For some reason I know all about a rodeo clown, Nixon’s tapes from over 40 years ago, and a typo on a Tea Party candidate’s campaign website, but as Newsbusters points out, “In the media’s wall-to-wall Egypt coverage, one important facet of the ongoing crisis has gotten short shrift: the deadly plight of that nation’s Christians.”
Newsbusters reports that, in retaliation for backing the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi, Islamists have targeted upwards of 80 Christian schools, churches and convents. Looting, arson, and the targeting of Christians for beatings and murder are now rampant.
The media, however, yawn.
This isn’t surprising. The media only report on what offers them a political upside. And because the media is mostly made up of secular leftists hostile to the Christian faith, they are loath to do any reporting that might put that faith in a sympathetic light. Or, Gaia forbid, portray Christians as victims.
The media are agenda-driven, not information or scoop or money or morality driven. They are happy to help President Obama and Al Sharpton manufacture a feeding frenzy out of a race hoax surrounding the fatal shooting of a black teenager in Florida. But only because there is plenty of political upside in that frenzy. The left thrive on racial division, love any excuse to push gun control, and know they need to distract from the failure of Obama’s economic policies.
The inexcusable murder rate in Chicago, however, gets only rote coverage, even though hundreds of teenage Trayvon Martins are gunned down every year. But to focus on that tragedy has no political upside for the media. On paper, Chicago is a liberal utopia: Democrat and union-run for decades, brutally high taxes, a welfare haven, and some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.
Because of this, the media know that any serious examination of Chicago’s appalling murder rate would require a critical look at left-wing policies. That is something the media will never do. So nothing is done because the media see a few hundred murdered teens as sacrifices to the Bigger Cause.
If Christians were attacking mosques in Egypt, you can bet it would be the biggest media story since a rodeo clown in Missouri dared mock Power.
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