasn’t one of your poll choices so I picked the newspaper because I do occasionally skim it. Loved your last funny about making headlines! Also love the Drew pics! Our first grandson is due early January, but he’ll be 10 hrs from us in Michigan, too, and I’m not sure we’ll get to see him as often as y’all make trips up there.

  17. #17 Rob
    on Sep 20th, 2008 at 7:37 am

    @Deb – don’t feel bad about getting your news secondhand. I go in waves – news junky to disconnected – depending on how sick I am of what is in the news. I know, though, that as a teacher I have a responsibility to keep up with what’s going on so that I can know scripturally how to assess it and/or address it.

    And let me tell you, you will be shocked at how often you will want to see that grandbaby! We’re planning a rendez-vous next month for a weekend in Cincinnati with Meg, Jim, and Drew to break up the time between our last visit up there in early July and Christmas either here or there. But we’ve actually seen our grandson and whoever is with him in March, April, May, June, and July so far this year (our visit there was at the end of June and first few days of July). That’s shamefully wonderful! 😀

  18. #18 Rhonda
    on Sep 20th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I wanted to explain my “none of these” vote on the poll–I get my news from the newspaper and alternative news sources–but that wasn’t one of your options! 🙂

  19. #19 Rob
    on Sep 20th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    @Rhonda – Sorry ’bout that … I thought I had come up with all the combinations. That’s why I put “none of these” … but that really doesn’t mean a whole lot, I guess. Hmmm… note to self – on the next poll, try to leave no holes. 🙂

  20. #20 Tim
    on Sep 21st, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks, Rob, for the Boston Globe column on Palin. When I pulled it up and started in on it, I realized again why don’t read newspaper columns, of whatever persuasion. I deliberately avoid them, in fact. I guess I just want to approach the facts of an issue as closely as one can approach them, and from more than one source so as to try to verify accuracy. In short, I’d rather read Isaiah or Origin of Species firsthand than read someone talking to me ABOUT them. I owe this tendency to my BJU liberal arts education, which taught me to read deeply, listen with a sense of history, weigh writers’ motives, and never stop asking questions.

  21. #21 Rob
    on Sep 21st, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    @Tim – thanks for stopping back by. I’m glad you read the column in the Globe. (I’m assuming you made it all the way through, even though you don’t like columnists.) I’m glad too that you acknowledge that media types come at what they’re writing or reporting with a persuasion, as you put it.

    That’s mainly what I was getting at in this blog post – the fact that the MSM claims to be objective and unbiased, but that just isn’t so. If they would just come out and say, “we’re in the tank for Obama” it would be more honest. It seems to be getting harder and harder to get real news – just the facts, Ma’am, just the facts! That’s why I explore some of the other outlets that I’ve put links to in this post – I want to find out the sides of stories and issues that I simply will not hear from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc.

  22. #22 Jessica Fitz Thompson
    on Sep 22nd, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Please forgive what may sound like criticism, but your news source poll doesn’t include talk radio. Or would that be considered traditional news media? I get almost all my news from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity–folks who are indeed biased and let you know right up front that they are.

  23. #23 Rob
    on Sep 22nd, 2008 at 9:23 am

    @Jessica – Once again, sorry that my poll didn’t contain talk radio. Thanks for sharing what you did. I like to listen to some talk radio once in a while, just to get biased news from a different bias. As you said, they let you know up front that they’re biased. Rush even calls himself “equal time” since the MSM usually will serve up all the news – just what they want to share as viewed through their prism.