The Gold Standard
If you are looking for some kind of gold-standard when it comes to one-sided, biased news coverage of this event — this is the story for you. This is a shake-your-head classic when it comes to assuming that there is only one side in this argument that deserves serious attention and, yes, respect.
Let’s start with the report’s coverage of the conservative side of the story. Ready?
Well, actually, there isn’t anything to quote. Sorry about that.
The story does not include a single sentence of material drawn from African, Asian or American delegates or insiders who support the [United Methodist] church’s teachings that sex outside of traditional marriage is sin. That’s a stance that would be affirmed by leaders of the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, the majority of the world’s Anglicans, almost all Baptists and, well, you get the idea.
Journalists do not, of course, have to agree with this approach to doctrine. However, there’s no way around the fact that this point of view is crucial, in this debate, and it would help if readers had a chance to understand why traditional religious believers defend this stance.
I’ve learned three things from the United Methodist 2019 General Conference new coverage:
- Although liberal Churches in general are still shrinking, a few “progressive” Methodist congregations are among the denomination’s largest.
- Mainstream media are even more shamelessly partisan than I thought.
- Liars still can figure.
On that last point, consider that red-blue maps of the U.S., showing how much turf voted for Trump, and the liberal reply that turf doesn’t vote, and more people voted for Hillary than for Trump.
Now flip it, with progressive United Methodists saying “We’re gonna hurt you bad if we leave; look at all the turf in the progressive Western Conference and in Germany.” The conservatives reply “the American South and Africa outnumber the Western Conference and Germany by nearly 20-tio-1.”