The Especially Dishonest Political Media :: by Bill Wilson

Many comment about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s abrasive and combative nature. They say he is too confrontational to be president. Some Christians are refusing to vote for him because he is not “Christian” enough.

And the alternative is? C’mon. Really? Bernie Sanders is an atheist. And Hillary Clinton … are you really believing what you see when she dusts off the ole King James and parades in the front door of church before all the cameras and leaves out the back door before the sermon starts?

Her words and deeds have never aligned. Trump resonates with America because he is telling it like it is, what people would like to say, what they are thinking, even through a heavy media filter.

Case in point is Wednesday’s Daily Jot, quoting The Hill. The Hill is a publication for Capital Hill political junkies. It told some of the story about the confrontation between Trump and the media over his contributions to veterans groups. But it slanted the story toward the media as victims.

What really happened should guide Christians on how we discern what we read, hear and see from the news media. A reporter asked if this is the way it would be, if he would continue to attack the media if elected president; Trump said: “Yes, it is. Because you are the most dishonest people, political press the most dishonest people I know. You know it and I know it. The press is dishonest, but the political press is especially dishonest.”

Then Trump gave an example: “I don’t mind scrutiny. What I don’t like is lies.  You can scrutinize me all day long but you set up false premises. You state things about me that are not true. Then you run stories on that. That’s why I’m out here trying to correct the record.”

Trump’s contributions to veteran’s organizations were key. He said he was going to contribute $6 million and the contribution to date was $5.6 million, so the press was essentially calling him a liar. He said of his contributions, “I don’t want the credit for it, but I don’t want to be lambasted.”

Trump’s point was that he was doing something good, but the media was making it look like he was doing something bad, unethical or illegal. In twisting the facts, the media is insinuating that Trump is a liar—when in fact, the media is mixing a little bit of truth to create a better lie.

Moreover, Americans have been so conditioned to be genteel that when a man stands up and actually fights an injustice, he is considered too abrasive. America is in a great deal of trouble right now due to the Islamic Marxist influence on media and politicians.

They are seeking to destroy the American ideal and replace it with a totalitarian system. They are dishonest and unjust in the name of honesty and justice. The advice with a warning of Ephesians 5:6 comes to mind:

“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”

We must alertly discern and be aware of the “especially dishonest” political media.

Have a blessed and powerful day!

Bill Wilson