Let’s play a journalism game for a minute, one that we have played before here at GetReligion (for an example, click here). We call it the mirror-image game.
Let’s assume, for a second, that the Southern Baptist Convention elected a new president. Then, shortly thereafter, three of the convention’s top leaders were purged – perhaps the phrase would be “placed on administrative leave” – because of accusations of misconduct while on the job.
Oh, and there were some really strange and shady things in the recent past, like reports of top Southern Baptist leaders spying on each other – literally.
Do you think that this story would receive any mainstream coverage? Would that draw coverage in The New York Times, the Associated Press and/or regional newspapers?
Now let’s look in the mirror image. Way back on Dec. 11, the new leader of the Episcopal Church – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry – released a letter, care of the denomination’s official news service, that said in part:
I need to inform you that on Wednesday I placed on administrative leave Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer, Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission, and Alex Baumgarten, Director of Public Engagement. This is a result of concerns that have been raised about possible misconduct in carrying out their duties as members of senior management of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.
I want to be clear. My decision should not be confused with a finding of fault, but is necessary to allow us to find clarity. We are taking these allegations seriously and there will be a full and fair examination of the concerns that have been raised to be conducted expeditiously by an independent investigator. To protect the integrity of that process, we will not be able to say more about the concerns at this time.
I immediately began running online searches looking for mainstream media coverage of this story. Ditto for my esteemed GetReligion colleague Richard Ostling, who lives in greater New York City, where TEC is based.
So what did we find?
Zero. Zip. Nada. Niente. Nichevo.
Certain people will be smeared with contempt by the Mainstream Media at any opportunity.
Other people… not so much.
I’m sure that you know which category you fall, Christian.
Fortunately, the vast, unstouchable media empires are falling apart – rather slowly for my tastes, but the trendlines are clear.
In the meantime, understand that God demands more from those who love Him than from His enemies, who are committed to going to hell… and in taking along as many as they can. “After all, truth is determined by which ideology has is the largest number of prestigious men – or at least, who has political power – so the more of the Right Sort, the better!”
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? — Hebrews 12:7-9