The Talking Lion

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The War on Christmas...

First and foremost, as is clear to anyone with a discerning mind, there is no war on Christmas. It's bullshit and it's not worth wasting my sore fingers discussing it.

But I saw this rather funny yahoonews story about how a bunch of supergigantochurches are closing their doors on Xmas:
This Christmas, no prayers will be said in several megachurches around the country. Even though the holiday falls this year on a Sunday, when churches normally host thousands for worship, pastors are canceling services, anticipating low attendance on what they call a family day.

OK fine, it's not big deal. It even makes sense if the attendance is going to be low. I mean, why should a godly man waste his breath on a few stragglers with no family or something. It's a waste of the electricity needed to run the mic and slideshow.

All kidding aside, I don't care if these churches have a pagan carnival in their halls, they can do what they want. But I do think it's funny that yahoo included this sentence in the story:
Critics within the evangelical community, more accustomed to doing battle with department stores and public schools over keeping religion in Christmas, are stunned by the shutdown.

I mean, when your own church decides to take the day of days off, it's kind of hard to regain any leverage you had with Macy's.

Also I think that this story is a good example of complete journalism. The fact that Xtians all over the place are whining about discrimination and intentional disrespect from anyone who refuses to tattoo "Jesus Jesus Jesus" on their throat is an important peice of this story that would have been left out as little as 4 months ago. Perhaps this would have gone unreported; I mean, the press has recently been praised for "growing a backbone" but I am slightly more cynical. I would say that the actual facts and developments and events that require reporting are so obviously vile and indicative of everything thats wrong with the current admin that any reporting on this at all would appear as though the major media outlets is taking a stand. But in reality, I think that its just that you can't ignore things like Katrina and secret prisons and climbing death toll and no real achievment in Iraq. And becuase the press couldnt get away with not reporting any of these things, they begrudgingly did. Which took everyone by surprise.

We weren't used to being told the bad things loudly. So we praised them and their refreshing and reasserted journalism. And luckily a few of them took it to heart and began doing it in earnest, but I think any journalist who didn't cover these stories would have been guilty of gross negligence. So, not to give yahoo too much credit, this story is relevant solely because of the O'Rileys and Gibsons and their attentionwhoring ways rousing up simple minded house fraus with nothing better to do but yell at the minum wage secretary manning the phones at Sears.

This is getting a little too unfocused rant-y for my tastes. SO let my rephrase my point succinctly:

It's all good and well to give credit for journalism where it is due. We are quite obviously in a time where elected officials are committing unethical acts so often to the point of absurdity. Asking questions that are tough and revealing in light of all that has happened is easier now. The fact that it'e easier now makes todays important questions less newsworthy.

What I'm saying is I wish journalists would have asked the tough and revealing questions when it was tough. Perhaps we wouldn't be stuck in a shitty Iraq situation, perhaps we wouldn't be stuck with 4 more years of the worst president in our nation's history.


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