Assist “News” and Gospel For Asia: Updated
For many years I’ve been a subscriber to Dan Woodings Assist News Service.
Loosely associated with Calvary Chapel, the donor supported subscription service sends out news reports on the persecuted church as well as puff pieces on “Christian” celebrities.
Wooding also has a program on Calvary’s KWVE radio in Southern California and a television program on hischannel.com
He describes himself as a “journalist”…and that’s where the problem begins.
The service has been sending out “news releases” from Gospel For Asia that look more like paid advertisements.
There have been no stories about the myriad controversies surrounding the charity.
No, not one.
I have sent numerous emails to Assist via the “contact me” feature of their website asking if these are paid releases and if so why they are not labeled as such.
This is the latest;
“This is the last of multiple emails I’ve sent inquiring about your relationship with GFA.
I will be running an article on this matter and would like a statement.
The question is this.
Why are you running paid stories as “news” in the light of the fraud and abuse allegations surrounding this organization?
I hope to hear from you soon as to how you justify potentially defrauding your readers.”
Crickets…there has been no response to any of my inquiries.
I do not know if Wooding is paid to post these missives or not.
I do know that (allegedly) there is no way of knowing where money sent to GFA goes.
I do know it’s not journalism to post these pieces without posting coverage of the controversy.
If the allegations against Gospel For Asia are proven true, Wooding is giving his readers just enough information to get robbed.
In these days when it’s so hard to determine what is really “news”, Christians should expect better.
Update: The former head of GFA communications has affirmed that Wooding is paid to post these “reports”.