The Day That Journalism Died

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16 Responses

  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    Yes journalism is pretty much dead. It is bought sold and prostituted. Journalists are whores and hounds. The motives are self serving and prejudiced.

    of course I am a pastor,

    We might be worse, ask anyone.

  2. Michael says:

    I wrote this purely for my own benefit and soul…and in gratitude for the comrades in arms I have that I didn’t have when I started.

  3. Em again says:

    Michael, you perhaps think that i don’t get it, but i do and i agree with every word you’ve written in this post… i’ve seen many good things and ideas die over my lifetime – i suspect corruption will always ultimately prevail until our Lord’s return…
    i admire your insights, but i sometimes forget your tender heart – i apologize for that – except where my children are concerned, God has given me the gift of detachment (not the same as denial) – i thank Him for that – without Him, i’d be dangerous, i guess – without Him, frankly, i’d probably not have reached a ripe (ugh) old age…

    God keep

  4. Michael says:

    Em,

    My strength is my weakness…I don’t detach well and tend to feel everything too much.
    You owe me no apology…you’re one of my (and our) treasures here.

  5. Babylon's Dread says:

    Buy the truth and sell it not…

    Where in the world is someone who wants the truth more than they want to be sourced.

  6. Jean says:

    It seems that the combination of the dispersion of information over the internet and the tenacity of bloggers is killing traditional journalism. It’s getting harder and harder for us news consumers to find trustworthy sources. There’s a lot of information out there, but its quality is very difficult to discern. I’m at the point where I am skeptical of just about everything.

    What day is it? 🙂

  7. Em again says:

    i’m not sure that tender heart is a “weakness” – would this blog be here, if you didn’t possess it?
    one thing i love about the original 12 disciples that the Lord chose, is that they seem to represent so many different personality types – and you may be more like old Peter than you know – “if you’re going to hang me, then hang me upside down – dammit!!!” lol

  8. Em again says:

    Jean, what day follows Sunday? 🙂

    i think that journalism has always been a bit biased – the publisher rules… now it’s just shallow and careless… sometimes, if you’re watching TV, the commercials seem a part of the broadcast, itself

  9. nathan priddis says:

    It will be interesting when all the stories come out. And I believe that generally, what is said in secret does get shouted from the rooftops eventually. Assist News Service is beginning to look like a parasite on the Body of Christ, to me at least.

    One angle to these sort of stories is the level of paranoia in the Church. It is almost as if we need to believe that we are being persecuted or face immanent threat to our lives because of faith.

    Both the GFA and Saeed stories only work because of this paranoia and victim-hood. In the 2013 GFA financial report, a cover letter specifically addressed “international security concerns.” It was the only issue in the three sentence letter and requested no dissemination of the report. Secrecy, or it’s perceived need, is a central foundation to the fraud, corruption and all-round buffoonery now rampant in the Church.

    In the last week there has been online discussions over at WT about anti GFA allegations appearing to have originated from mentally ill persons. Previously, I looked at these sort of allegations as online litter. Now, I’ve changed my mind. If a major ministry is claiming they receive “internet persecution” they should be called out.

    In the GFA allegations, the individuals go to great lengths to describe the voices hey hear in their heads. GFA goes to great lengths to describe the massive persecution they face in India. This persecution is coming from who? People with voices in their heads?

    Saeed, GFA, or whatever ministry of the week, should be expected to identify the who, what, when and where of persecution claims if that is the basis for soliciting the Christian community. In GFA’s case, identifying their persecutors is a legitimate question for the witness stand. If said persecution turns out to be a couple of mentally ill persons hunched over a keyboard in India, GFA management should face the loss of credibility in front of a jury.

    It’s time for a new era in the Church. Let’s call it The Great Embarrassment Age.

  10. Michael says:

    Em,

    The other night I had an epiphany of sorts.
    I was drowning in a sea of unpleasant information whilst trying to remember when my heart condition became noticeable for my doctors.
    I hate to say that “the Lord showed me” anything, but the symptoms started right around the time of Bowdens death.
    I’ve never really gotten over that…and I needed to know why.
    Now, I know…and I had to write it out or be captive to it.

  11. Michael says:

    Well said, Nathan…

  12. Em again says:

    @ #7 – sitting there drinking my second cup of coffee and eating my bowl of cold cereal (i hate cold cereal), it dawned on me that you can’t hang/lynch someone upside down

    maybe i could get a job as a script writer for Dumb and Dumber? lol

  13. Papias says:

    Maybe this has already been posted and commented upon:

    Bono Wants Christian Music To Get More Honest

    The U2 musician said that he sees a “lot of dishonesty” in modern Christian music.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bono-wants-christian-music-to-get-more-honest_us_5720f787e4b0f309baef690d

    Replace the word “music” with the word “journalism” and you get the same result.

  14. Mr Jesperson says:

    I am grateful for bloggers like Michael who are not following the world system. I am glad that there are writers who care about the truth and are not pursuing worldly fame and wealth by playing “the game.” I am glad that there are musicians who are doing music out of a love for the art and God himself and not making it all about themselves. I am glad that there are a few good pastors like mine who are doing their best to follow their conscience and the Holy Spirit instead of “the God of Success.” His church went from being one of the biggest here to a few dozen without scandal being involved. God tested his heart, just as he does to all of us. He went through a Gideon like test and got freed up from the ol’ horse and pony show. God’s Kingdom is upside down from the world. If only Christians had eyes to see…

  15. Julie Anne says:

    Michael,

    Over the years, I have grown to respect you so much. Your integrity, compassion towards the hurting, and dedication to truth is admirable.

    I feel honored to know such a man with a true shepherd’s heart. Thank you for all you do!

  16. Michael says:

    Julie Anne,

    Thank you my friend…you know the feeling is mutual. 🙂

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